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I would love to tell you that we make everything from scratch.

But some days…it’s just too hard.

When that happens, instead of ordering takeaway, we head to our favourite butcher. Sydney’s specialty butchers are now “value-adding” their products, creating items which can be brought home, unwrapped and popped straight into an oven or frying pan.  It’s a wonderful, high quality alternative to processed supermarket meals!

Dave and Mateja run Gojak Meats in Haberfield (photo above is courtesy of the lovely Lorraine). It’s a family run business – Dave’s father often helps out, as does their charming son Luca, who draws in all the young girls in the area during his Saturday shift.

When life gets too hectic and I can no longer think creatively, I walk into the shop and sigh…”Mateja, what are we having for dinner tonight?”

There is ample choice – often we’ll dine on free range chicken schnitzels that were crumbed that morning, or freshly made lamb and beef kebabs.  Other times, we’ll throw Dave’s homemade cevapi onto pasta, or roast his marinated duck in orange sauce in the oven.

Last week, Big Boy (bless him) stopped into the shop on his way back from university, and bought a marinated free range chicken and some deviled wings…

They all went into a 180C oven – the wings for about 40 minutes, and the whole bird for an hour – before being plonked unceremoniously onto a serving plate.  The meal was accompanied by a loaf of defrosted sourdough, and a plate of sliced cucumber and tomato…

Because the mains were so easily sorted, I then had a little time and brain space to make dessert. I defrosted a package of June’s sweet pastry and rolled it out to line my mini pie tins.  These were filled with lightly sweetened apples and berries.  If you keep a stash of pastry and berries in the freezer, you’ll never be short of a quick treat…

Do you have a really great butcher? If not, it’s definitely worth seeking one out. Look for someone who is receptive to suggestions – I asked Dave to consider stocking free range pork, and he did. Now all the pork products in his shop, both raw and cured, are made with Otway Pork.  There aren’t many places in town that make their own free range ham and bacon!

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Gojak Meats
177 Ramsay St
Haberfield NSW 2045
(02) 8065 5658

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