Pickled Turnip


Wow. It sure has been a while since I’ve posted on The Cookbook Guru but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up with all the contributions that have been added over the past couple of months. It’s always great to see how recipes are interpreted and shared.

For October we’ve been offered Saha by Greg and Lucy Malouf as The Cookbook Guru’s book of the month.

What an amazing book. A kind of modern twist on some of the foods I grew up on. I’m looking forward to a lot of the recipes in this book and though I can say I will try to follow the recipes as they are written, you and I both know I won’t. For instance:

Pickled Turnips

4 turnips

1 beetroot

2 1/2 Tblsp salt

boiling water

white vinegar

(The recipe also calls for peppercorns, thyme and bay leaves but instead I added a few fresh red chillis which is the way my mother makes them.)

IMG_1450 Trim and wash the turnips and beetroot. Cut them in half then in wedges or batons then mix them together and place them in a sterilized jar


Dissolve the salt in about 500ml boiling water.

Fill 1/3 of the jar with vinegar then top up with salted water to cover the turnips. Seal and turn the jar upside down a couple of times to make sure everything is mixed.

Store in a cupboard for about 5-7 days to allow the turnips to pickle. Once opened store in the fridge.IMG_1453IMG_1455

We serve these pickles as part of a mezza or as an accompaniment to just about any savoury dish. I love them best in a falafel roll. Yum.

As always…


Local Tasmanian goodies…..


This was a feast. There was so much to choose from.

Basically we picked up bits and pieces from different places as we travelled along.

Tasmania is a great place to visit.

We started in Launceston and made our way anti-clockwise around the state. Unfortunately it was raining and snowing around Cradle Mountain so we didn’t get to do the magical walks we wanted to, but it was a beautiful place to be, standing on our little verandah watching a huge wombat eating the grass below.

Then heading west to Strahan and Queenstown and all the little towns along the way. Picking our way through a list of nature walks.

Onto Derwent Bridge, then Hobart.

Thanks to Emily (Chilli Marmalade)’s recommendation we dined at ‘Smolt’ in Salamanca Square. If you’re ever in Hobart you should try it. We started with the taster plate then had Lamb with smokey eggplant purée and Venison with spiced cauliflower almond and quinoa salad. Plus local wines and beers.

It was very, very satisfying.

oh and you’ve got to visit Salamanca Markets on every Saturday. Fantastic atmosphere.image

South of Hobart is Kettering where we caught the ferry across to Bruny Island for a couple of nights then back up and around to the Tasman Peninsula. Beautiful part of the state.

Bruny Island is where we had the little mezza in the first photo. The veggies and olives were from Salamanca Markets, the smoked ham from a deli and we stopped off at a lovely bakery/cafe called Jackman & McRoss in Battery Point on the way to the ferry for the yummy sourdough bread. We stopped at Bruny Island Cheese once we were on the island, (oh and we had also stopped and shopped at Ashgrove Cheese Farm near Deloraine)  and bought a couple of new cheeses, then off to ‘Get Shucked’ for a dozen oysters for $12 and I juicy lemon for 60c.

Along with the tassie wine and beer it made for an absolute feast.

Onwards and upwards then stopping at Freycinet National Park where we climbed the saddle between two mountains to an amazing lookout over Wineglass Bay.image

We had a short stopover at Bicheno where we walked along the coast on huge rocks to get to a blowhole then to a bakery for good strong coffee and sausage rolls by the boat ramp while fending off crazy sea gulls.

Continuing up the Tasman Highway to St Helen’s then up bright and early to make our way back to Launceston for a final night.

Polished off the rest of the Tassie cheeses with some apples and carrots and the last glass of Tamar Ridge Pinot Gris before heading out for a healthy Thai meal finishing with some lovely green tea and pistachio ice cream.

it’s been a very full couple of weeks but we had a great time. Tasmania is a beautiful place to visit we’re already planning our next trip. Though we’ll probably come during late summer and take advantage of all the berry farms that are scattered all over the country side.


I can’t wait…..