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Wanganui Farmers’ Market with Chris Fortune

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Saturday morning found us at the Wanganui Farmers’ Market, which has a gorgeous riverside setting right in the heart of Wanganui. Also known as the River Traders Market, I need to have a brief rant about my love for their reusable ceramic coffee cups: a really awesome example of clean, green kiwi ingenuity!
It also helps that the Market has some fantastic coffee to fill the cups with – many thanks to our neighbors for the day, Havoc Coffee, for all their help and delicious caffeine fixes! Also a big Hello to Mary’s Pantry – their Cornish pasties are to die for. I may have to make a special trip back to Wanganui just to have another, they are well worth the effort 🙂

There was quite a crowd at the Market to check out the culinary skills of Chris Fortune, and taste some of the delicious Wanganui produce on offer, which certainly didn’t disappoint.
A brief aside = I am totally converted to the Dotto Sauces which were provided by Jane, our fantastic kitchen volunteer – if you ever get a chance, try her Casablanca Sauce!! Jane runs Dotto Catering, so if you are ever hungry in Wanganui then her Gourmet Sandwich stall is the place to visit – find them at the River Traders Market on Saturdays, or on Main Street during the week. There was a great range of other products available too, some of which were brand new to me :

All around, a wonderful day in Wanganui: Check out the recipe below and the video for all the details of what Chris Fortune created from the uniquely Wanganui produce. Until next time! -Kylie + Blair-


Potato Rosti with Shaved Fennel and Halloumi cheese, New Seasons Asparagus with Market Sauces and Dukkah
100 g florence fennel
100 g Market Asparagus 
50 ml extra Virgin Olive oil
300 g Agria Potatoes
Selection of Market Sauces
100 g Halloumi Cheese
Salt and Pepper
50 g Hazelnut Dukkah
Peel and grate the potato, place in a tea towel and squeeze all of the moisture from until bone dry.  In  a hot pan fry the potato until golden brown and then place on serving plates.  Slice the asparagus thinly and blanch and then refresh under running cold water, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil.  Cut the Halloumi thinly and fry until golden brown and serve with the rostis and a market sauce.  Shave the Florence fennel bulb with a peeler, add 1 Tablespoon and fennel herbs, 1 T Olive oil and juice from one lemon. Season and serve wth Rosits. Sprinkle with Macadamia Nut Dukkah.
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