Keane’s Organic Food and a Simple Zucchini Salad


Disclaimer: Keane’s supplied the fruit and vegetable box free of charge.

A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Keane’s Organic Food, who offered to send me a box full of organic fruit and vegetables. Compared with the UK a few years back, the availability of organic greens is pretty limited here in South Australia. The major supermarkets stock a small (but increasing) number of organic products, our small local supermarket stocks none. None of the local greengrocers (where we do buy most of our greens) focus on organic produce and we are just not the kind of family to manage regular outings to farmers markets bright and early on a Sunday morning. At least one of us is having a lie in! Make sure you have a look at this guide from to learn better and mor efficient way of delivering goodies.

Keane’s Organic Food is a South Australian owned and operated business that started in Unley in 2008 and has since expanded (which forced a name change) to cover much of Adelaide’s metropolitan area. Keane’s delivers fruit and vege boxes as well as a range of ‘extras’ such as bread and eggs. The boxes are all $55 each (and you can order top ups of either fruit or vegetables for $15) and they come in a variety of configurations so if you only want vegetables and no fruit, that’s not a problem. You also don’t have to make an ongoing commitment – you just order what you want/need for that week.

I received the ‘mixed box’ – which is about 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 fruit. The first thing I liked about the box was how well packed it was. Nothing annoys me more than spending time picking the best fruit or vegetables in the supermarket and having the milk dumped on top of them at check out. My box contained a single (absolutely perfect) peach which was securely perched on top of everything else and came out of the box in a pristine state.

The quality of that peach was reflected by all the produce in box. Andy was very impressed by the young, tender bok choy (which also lasted extremely well in its stay fresh bag), the broccolini was beautiful, the avocado was spot on after only a day or so and the strawberries also received top marks.

Value for money wise I thought that box rated quite highly.  I easily spend $20 a week at the grocer’s for about half as much non organic produce and of course there is the convenience of having your shopping delivered to your home or work.  If, like us, you have a toddler that inhales grapes and rockmelon and one person who takes fruit to work every day you may need to tweak your order to include extra fruit or a more fruit heavy selection.

I also really liked the fact that nothing in the box came in gargantuan quantities. While it was a challenge for us to get through everything in a week (we failed) we are only a family of two and a half but there was such a broad selection of vegetables that most could be used fully in one meal. I thought this was great because it meant that you could plan out how you were going to use your box and, if you came across a vegetable you didn’t like, you didn’t have a mountain of it to get through. Critical in our household where only one of us likes mushrooms!

Added bonuses in the box were a fridge magnet illustrating the ways in which the fruit and vege could be used and a flyer with production details of the produce (including its certification programme and where it was grown). In my box, approximately half of the produce was South Australian.

I’ll wrap up with a very simple zucchini (courgette) salad based on a Jamie Oliver original. Not only did my vege box include zucchini but my mum’s garden is currently overgrown with them! I love this salad – I’d be quite happy to eat it on its own as dinner!

The quantities given will serve two as part of a selection of side dishes. And, as usual, there’s a pdf.


Simple Zucchini Salad


  • 1 zucchini
  • ½ red chilli
  • small handful of chopped chives
  • 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
  • ¼ lemon
  • generous splash of olive oil


  1. Finely slice the zucchini lengthwise. You can do this using a mandoline or a vegetable peeler.
  2. Place in a bowl and mix through the chilli, garlic and chives and finish with the lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Best if made a little ahead and served at room temperature.

Ladurée Macarons


I am safely back from Spain – so no more pictures of beer, ham and cheese. However, my journey back was slightly more eventful than it should have been, thanks to Storm St Jude (the patron saint of lost causes!) that decided to lash the UK and parts of Europe on the same day that I was supposed to be flying from Madrid to Amsterdam.

Of course, Spain started off the day sunny and mild and even while it had become overcast by the time I arrived at the airport, there were no disruptions. Or rather, no disruptions bar those flights that were heading to Amsterdam which were cancelled and late left, right and centre.

With just an hour in Amsterdam to connect to my flight to Malaysia things were looking tight and eventually even the very optimistic KLM staff had to acknowledge that I needed to be re-routed.

Happily, this re-routing meant I was scheduled to arrive home just an hour later than expected and had the added bonus that I was now heading via Paris, with a three hour wait in Charles de Gaulle airport.

Aside from my obligatory beer and crisps in the airport I had a quick wander around. I had to skip the Givenchy, Hermès and Chanel shops and I thought I had already used up my duty free booze allowance (it turned out I hadn’t but I had another stop anyway, so I doubt I could have bought anything). What to get? What to get? It would be a shame to let an unexpected stop in Paris go completely unmarked by consumerism!

Fortunately, Charles de Gaulle terminal 4E is home to a smart Ladurée shop. Founded in 1862, Ladurée is the grand-daddy of macaron shops. When I was last in Paris proper the shop on the Champs Elysées was on my to do list but I was smartly put off by a queue and what I thought were quite high prices.

Of course, now the rest of the western world is in the grip of some kind of small pâtisserie frenzy, macarons are everywhere and prices have spiked. Seriously. I recall paying about $4.50 for a Nic & Rocco macaron here in Adelaide.

And yet here I was in Paris, a city not known for bargain basement prices, and I could buy a box of 8 macarons for €16,40 (about $23.50, or just under $3 a pop).

Ladurée has an excellent array of flavours, including the new pink peppercorn and gingerbread. I went for a slightly more conventional range of choices: chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, salted caramel, raspberry (x2), rose, vanilla. They were packed away in a beautiful box, presented to me in a beautiful bag and made it to Australia perfectly preserved. I did have visions of me having to scoff all 8 at the airport when AQIS decided they weren’t allowed in, but sadly that didn’t happen.

Of course, I’ve been back a couple of days now and the macarons are history. While they were tasty (the toddler particularly seemed to enjoy them and also seemed to think my mother was some kind of idiot for asking, rhetorically, “what do we have here?” while looking in the box. “Macawons!” he shouted, rolling his eyes) they were not mind blowing in the way that I’d expected them to be.

And such are the perils of having quite possibly the biggest name in the macaron world …

Product Review: Griffiths Just Fair Coffee


Disclaimer: I was sent the coffee to try.

Once upon a time I drank a lot of coffee. In my previous job, a group of us had a share in our own plunger and ground coffee round and, until very recently, my current employer provided us with a lovely barista grade coffee machine*. Almost 4 years ago, I decided 6 long blacks a day was probably a bad thing and went cold turkey for a while. Now, I have one (very infrequently two) cup of coffee a day. So I like it to be good.

Sadly, coffee is one of those products that is often brought to us by people who aren’t treated very well by the corporate chain in which they find themselves. Personally, I think it’s important to look for Fairtrade products, because in theory the farmers will have received a fair price (and fair treatment) for their raw commodity.

I’m pretty sure we all know that I also think it’s important to try to buy Australian. So while a small amount of coffee is actually grown in Australia (mostly in the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland) it is less than commonplace. Actually, even finding Australian owned, local coffee roasters is pretty tricky but one of these is Griffiths.

Griffiths’ new product is Just Fair, an Australian Certified Organic, Fairtrade coffee that is roasted (and ground) in Melbourne. I was sent the espresso beans to try.

The beans come in a tin, rather than a bag, which is very handy for storage (I don’t usually grind a whole tin/bag at once). They are, obviously, 100% Arabica. All well and good, providing the resultant coffee hits the mark taste wise.

Now, I confess we don’t have a proper coffee grinder at home (I am one of those bad people who uses a spice grinder) and often we find that lighter roast beans will end up producing a rather insipid cup of coffee. I’m pleased that this isn’t the case with the Just Fair coffee. It’s a good strong roast, with richness of flavour and a healthy kick of bitterness. I was very happy and I would recommend this for anyone who likes a strong coffee. In fact, this is definitely a coffee that I’d consider as an alternative to our usual brand.

Just Fair retails for around $12 for a 250g tin. You can buy beans or ground and there’s a decaf option too. For a bit of novelty, you can trace your beans’ journey on the Just Fair website.

* For the record, that machine has been replaced by an awful pod machine.  Productivity has, naturally, decreased!