I recently read an American blog in which the author introduced Tourist Tuesday. Her idea was that residents of tourist towns and villages should re-acquaint themselves with their surroundings instead of simply taking everything for granted. Tuesday was chosen because weekend visitors have usually left by then. So here is my debut Tuesday Tourist post.
Although The Blue Mountains National Park is stunning, with spectacular walks, lookouts and natural features, I have chosen to write about food! There is a particular eatery in my village which is regarded as an institution; Blackheath’s Bakehouse on Wentworth. Perhaps I can be forgiven this indulgence because it is freezing here right now, and the bakery sells hot pies,
described by some as Australia’s best. They are hand made on the premises, using fresh, natural ingredients. Customers can choose from thirteen fillings, including Beef & Guiness; Beef, Bacon & Cheese; Lamb, Rosemary & Garlic and Tandoori Chicken. There is an unassuming restaurant area but for the most sublime Blackheath pie experience it is best to eat one whilst walking along Wentworth Street at the height of the village’s autumn colour. Yes, I know… you will have to wait until April/May for the pleasure!
Olive bread is another specialty of The Bakehouse. This is not surprising because Blue Mountains chefs enjoy a unique advantage when it comes to bread making. As Delia Falconer wrote in her lyrical novel, The Service of Clouds ( set in the Mountains): ‘She had read about this place; where kitchens were built at such high altitudes that the clouds drifted into bread through open windows and made it rise without the use of yeast.’
There is only one small hitch regarding the bakery. It is directly opposite the medical clinic. Locals worried re their doctor’s horror at the number of visits they make to pick up a pie and freshly baked bread have been known to wear a wig and dark glasses.
UPDATE – Strictly in the interests of impartiality I am planning a visit to Mountain High Pies, located on the Great Western Highway at Wentworth Falls. They have an intriguing Big Breakfast Pie, ,but it’s the menu of sweet pies and tarts that I’m really interested in; Apple and Custard Pie, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Tart, Salted Caramel Meringue Tart.. .oooh yes! Wentworth Falls could usurp Blackheath as Pie Paradise!
STOP PRESS….Well, it happened!! In September 2015, the ‘Big Breakfast’ Mountain High Pie won a national award.
By the way, here is the real reason I moved to Blackheath from Sydney. haha. Escaping the ‘big smoke’.