While on our mini birthday getaway to the Adelaide Hills we went to Aldgate. A good cup of coffee was calling us. The plan was to get back to the cottage before dark. That was very nearly kyboshed when we got a flat tyre. Well, semi-flat. After inspecting it more closely TRH decided to try adding more air to see if that did the trick. It did. The raucous laughter of a whole flock of kookaburras provided a cacophony of sound effects in the background. We did make it back before dark. He didn’t want to drive the windy roads and risk missing some of the turns in the dark.
Fred’s Eatery in Aldgate was a delightful discovery. The coffee was really good. We had a late lunch, ordering The Reuben by Fred. If you are ever in Aldgate, you gotta try it. That’s it on the left. It was massive. One was enough between the two of us. What’s in it? Layer by layer top down: A skewer of dill pickles (cornichons), toasted dark rye sourdough bread, a huge wallop of the best sauerkraut, melted swiss cheese, thinly sliced corned beef served with a little pot of Russian dressing. I actually found instructions for making this sanga on the net. You Yanks out there probably know all about this but for us it was a delicious revelation. The dressing alone is worth making.
- 250 ml(1 cup) mayonnaise
- 60 ml(¼ cup) hot chilli sauce
- 5 ml Worcestershire sauce
- 2.5 ml Tabasco sauce
- 40 ml finely chopped onion
- 10 ml grated horseradish
We enjoyed it so much we went back for breakfast the next morning on our way home. That’s our breakfast on the right. TRH had scrambled eggs and haloumi. I reckon they must have used a dozen eggs! He couldn’t eat it all. I had poached eggs, avocado smash and wilted spinach. And coffee of course. Yum, yum, yum!
Ambling along the main street of Aldgate my attention was captured by some wall art. I wandered into a small arcade and found a treasure trove of unique business ads lining both sides.
Top right – that’s us scoring Fred’s Eatery !
We also found an awesome butcher along the main drag not far from Fred’s. Nothing much is far from anything in this quaint little village. The butcher’s produce was very different to the norm. He owns a farm so he has a ready source of quality stuff. But he also had seafood, cheese, home made sausages AND ready cooked meals. Might have to make a few trips to Aldgate in the future!
And so endeth the Birthday Getaway.
Thank you for your patience with this indulgent and protracted story 😀
© Raili Tanska