Beerenberg Farm

Well hello everybody,
Happy, happy belated New Year!
Today’s the first day of school for the year here in Australia and back to blogging for me.
I’ve had the most wonderful summer, beginning with spending Christmas in Adelaide and staying on until New Years Day.  It was great spending that time with family and friends, the weather was hot and the clear blue water, pale yellow sand and lack of people at the inner city beaches was blissful.  We also witnessed some magnificent sunsets. One of the best beaches we visited was at Port Willunga, a coastal village on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  We perched ourselves on the beach, swam and when hungry climbed the stairs up a hill to order fish, chips and salad at the iconic Star of Greece cafe and restaurant.  The Star of Greece is named after an iron cargo shipped wrecked at this beach in 1888 during one of the storms that can sometimes occur on this calm coastline.  
Another highlight was visiting Beerenberg Farm in the Adelaide Hills.  Beerenberg Farm is a family run business that manufactures jams, marmalades and condiments, who also offer pick your own strawberries.

The farm was busy at this time of year, we queued, paid at the cashiers, were issued with our plastic containers and began our descent down the hill to the strawberry patch.  Groups of people were passing with containers mounded high laden with the bright red fruit.  I was worried there wouldn’t be any strawberries left for us to pick, no need, strawberries were growing abundantly.

The strawberries were plump, sweet and juicy.  We were invited to Nick’s brothers house in the Adelaide Hills for dinner that night and brought the strawberries for dessert.  All that was needed was to mix them with some caster sugar and a splash of balsamic vinegar, served with some vanilla ice cream it was a sublime combination.

Another mouthwatering combination is strawberries dipped in chocolate.  I dipped these ones in 70% dark chocolate.  So easy, put a pot of water on to boil, place your chocolate in a glass or heatproof bowl.  Place over the pot (make sure the water isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl) and stir every now and then until your chocolate is melted.  Take the bowl off the pot, dip your strawberries and place on a tray lined with non stick baking paper.  Place in the fridge until set.

I’m excited to be back and look forward to touching base with you all again.  My new blog design is about three weeks away.  I know it’s taken a long time, there are so many details to work out and I’ve found it’s not a project you can rush.  I can’t wait to reveal it to you all.

Much love to everyone and see you Monday.

Catherine x


  1. mel

    Welcome back I missed you! The strawberry farm looks like so much fun and you know I actually tried to go picking with the kids, looked it up and only arrived to find out its a farm you can buy from but not pick. Anyhow the strawberry fast was out of this world! I so can't wait to see the new blog design but totally agree, it's something that you must be happy with. Mel xx

  2. Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things

    Hi Catherine, what a beautiful post!

    I used to take my children strawberry picking and blueberry picking (and cherry and blackberry picking too!).

    Beerenberg is a great place… Peter and I visited, but it was off season, so now picking. Happy new year to you… and happy cooking too xo

  3. Catherine Bedson

    @Amanda it's a lovely area I always feel so relaxed when I go there.

    @Mel oh what a shame, the kids would've loved picking their own fruit, I'm sure the bought fruit was delicious. Thanks Mel, missed you too, nice to be back. New look not to far away, yay!!! can't wait!

    @Kylie thanks Kylie so excited to have you as a reader. Can't wait for you to see

  4. noreen

    welcome back!! it's so wonderful and funny to see fresh strawberries in season. enjoy – especially the chocolate ones! i want to show your blog to my students really badly, but it's blocked at my school. your photos make it seem so close. joy to you! n

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