As you might have guessed by now, my posts tend to be expressions of our passions of certain food places and their dishes in Townsville. Today’s post is going to be the same but different.
One of our foodie passions is finding local businesses that make absolutely delicious, fresh produce (see my Favourites Tab for examples of these :D). One of our discoveries last year at the Cotter’s Markets is Pope Jams, a stall selling homemade-style jams, marmalade, chutney, relish, pickles and local natural honey. The stall was run by the owners themselves who told us about founding the now commercial Anathoth Farm when they were in New Zealand. It got so big that it became “all about the money, instead of the products”, so Mr. Pope left his own company to start afresh a company that was truly celebrating AMAZING homemade Jams and Chutneys – hence was born Pope Jams in Townsville!
There was a time where we would always have at least 2 tubs of relish/pickle in the fridge and 2 waiting in the pantry, but then alas – I couldn’t find their stall at Cotter’s Markets anymore!!
That said, we were still able to purchase Pope’s products from The Spirited Goat, who uses Pope’s Tomato Relish, Farmstyle Pickle and Beetroot Chutney in their awesome meals (we had been going on about how Spirited Goat had the best Tomato Relish in Town before discovering that they were using Pope’s!). But selling at $6/tub when we could get 3 for $12 from the man himself, we would rather search from his stall ourselves.
Long story short, we found him today quite randomly at King’s Road Markets, Castletown Shopping World where he and his amazing products will be there every Wednesday and Saturday!! My pantry (and belly…and tongue) thanks you!
Our favourites of their collection (which they always have out to try at their stalls on handy gluten-free crackers) – are the Tomato Relish and Farmstyle Pickle. The Tomato Relish is a perfect blend of sweet and spicy, chunky and actually tastes better as it ages. The Farmstyle Pickle is something quite unique to Pope’s – a chunky mix of pickled vegetables with a perfect blend of pickled sourness, sweet and spicy. Both go with most fresh salads, sandwiches and deli meats.
To celebrate my now-filled pantry, today will be my first Recipe Post as well. A very basic, quick yet amazingly delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch dish of Smashed avocado, semidried tomatoes, Farmstyle Pickle, Jarlsburg cheese and ham on sourdough. It’s a dish inspired by Spirited Goat’s “Farmstyle Smashed Avocado“, and I think almost, if not equally, as delicious and healthy.
Farmstyle Pickle + Avo Recipe
Meal Type: Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch
- 1/2 a Medium-sized Hass Avocado
- 1/4 Fresh Medium-sized Lemon
- 5-6 semi-dried tomatoes (mine were from Christo’s Deli, so good!)
- 1 Tsp (or more if you like it!) of Pope’s Farmstyle Pickle
- 2 Thick-cut slices Sourdough bread (I used wholemeal + spelt sourdough from Three Loaves Bakery – YUM)
- 6 slices Deli-style Shaved Ham (I used Honey Leg Shaved Ham from Don)
- 4 pieces of Jarlsberg Cheese (optional)
- Cracked Pepper and Salt to taste
1. In a medium bowel, break apart 1/2 avo into chunks, then squeeze lemon juice over top (I like to roll the whole lemon on the table to better release the lemon’s oils so the juice is more delish).
2. Crack pepper and salt over the top (I like a lot of pepper and salt, so about 1/4 Tsp each – but you can also put a bit first then season to taste after you smash the avo)
3. Use a fork to mash the avo against the sides and base of the bowl, along with mixing the lemon juice, salt and pepper through it. I like to leave mine a bit chunky (which is more classic of a good smashed avo), but you can make it as smooth as you want.
4. Cut semi-dried tomatoes into 1cm pieces, then add to smashed avo. Fold into smashed avo gently, so spread through evenly but not until tomato juices are staining the avo.
5. Place 1 Tsp (or more if desired) of Farmstyle Pickle into smashed avo and fold through.
6. Freshly slice your bread (if not already pre-sliced) and lightly toast (I like mine lightly toasted to add warmth and texture to the dish, but this isn’t a must)
7. Now time to assemble! Halve the smashed avo onto each slice of bread evenly. Place Jarlsberg cheese on top, 2 pieces each.
8. Top with 3 slices of shaved ham on each slice of bread
9. Et voila!
Kudos to The Spirited Goat for inspiration on this simple yet delicious dish 🙂
Thanks again for reading and have a good one! 🙂