Mango Hill Cottages & Hill Of Promise Winery
- Complimentary Breakfast
- Private Cottage
- Double From $150 Per Night
- Free Wine Tasting!
The Little Cellar Rat cannot remember a year that was harsher and drier than 2019 (and she’s lived here for 46 years) so it is just SOOOO delightful to see a green tinge returning, shoots on shrubs and trees and that unmistakable perfume of freshly cut grass.
No, the tanks aren’t full and the dams aren’t overflowing but it’s a start that puts a lightness in the step and a song in the heart!
I can’t imagine not having Mr Basil in the kitchen. He is such a versatile herb and the basis for so much ‘cucina siciliana’.
Well now is the time to get those basil cuttings going. Pick a few pieces (or beg, borrow or steal from a friend), stip the boots leaves and keep in water, change daily. Before you can say ‘la dolce vita’ you will have gorgeous white roots appear and ready to plant out in a few weeks.
These appeared after 3-4 days in water!
If you’ve kept seeds from a previous crop, get them into some soil at once and in no time you will have those fat little first two leaves popping up to greet you.
It doesn’t take long for nature to respond to rain.
If you keep your eyes open, there is always something to take you by surprise and energise your heart and soul.
This Brazilian cherry was given a serious prune. Just look at the response once life-giving rain came!
Happy Discovering to all…. be it in your own garden or that of a neighbour.
Here at HILL OF PROMISE a roast leg of lamb is a regular on the menu, no matter what the season. In summer, it doesn’t have to be the traditional hot roast + veggies with the little chef on the verge of heat exhaustion! Sliced, warm roast lamb dances very well with various salads, from warm potato salad right through to ones based on quinoa, lentil’s, brown rice and the like.
Our local butchers ‘extra-ordinaire’ BUCK and WADE @ BUCKS BUTCHER SHOPPE-CHILDERS not only have superb, top quality lamb but ideas on how to cook it as well.
A roast leg is really good value because it’s the cut that keeps on giving’, in the form of tasty cold meat for sandwiches and lunches afterwards.
The Little Cellar Rat swears by her 40-year old oval LE CREUSET – no oil, nothing but a dusting of flour, S and P, and a spring of rosemary (from the winery herb patch of course!) A lemon cut in half and removed 3/4 way through cooking is delicious, finely sliced on the side.
You asked for a post to let you know the 3 RIGHT HANDS FORTIFIED RED is back on the self so here it is!
Just as luscious and syrupy as always.
Great with a sharp cheddar and muscatel grapes or whatever takes your fancy.
If you aren’t in the area, get a friend who’s passing through to pick some up for you! 07 4126 3470 or 0408 875 305 Too easy!!
Some dishes come and go in cycles, some never go out of fashion. I feel this way about a QUICHE. The Little Cellar Rat is gluten intolerant and over time has adapted recipes to suit. Sometimes it is a bit of trial and error and usually involves finding the right flour.
This has been the case with a QUICHE which is so handy to have for a light lunch or evening meal. All it needs is a Garden Salad or Slaw/Salad.
This one has finely diced bacon or ham from local BUCKS BUTCHER SHOPPE.
When you visit the cellar door, ask TLCR for her recipe. Happy to share!!
The Little Cellar Rat is not a lover of gadgets – kitchen or otherwise – but does a little Happy Dance when she comes across one that is fit for purpose and makes a job quick and easy.
She likes to share her finds with other Foodies and GOTY (Gadget of the year 2019) has to be herb scissors. Want to snip a few chives, Italian parsley or mint over sliced jacket potatoes for an easy-peasy side dish….. Herb Scissors does it!! No chopping board or knife needed and it’s something you can do at the last minute. Around the $18 mark, you can pick them up at the most surprising places eg Post Office. Mine was a holiday buy when staying at Brunswick Heads.
buona cucina!! PS easy clean? Yes, they come with a tiny ‘brush’ to extract every piece and they are not sharp… so no cut fingers.
The prolonged dry conditions have showcased which plant varieties will tolerate the lack of regular watering. One species which has shown its resilience is the IVORY CURL (or BUCKINGHAMIA.)
Have you been intoxicated by its glorious perfume? We’ve been calling it the CARAMEL TOPPING TREE for decades because that’s what the perfume immediately makes you think of. If you are not lucky enough to have one in your streetscape or garden, come on out to HILL OF PROMISE CELLAR DOOR and take in a headful of ours! There’s a table and chairs where you can sit and admire it…. beats a table in Tuscany! Or so we think.
When the Festive Season seems to be all about chocolate, the freshness of citrusy Lemoncello on Ice is a definite thirst quencher.
Choose your favourite glass, add chuncks of ice and pour in a dash or two of LEMONCELLO. Sicilian LIMONCELLO is 40%, whereas our LEMONCELLO is 20%.
Adding a twist of lemon, lime or a sprig of mint makes it a little bit fancy… but there’s noting wrong with basic!
We’re spoilt for choice now with all the great salad ideas coming into your inbox and in every foodie magazine so there is no excuse for boring salads….. but you really can’t go past a ‘Mango Salsa’ as a quick and super-tasty side salad to go with anything barbecued or chargrilled.
Just remember the colours:
ORANGE – diced mango
RED – diced flesh of Roma tomatoes (discard the pulpy seeds)
PURPLE ONION – diced
GREEN -torn mint leaves
Pop them all into a bowl, add a splash of balsamic vinegar and a kiss of chilli flakes. Oh, and the Usual Suspects of S and P.
The Perfect Stop-Over Point to
Explore South East Queensland
- Located at our winery - Hill Of Promise!
- Situated half-way between Brisbane & Rockhampton
- 40 minutes to Bundaberg
- 50 minutes to Maryborough
- 30 minutes to Woodgate beach
- 60 minutes to Hervey Bay & Departure points for Fraser Island & Lady Elliott Island
- 2.25 hours to 1770 - The departure point for Lady Musgrave Island