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Oamaru Farmers’ Market with Annie Beattie and James Glucksman


We visited Oamaru Farmers’ Market last Sunday, so this is a little overdue – but its been a very busy week! Which started in Oamaru with a personal culinary first for us both..

Black Pudding was definitely a first for me, and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised – despite still being a bit mentally put-off by its contents! Annie Beattie defintely brought out its delicious side by pairing it with a delicious fresh salad and roasted pumpkin. Check it out here:

I haven’t written up a recipe as its basically just a really good technique for an unusual product, and a really delicious salad using fresh, local and seasonal products which happened to be available that morning – I recommend just playing it by ear with whatever is fresh and available ๐Ÿ™‚

James Glucksman from Pen-y-bryn Lodge also put on an Out Standing demo, impressing us all with the simplicity of Fish fillets baked in a pouch – it seems like a really simple way to prepare fish, plus no cleaning up afterwards! (I’m his biggest fan ever after he managed to do an entire recipe without any dishes)

Check out the video here:

The full recipe also seems really simple, I think I will have to give this a go once we have finished living in our wee campervan ๐Ÿ™‚



  • 2 Fish fillets, any kind you like
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Fennel bulb, sliced thinly
  • 1 Onion, sliced thinly
  • Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Oregano, Bay Leaf)
  • Carrot, sliced thinly
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lemon Juice

– Heat oven to 180 degrees.

– Drizzle oil on a sheet of aluminium foil,place half the vegetables and herbs on top, followed by the fish.

– Drizzle more oil on top, followed by remaining vegetables and herbs.

– Season with salt, pepper and some lemon juice.

– Crimp foil parcel closed, leaving space for expanding air and bake for 15 minutes.

Sounds easy eh? and I can vouch for the fact that it tastes like you have put a lot more time and effort into it!

It was an incredible day all round, and we were so happy to be part of the inaugural Oamaru Farmers’ Market. All of the stallholders sold out, which is an incredible acheivement for their first day – best of luck to them for the future. Heres a small sample of the awesomeness that was Oamaru:

Catch you all next time! – Blair + Kylie

Otago Farmers’ Market Cook-off


Saturday morning found us at Otago Farmers’ Market, bright and early and ready to battle their resident portable kitchen. Alison Lambert puts on a fantastic seasonal cooking demonstration at the Market every week, and along with her husband Simon was well prepared to show us how it’s done!

We thought we were up early, we were going to be set up and ready by the time everyone else even woke up, really psyche out the competition …. but turns out Alison was already there. The epitome of calm and collected – she puts us to shame ๐Ÿ™‚ Talk about dedication to the cause, this woman is a real local cooking hero, supporting the producers at the Farmers’ Market and educating all her cooking fans about the ins-and-outs of seasonal cooking every week, rain or shine. If you ever get the chance to visit the Otago Farmers’ Market and see her in action, do it!

On the Out Standing Kitchen, we had Steve Ellwood and Tony Heptinstall from Otago Polytechnic, two very talented and entertaining chefs – I can’t help but be a little jealous of the cooking students who get them as their teachers! Check out the video for just a few of the laughs we had during the morning.

Our Out Standing VIP judges with the tough task of picking the winners were John Marable, Angela Anderson and Jane Soper, and it was a very close call – One vote for the Otago kitchen, one vote for the Out Standing kitchen, and one squarely on the fence. Perhaps we will need a rematch one day to find a clear winner?

Cheers for stopping by, our next update will be all about Oamaru’s inagural Farrmers Market – see you then!

EDIT: Check out Lisa’s (blogger from Sunday Hotpants) post about this event too! She’s whipped up a recipe for a Waimate Strawberry and Sonia Apple Fruit Sponge Pudding inspired by Alison and Simon.