13 February 2023

Five minutes with Lesley Jarrett, Little Rustic Pantry

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Lesley Jarrett.

Owner of Coolamon’s Little Rustic Pantry, Lesley Jarrett. Photo: Supplied.

Who is Lesley Jarrett? I’m a wife, mother and grandmother. I’m a business owner (of Little Rustic Pantry), and I love what I do!

Best recent dining experience: Uneke in Wagga. It has a lovely atmosphere and I always enjoy the food.

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Favourite cuisine: There are so many, it’s very hard to choose just one. I really love most food!

Most embarrassing pantry item: I don’t think I have one.

What ingredient can I not live without? Garlic.

Best coffee spot in Coolamon: Well, I’m very biased but Little Rustic Pantry in Coolamon of course.

Lesley uses Hustle & Bustle Coffee which gives their coffee a slight caramel undertone. Photo: Little Rustic Pantry.

What’s your coffee blend? We use Hustle & Bustle Coffee which is a strongish coffee with a slight caramel undertone.

Next big thing in the Coolamon food scene: At the moment the Coolamon shire are hosting a series of music sets on a Sunday at the Up-To-Date precinct which incorporates some local food choices. It’s had a great response.

Little Rustic Pantry’s Caprese bruschetta. Photo: Little Rustic Pantry.

A must-try on our menu: A must-try on our breakfast menu is the French toast which is served with maple syrup, banana and crispy bacon.

My biggest culinary influence: My mum has had the biggest influence in my cooking career. She was an amazing cook and taught me everything I know. I also love Maggi Beer.

There are plenty of delicious baked goods to try. Photo: Little Rustic Pantry.

Favourite cookbook: I really don’t use cookbooks a lot but I do like to flick and get new ideas, so my picks would be Maggie Beer’s Recipes for Life, Annabelle Langbein’s Through the Seasons and Donna Hay’s The New Classics.

Who I admire in the Coolamon food and wine scene: I really admire everyone who is giving it a go in the hospitality industry. It’s a challenging time.

Little Rustic Pantry has a few specials every week. Photo: Little Rustic Pantry.

What are this week’s specials at Little Rustic Pantry? We have quite a few specials each week, but the crepes are always a popular choice. Varieties change each week and this week we have chicken, mushroom, ricotta and baby spinach.

Death row meal: My death row meal would have to be a roast leg of lamb with loads of roast vegies and homemade gravy.

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My least favourite food: My least favourite food would be steak and kidney.

My top three cooking tips: Season for extra flavour, taste your food during cooking, and experiment – you don’t always need a cookbook.

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