Gourmet Farmer

October 2017

S2 Ep5

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Matthew and Ross receive a request for suckling pig from John Jovanovic, a Serbian man, while manning their Salamanca stall. The pig is to be served at a Sino-Serbian New Year's Feast. Matthew is intrigued and offers up a piglet in exchange for a seat at the table. He discovers that his customer is married to a Chinese woman, Janette, and that after less than satisfying Chinese New Year meals at restaurants, they now host their own celebration meal.

S2 Ep4

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This week, Matthew reckons he's earned a break from the farm and heads off on a kayaking adventure with Ross. They’re resolute in insisting on packing nothing but two minute noodles, as the Picton River is sure to supply a bounty of fish. Alas, they prove to be less than naturals on the water, and the fish prove to be totally absent. Resisting the temptation to head into a fast food outlet as their kayaks approach a small town, the boys call up a sushi maker.

S2 Ep3

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In this episode Matthew starts to get hard core with his locavore philosophy when he decides to learn how to make his own brew. Unfortunately, his lesson is interrupted when he finds out his beloved cow Daisy has fallen ill after giving birth to a calf. After a rough patch, Matthew picks himself up and goes out in search of wheat substitutes for his bread making and tries out some spelt.

S2 Ep2

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While on the North West coast of Tasmania, herding cattle across the ocean at low tide to Robbins Island, Matthew has a new business idea. The Wagyu beef that he samples here - at Hammond farm, is the best he’s ever eaten. Sadly, only foreigners get to taste it. With friends Nick and Ross, Matthew brainstorms an idea for Long Table Lunches, where the three of them will create multiple course menus from produce sourced exclusively from the local area.

S2 Ep1

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Leading food critic Matthew Evans swapped city life for small farm living in Tasmania. Matthew now has his own young family, and it's time to get serious with a family to feed and a pig business to grow. To do this, he needs to build infrastructure on the farm for extra pigs, and find new ways to sell his increasing supply of pork products. A new such opportunity arrives when Matthew and friend Ross are approached at their Salamanca markets stall to make a specialty Czech sausage for the upcomi...

S1 Ep10 - Paddock Final Lunch

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Matthew Evans is nearing the end of his first year on the farm and it's time to reflect on what's happened. His stall is breaking even, his vegetable garden is pathetic and he's not sure that he can call his new life a resounding success. But Matthew wants to celebrate the connections he's made during his journey. So for a finale, he cooks up a feast for old mates and new friends.

S1 Ep9 - Bread

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After nearly a year on the farm, Matthew now grows and makes most of what he needs - except for bread. He has sourced Tasmanian milled flour and locally grown olive oil and catches up with an artisan sourdough breadmaker for tips. On an outdoor wood fire, they test making bread using local flour and imported flour. Matthew also discovers that Tasmanian flour is low in gluten, and better for making cakes.

S1 Ep8 - Illegal Dinner

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Hosting a Bastille Day lunch to showcase a range of delicacies to loyal stall patrons seems like a good idea to Matthew - but it's illegal without a licence. An alternative is to host a free dinner party where he can serve his own or locally sourced produce to favourite customers. But for now, more practical matters need his attention: a sheep's escaped and possums are decimating his vegetable garden.

S1 Ep7 - Highland Deer

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It's the deep heart of winter and Matthew, along with his mates Nick and Ross, go deer hunting. Not knowing how to butcher their game, they decide to visit a deer farmer in the central highlands. On the way they forage for aromatic black truffles, dig for peat with a whiskey distiller and then defrost themselves with a drink or two. The following day, they head off for a spot of trout fishing on a nearby lake.

S1 Ep6 - Cheese And Dairy

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Matthew Evan's farm is not yet a land of milk and honey, but in this episode he does his best for the milk component, introducing Maggie the cow and learning how to milk and make cheese. However, Matthew is concerned that he's not providing the right care for his cow and visits an organic dairy farmer, renowned for his healthy cows, which haven't seen a vet for years.