November Newsletter 2018

November 2018

Welcome to the November Newsletter from the team at Home Sous Vide.

So the silly season is upon us…well almost! The daylight is stretching longer and before we all know it we will be rolling into December with the joyous Christmas Carols playing in the background as you brave the crowds, the stress and madness of wondering what to buy your loved ones.

Fear not, you don’t have to be pulled into the mayhem. Just sit back, make a few short lists and you’ll have everything covered. We will even provide you with some inspiration to make Christmas as stress free as possible.

This month we visit a local cafe favourite, have a look at the best produce this season, provide a tip for the garden and of course you’ll receive some great sous vide ideas this Christmas.

Let’s go ahead and enjoy the Season!

Libby Prentice

In this issue:

  • Foodie Focus – Round Bird Can’t Fly, Lilydale
  • In Season – Strawberries are a punnet of joy!
  • In Store – Fantastic Gift Ideas for Christmas
  • Christmas Recipe – Squabbling over Tasty Turkey Wings
  • In The Garden – What to plant


I have been frequenting this quaint cafe on the outskirts of Melbourne for some time and thought it would be a great first entry for our new ‘In Focus’ segment of the newsletter, that zooms in on cafes around Australia that make use of the best fresh, local produce for us foodies enjoy. Round Bird is a great example of wholesome comfort food prepared with love, with simple decor and a relaxed cafe feel. Local artists works adorn the walls and there is an offering of produce in the food store that brings together the best of Lilydale and Yarra Valley produce.

I distinctly remember my first meal at Round Bird as I am not usually one to select the Vegan option …but on this occasion the dish really appealed to me. And I wasn’t disappointed! The balance of colour, flavour and texture on the plate was absolutely beautiful and from this point on I was hooked. What’s more, the menu changes seasonally, so you’ll always be surprised with something deliciously new that will blow your taste buds away.

Great coffee goes without saying and the handmade marshmallow with the hot chocolate is a wonderful delight. You can also choose from an array of hand made sweet morsels for morning or afternoon tea.

Whether you are stopping in for a coffee, an informal business breakfast, lunch with friends, or just stocking up from the produce that includes meats, dairy, bread, tea, coffee, mustard’s, granola, jams, relish, chutneys, sauces and spices, you are sure to enjoy Round Bird Can’t Fly.

“The philosophy behind the food is to cook for our customers like we would for house guests; wholesome comfort food prepared with love to be enjoyed amongst friend and family.”
Laura Webb-James, Owner of Round Bird Can’t Fly

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If you are fortunate enough to have strawberry farms near you, now is the time to drop past and buy them in bulk for making strawberry jam. You don’t have to buy the best. Instead go for the B or C grades which are perfect for jam making. If you are not near a grower, then keep your eye out at your local grocer store as they are sure to have some specials available. Coles and Woolworths have already had some great specials in the past week.

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Sometimes it’s really hard to buy gifts, particularly for those who seem to have everything. If you are struggling to think of a Christmas gift for your ‘foodie’ family member or friend, visit the Home Sous Vide website and take advantage of some great offers. And remember to get it early so that your goods arrive in plenty of time before the big day!

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When we first tried this recipe and served it to the kids it was a resounding thumbs up! Turkey wings are nowhere near as fiddly as chicken wings due to their size and these can be prepared a few days in advance with only a short reheating required on the day. The only problem you will have is the squabble over who gets the last one!

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It’s not too late to plant your tomatoes! Remember that different varieties produce fruit at different rates, so if you choose them well you could have tomatoes from December all the way through to May.