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Hamilton Farmers Market with Chris Scott & Fiona Sneyd

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Hamilton Farmers’ Market guest post and photos by De La Casa blogger, Christina Jane.

Sustainable, free-range and always fresh.” This mantra, underlying the growing enthusiasm for farmers markets in NZ, is the tag line for the Spring newsletter for local cafe, Zinc. Zinc Chef Chris Scott is proud to produce simple handmade food using the freshest available seasonal produce and ingredients of the highest quality, and Hamilton was even prouder to show off his talents at the Hamilton Farmers Market on Sunday.


Hamilton’s show kicked off with home cook Fiona Sneyd. Fiona kept us amused and riveted by her family stories (her gorgeous daughter was her sous-chef) and fresh, simple concoctions. Having snatched up asparagus and fennel from the fresh produce stalls, lettuce (from the lettuce man) and sourdough from Volare prior to the show, Fiona was kitted out to wow us.



What followed was a feast of Sicilian Fennel with Sourdough Gremolata, Roast Vegetables (including asparagus) with Macadamia Nut & Yoghurt sauce, and a simple fresh Asparagus Salad. After a tasting sample of the Sicilian Fennel dish, I raced off to get my hands on a bunch of baby fennel and a loaf of San Francisco Sourdough. Best served warm, I imagine this is perfect as a side for a summer picnic.

Fiona with her asparagus salad tossed with vinegar-soaked sourdough

I have to say, the showstopper for me was Chris Scott’s Risotto Primavera. In regards to the consistency, Chris explained that the risotto should spread as you dish it up, not stay in a pile, or be formed into fancy shapes (like you see in some restaurants!). The risotto, with broad beans, asparagus, mint and parsley, was most definitely a taste of spring. Another recipe for this week’s menu!

Risotto Primavera

2 cups Aborio Rice
2L Chicken Stock
200g Asparagus
200g Raw Broad Beans
Chopped Parsley
S & P
1/2 Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
12 Mint Leaves
50g Butter
50g Parmesan

This is the “Risotto of Spring” so any spring vegetables in season that catch your eye at the Farmers Market can be used.

  1. Blanch Beans & Asparagus in salted boiling water until just cooked, then refresh in iced water to retain colour. Set aside.
  2. Heat Chicken Stock in a saucepan & leave on a low heat.
  3. Chop onion & garlic finely, melt 1T butter in a thick bottomed pan and sweat the onion & garlic.
  4. Add rice & cook until translucent.
  5. Slowly add the heated stock a ladle full at a time, stirring continuously until risotto is cooked to creamy texture.
  6. Add vegetables, butter, mint, parsley & grated parmesan

My husband and I left the markets clutching our fresh, local produce, our minds brimming with cooking tips and inspiration for some spring dishes.

– Christina {De La Casa}

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.

Wairarapa Farmers’ Market with Marc Soper

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Wairarapa Farmers’ Market Guest post and photos by Good Food in a Crap Kitchen blogger, Stephen Garrett.

It was an early start for us last Saturday (well early for a weekend). We drove up to Masterton to check out the market and see the cooking demo put on by Marc Soper. The drive was pleasant and the weather got hotter and hotter as we headed north.

The market was quite intimate with about twelve stalls, so the tour didn’t take too long to see what was on offer. Small as it was there was a great selection of quality produce, excellent vegetables, rare breed pork, mouth watering breads, cheeses, olive oils, wines, preserves and so much more.

It may not of taken long to walk around and see each stall, but the warmth and friendliness of the stall holders meant you spent time discussing  their produce, instead of the Wellington market mindset, grab what you need and push your way through a crowd to pay.

We had already a small bounty when Marc put on his first demo, Spätzle with Lamb loin finished with a pinot noir/olive oil syrup. He had a nifty little tool for scraping the Spätzle in to the boiling water, I have to get my hands on one, I usually use my potato ricer which isn’t the best. I love love love Spätzle and blue cheese and this dish had both. Luckily for me Sophie doesn’t like the cheese so much, so more for me!

Recipes from Wellington Chef of the Capital Marc Soper:

Pan fried Wairarapa Suffolk lamb with farm fresh sheep’s milk and free range egg spätzli, new season asparagus with sheep’s milk blue cheese and pinot syrup

Serves 4

Lamb

Heat pan, and add a splash of oil.
Season both sides of lamb, and place in pan, color and turn over and cook in oven till
medium. Remove and rest 4 minutes to allow meat juices to move evenly throughout
meat

Spätzli (German style pasta)

Place all dry ingredients into a mixer, add wet ingredients and mix. If too wet add more flour, and if too dry add more milk.
Have boiling water ready on stove and place mixture into a bowl with small holes, push through in batches into the boiling water, when it floats to the top leave for a minute and then remove and cool in cold water and drain.

To cook the spätzli, heat oil in a suitable pan, add the spätzli and toss in pan, chop up the asparagus and break up the cheese and add to spätzli, season lightly.

Pinot syrup

Heat the pinot and reduce by half with the honey till syrupy. Add olive oil and mix, and add salt to taste.

To Serve:

Place spätzli on the plate with the cheese and asparagus.
Slice lamb and serve on top and spoon over the syrup.

Serve with your favorite farmer’s market green salad.

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During the break between demos we did a bit more shopping, on the other side of the market this time, picking up some fruit (some of the best grapefruit I’ve tasted in a while, ripped open and eaten fresh right there and then)

The Second demo was a Wanton with a filling of Kale and Blue cheese with smoked garlic served  on a Fennel and apple salad. These were really tasty and so easy to put together. They would be great for party finger food, and has found a spot in my recipe collection.

Kingsmeade Sheep’s milk blue cheese and organic kale wanton, new season asparagus and smoked garlic with fennel and organic apple salad and fresh lemon dressing

Serves 4

Wanton

Heat oil in pan; add kale and sauté till soft. Chop roughly.
Mix with blue cheese and taste for seasoning.
Place wanton wrappers on bench, and place spoonfuls in centre of each square, then brush all edges with some water, and fold over from corner to corner to seal, removing air as you go.
Place on tray with some olive oil and bake in oven 5 minutes at 160 Degrees.

Lemon Dressing

Mix all together and add salt to taste

Heat pan and add a splash of olive oil, add asparagus and pan fry a little just till softened.
Season lightly and keep warm.
Make a salad with finely sliced fennel and finely sliced apple and mix a little olive oil and seasoning into the salad, also you can add some fennel foliage if desired.
Mix together.

To serve:

Arrange the asparagus on plates, and then put wantons on top, scatter with the garlic, and
top with fennel and apple salad.
Spoon over and around the dressing.

Happy eating!!!

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We will be back to Masterton for this market, it’s a great day out of the city.

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– Thanks so much for coming by Stephen, it was great to have you there! And its definitely a very sweet market, the perfect setting really. We were amazed by Marcs’ spätzli, definitely something new and delicious that I may need to attempt one day…  Many thanks to John and all the Wairarapa Farmers’ Market team for a great day. Check out the videos below, and we will catch you all next time when we visit Farmers’ Market Taranaki.

– Kylie + Blair –