When the weather turns cold I have an overwhelming urge to turn into a hermit, all rugged up with a blanket and some warming comfort food.

Maple Syrup Baked Beans w Balsamic LR

Maple Syrup Baked Beans w Balsamic

Even as a hermit I feel the need for a gourmet experience each meal time. You may remember I found Frank Camorra’s Maple Syrup Baked Beans with Balsamic on the GoodFood Website the other week. With miserable weather hanging over my head I felt it was the perfect opportunity to test out this recipe.

Good Food Logo

Good Food Logo

So down to the shops I went to purchase the ingredients. I had my iPhone so I didn’t require a shopping list. Each recipe on the Goodfood site includes a tick box beside the list of ingredients. It was simply a matter of ticking each item off, as I dropped it into my trolley. There is also the option to tick the items required, and then email the shopping list to either yourself or another person.

Maple Syrup Beans w Balsamic

Maple Syrup Beans w Balsamic

Now, there is no point partaking in the joy of comfort food unless the dish is accompanied by a good bottle of red wine.  So I quickly returned to the Goodfood site on my phone and scrolled to “drink.”

Peter Lehmann

Peter Lehamm from Goodfood site, click to read more…

The story that was headlining at the time was “Winemaker Peter Lehmann dies at 82.”  I spent the next 5 minutes reading the Goodfood article about the man behind the Barossa Valley’s success as one of Australia’s premier wine regions. I have traveled to the Barossa numerous times and was interested to find that each of the vineyards mentioned in the article were properties I had enjoyed visiting. Without the Lehmann influence they may not have been what they are today. So in honour of the man and the region, I chose a bottle of Peter Lehmann 2006 Shiraz to accompany my beans.

Balsamic Baked Beans w Maple Syrup

Balsamic Baked Beans w Maple Syrup

With my errands run I went home to soak the beans overnight,, and tell Mr GG the sad news.

The next day I was ready to prepare the beans. I was also informed that we would be having a visit from the in-laws. This would mean an extra two for dinner. I was instantly looking forward to their thoughts on the dish. I peeked in the pot and found the beans had grown to an enormous quantity overnight and would easily feed the extras. What an economical dish!

Frank Camorra's Baked Beans Dinner

Frank Camorra’s Baked Beans Dinner

Next job was to get the beans on so they could slow cook for about four hours. I followed the instructions and found the dish extremely easy to make as the recipe was very easy to follow. While it was baking away in the oven I made another trip to the shops.  This time I purchased another two bottles of the Peter Lehmann 2006 Shiraz… the first bottle had evaporated while I recounted the Goodfood article to hubby.

Maple Syrup Beans

Maple Syrup Beans

I then found some lovely Spanish chorizo at my favourite Italian deli to serve with the beans.

As an accompaniment to the beans I made a loaf of focaccia bread with garlic, thyme and a drizzle of olive oil.

Maple Syrup Baked Beans

Maple Syrup Baked Beans

It all came together beautifully at meal time, the meal was a huge success. The maple syrup and balsamic vinegar gave the dish a huge lift.  The meal was warming, highly nutritious and a stand out recipe. I would highly recommend the Goodfood website and in particular the celebrity recipe collection.  There are so many more recipes I would like to try.

Now it’s time to announce the winners of the Goodfood Competition.

Jackie Cowled

I would love to try the Neil Perry Bittersweet Chocolate Tart.
I have a birthday for a “special someone” coming up and I think this would tick all the
Good Food Under $30 (Sydney)


I cooked beans in the slow cooker today, served on some homemade toasted sourdough – beautiful – just needed a glass of wine
Wow, it is a great website, my first recipe to try will be Neil Perry’s tacos with smoky shredded pork.
I’d love the Sydney under $30 (though i wish i could afford to spend more!


Aha, I didn’t know this site had started so thank you for the heads up. I have been browsing around the veggie section and my saliva glands went mad when I read “Haloumi and Zucchini Fritter’ this one: http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/cook/recipe/haloumi-and-zucchini-fritters-20130314-2g2nj.html
Hold me back!! I’m in Sydney and would love the new Good Food guide.

Higher Being

Ops forgot to mention the book for the comp..
would of course have to be the Good Wine Guide 2013.


I’m interested in trying the Slow Roasted Beetroot with Feta Yoghurt. A chance to win the Good Wine Guide 2013 would be fantastic!

Congratulations to all of my lucky winners. If you have won a prize please email your postal address to Julie@gourmetgetaways.com.au