Miz Lizzie Adventures: Cheeses and Chocolates

And now for the drier half of yesterday’s activities.

The Atherton Tableland is famous for its dairy farming. The climate is cooler than down by the sea, the grass is thick and lush thanks to the plentiful rainfall, and the rolling hills are full of Friesians and Holsteins. I’ve mentioned the Mungalli Creek dairy in a previous post, but this time we went to Gallo’s, drawn irresistibly by the lure of fresh cheese – and chocolate!

gallo-cheesesIt’s a family business, and rather than jumping on the same bandwagon as other local farmers, and selling their milk through supermarket chains, they’ve gone the other way. Their milk is channelled into cheese and yoghurt production, and the added value products seem to be paying off for them, as their large shop and café were bustling, even mid-week. You get offered tastings before you buy, of both cheese and chocolate (oh, the hardship!), the prices are reasonable, and we came away with modest quantities of both. The Husband went for Gallo Volcano, a wax covered block of hard cheese with sun-dried tomato and chilli, and I bought some lactose-free Gallobert, a Camembert-style soft cheese, wonderfully lactic and complex.

gallo-chocolateAfter a bit of chocolate sampling, we also bought a bag of assorted chilli, salt caramel, ginger, hazelnut and orange chocolates. The only difficulty was in restricting ourselves to three of the bonbons each – I’d happily have bought one of everything!

gallo-cheese-factoryOne of the entertaining things there is that you can watch the cheese and chocolate factories at work: there are large viewing windows. The cheese is all about huge vats of steaming curds and whey in gleaming stainless steel, with a large crane gantry for lifting the vats and pouring the contents into cheese baskets or trays. The chocolate factory is a much more hands on and peaceful process, with trays and trays of different chocolate bonbons being hand poured and unmoulded.

Today’s Adventure is still along the gastro-tour lines, as we shall be going to the Nerada Tea Plantation, which produces a significant proportion of Australia’s home grown tea, and very nice it is too. I’m hoping to come away with samples… And our morning tea will be at an old favourite, the café at the Tolga Woodworks gallery, where not only do they do a mean flourless chocolate cake, but also some very beautiful hand crafted wooden art and craft gifts.

Sadly, tomorrow it’s time to pack up and leave Atherton. We’ll be heading home via a night in Townsville again. I need to do a little shopping and laundry before we leave… almost like being at home.

Oh… We ARE at home, thanks to Miz Lizzie 🙂

Right, on with the day. More tonight!

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28 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: Cheeses and Chocolates

  1. *wipes the drool away* Thank you! Oh, cheese. And chocolate. Sigh.

  2. Cheese AND chocolate! Two of the best things ever. So glad you had a good trip.

  3. dayphoto says:

    Oh how delightful! I want a Miss Lizzie…Terry not so much! But I think, at our ages, we would enjoy a Miss Lizzie!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think you would. Home comforts, but regular changes of scene, and the chance to enjoy something completely different in terms of climate, scenery and people. What is Terry’s objection, I wonder? Maybe I can address it and the objection will melt away!

      • dayphoto says:

        The pulling of the trailer. I like the idea of cooking our own food…celic food is very hard to find out and about. And my own bed…with the ability to move up and down and in and out without the mustiness of a motel room.

      • katechiconi says:

        The Husband’s day job is pulling two enormous fuel tanker trailers, a total of 85ft, so he finds 13ft Miz Lizzie undemanding. If you have towed a trailer of any kind before, it’s not hard, and if your vehicle is up to the task and you have the right equipment, it’s not a big deal. It IS lovely having your own tiny kitchen and a familiar bed, and the ability to set the temperature and ventilation the way you like it. And best of all, it’s a little HOME to come back to after a day’s adventures.

  4. Who wouldn’t be lured by that wonderful looking cheese and chocolate!

  5. kathyreeves says:

    I love cheese factories, and a chocolate factory doesn’t sound too bad either!!

  6. tialys says:

    I admire your restraint in the chocolate shop.

    • katechiconi says:

      I quite surprised myself, actually… But the ones I bought for my own consumption were 72% cocoa dark chocolate, and extremely rich and intense, so I don’t think it would have been possible to make a pig of myself. The Husband prefers milk chocolate, and is not such a chocolate fiend as I am in any case.

  7. Carole says:

    I would not have been nearly so restrained with either the cheese or the chocolate. Two of life’s little pleasures 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      With the cheeses we had to consider the rather limited cold storage space aboard Miz Lizzie. With the chocolate… well, our tastes have changed and we’re not so keen on lots of sweet stuff. It was lovely, but enough.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    cheese and chocolate, too much yumminess in one post!

  9. I would gain 5 pounds in that town. Looks wonderful.

  10. rutigt says:

    Yummie!!!!!! What more is there to add 🙂

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