| on the roam flavours Flavours of Dubbo Time to Roam celebrates Australia’s rich diversity of regional food and wine. In our first feature we take a look at Dubbo, the starting point for much of Australia’s lamb exports. BY GABRIELA OPORTO, FOOD WRITER Aussies like to think of lamb as a national food in its own right and clever ad campaigns around Australia Day have certainly helped cement that impression. Brigade Espresso Sprout Cafe 46 timetoroam.com.au Dubbo food options A lot of the lamb enjoyed around the world over originates from Dubbo. The city at the crossroads of the Newell and Mitchell Highways is home to one of the world’s biggest lamb processing plants. Fletchers is the city’s biggest employer and exports to 90 countries. Roger Fletcher is a country legend, having started out as a drover to become one of Australia’s biggest lamb buyers and wealthiest private business owners. Aussie lamb prices are now at their highest point in 20 years, which is great news for farmers, but you don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy an easy-prep lamb feast. Even the cheapest cuts are delicious if you take the time out with a slow cooker - ideal for winter months in the caravan or motorhome. It must be said that certain cuts work best for certain cooking methods. And cooking times and temperatures are also very important to achieve a tender and moist piece of meat. Today there are so many ways to cook and serve it, inspired by a world of recipes and flavours. From stir-fries to barbecues and casseroles, there are a variety of dishes you can cook with this versatile meat. The Greeks have Moussaka, essentially a version of our Shepherds Pie. In South-America they have a traditional dish, the Empanada, which is a baked or fried pastry encasing a seasoned lamb filling. The Lebanese Kibbee is made of cracked wheat, minced onion and finely-ground lamb. Indians have their famous Pasanda a curry with yoghurt, chilli powder and spices like cumin, cardamom, peppercorns and garlic. If you have the time and space for a spit roast, Google “Asado de Cordero”, is a traditional dish from our fellow lambvers in Argentina and Chile. Dubbo Farmers Markets: Here you can find local fresh fruit, vegetables and meats. Coffee and other foods will also be ready for you to savour. These markets are held every first and third Saturday of each month and are located at Lions Park on Macquarie St. Brigade Espresso & Fire Station Arts Centre: Some says it’s the best coffee in Dubbo. Located at the corner of Wingewarra and Darling Streets. Ph 0458 595 264 Essence: For those of you that enjoy finedinning, luscious plates of locally produced foods will be delivered to your table. Located at 248 Macquarie St., Dubbo. Ph 02 6882 0177 Sprout Café: Has great, fresh, healthy and nutritious food. Visit them at 1/43 Macquarie St. Ph 0406 727 217 Gabriela Oporto Gaby is a qualified nutritionist and passionate foodie who has travelled around the world and lived in both Chile and Italy.