GLENDA MAES WHAT’S YOUR THING? Seasonal fruit cordials.
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THE POMEGRANATE TREE STORY
Glenda Maes has an extensive background in food. She is a food and technology teacher, co-author of 5 editions of Food, People & Technology for secondary schools, has worked as a catering officer at the Alfred Hospital, as a free lance home economist and a food demonstrator at the Prahran Market. Creating her own business The Pomegranate Tree was a wonderful happenstance, the result of an abundance of lemons a few years ago. Glenda’s lemon trees were loaded and she was determined to make something delicious. Glenda the food technologist researched and refined her recipe until she came up with a delightful lemon cordial. This was the beginning of Glenda’s quest to experiment with new seasonal flavour combinations to create a range of seriously exotic cordial flavours.
In 2013 Glenda made bottles of lemon, orange and raspberry cordial as gifts for guests at her daughter’s wedding and received overwhelming feedback that she should sell them. By now realising she needed to create a business The Pomegranate Tree was born, the inspiration to name her business was a dedication to the memory of Glenda’s mother in law, Iris Davis who had a grand old pomegranate tree on her property in Dimboola, the tree that introduced Glenda to the wonders of the pomegranate fruit. Glenda's son Nathan Davis a graphic designer, created The Pomegrante Tree branding, packaging and website. So elegant and contemporary.
Three years on Glenda has developed a range of seasonal cordials made from exotic blends of spices and local fruits, flowers and herbs. She picks as much of her ingredients as she can and is often out foraging with fellow minded foodies in the Ballarat area. What Glenda can’t pick herself or obtain from gifted bounties from friends, she sources from local quality growers such as Yendon Tomatoes for basil and strawberries, Buninyong Blueberry Farm for blueberries and Wilsons for quality fruit assortments. She also has a secret local berry grower who supplies her with raspberries, boysenberries and loganberries.
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE POMEGRANATE TREE
Constantly experimenting with new flavours. Glenda’s background in food technology has armed her with the knowledge and skills to blend interesting new flavours such as Lime & Black Pepper and Blueberry & Cinnamon. Her curiosity to blend new combinations has also resulted in some strange results, a Peach Melba blend with peaches and raspberries did not turn out to her satisfaction, nor did her blend of Cumquat & Ginger. Her latest cordial flavour for this year, Tangello, Lime & Ginger passes with flying colours.
Glenda’s inspiration to take up teaching food technology was her school teacher during 1968-70 at Sebastopol College, Cathy McCallum, nee Nicholls. Many years later they would teach together at Boronia Heights College and remain lifelong friends. Glenda, originally from Ballarat spent the majority of her working career in Melbourne, she returned to Ballarat in 2009 after 34 years and is an inspiration to the Ballarat Food community. Glenda loves people, when she’s not experimenting with flavours, she’s teaching students in Ballarat about food and she’s also a celebrant for weddings and funerals.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH YOUR CORDIALS
Glenda’s favourite flavours are Grapefruit & Passionfruit and Lime & Black Pepper mixed with soda water and sometimes with a splash of vodka. Glenda has designed her range of cordials for special occasions, they are delicious with cocktails and perfect for non alcoholic drinkers. She also uses her cordials in marinades and salad dressings with vinegar to add interesting flavours to her dishes.
THE SEASONAL CORDIAL RANGE
STRAWBERRY & BASIL
BLOOD ORANGE & STAR ANISE
BLUEBERRY & CINNAMON
BOYSENBERRY & ANISEED
ELDERFLOWER & LEMON
GRAPEFRUIT & PASSIONFRUIT
LIME & BLACK PEPPER
LOGANBERRY & VANILLA
MANDARIN & POMEGRANATE
ORANGE & KAFFIR LIME
ORANGE & RASPBERRY
TANGELO, LIME & GINGER
Kitteltey’s at the Gallery in Lydiard Street, The Turret in Sturt Street and Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E 102 Stawell Street Ballarat.
The Creswick Artisan Market, held on the first Saturday of every month 9am - 2pm Creswick RSL Hall, 60 Albert Street, Creswick.
The Ballan Farmers Market, held on the second Saturday of every month 9am-1pm The Mill Cottage, 96 Inglis Street Ballan.
The Lal Lal Festival 30th October 2016.