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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}

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Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market

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Sunday morning, and we were in for a shock in Hastings – this Farmers’ Market is huge!! Held Every Sunday 8.30am – 12.30pm at Hawke’s Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, I knew that Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market was the largest in the country, but I had no idea just how big – and what a huge range of produce they have:


The Out Standing Kitchen was certainly the place to be, with 5 of the stallholders showing us just how good fresh and local food is! We got to try a huge variety of the Markets produce, as well as hear all about the care and attention that these people put into making great products everyday.

Sally from Woodburn Venison cooked up a Spiced Vinson Leg with Onion Couscous:

Spiced Venison

– 1 Denver Leg or Leg Fillet

– 1/2 Tbsp Cumin

– 1/2 tsp Chilli powder

– 1/2 Tbsp Paprika

Couscous

– 1 cup dry Couscous

– 1 cup stock

– 2 Tbsp Village Press Olive Oil

– 2 sliced Onions

– 1 Tbsp Thyme

  • Place couscous in a bowl and add boiling stock, cover with plastic wrap and stand for 5 minutes.
  • Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat, then add thyme and onion, cooking until onion is well browned.
  • Combine spices and toss venison to coat.
  • Denver leg: brown on all sides, then finish in oven for 7 minutes (oven time can be calculated by: grams x 2.5 = time in oven) OR Leg Fillets: cook steaks for 1 – 2 minutes each side, depending on thickness.
  • Place cooked couscous in pan with onion and warm through.
  • Slice the venison and serve with couscous and rocket leaves.


European Gourmet showed us all the tricks for a great Pumpkin and Carrot Risotto:

Ingredients

– 100g butter

– 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

– 1 onion, chopped (Krismaw Gardens)

– 2 carrots, diced (Krismaw Gardens)

– 3 cloves of garlic (Krismaw Gardens)

– 100g Pancetta (The Deli)

– 1 litre European Gourmet Stock, warmed

– 280g arborio rice

– 2 cups diced, pre-cooked pumpkin (Krismaw Gardens)

– 100g grated hard cheese (Hohepa)

  • Melt the butter and olive oil in a large saucepan, fry pancetta, carrots, garlic and onion until the onion is clear.
  • Add rice and stir over a low heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add one ladle of stock and stir until liquid is absorbed. continue to add stock in this manner for 20 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, add cooked pumpkin.
  • once rice is cooked, add cheese and stir.
  • Garnish with Rocket leaves from Epicurean Supplies and St Andrews Lime Dressing.

Lemon infused Pasta from Pasta Love was definitely the highlight of this incredible dish – Lemon Pasta with Fresh Asparagus and Herbs.

Ingredients

– 1 packet Pasta Love Lemon Pasta

– 1 bunch fresh Asparagus

– fresh herbs

– lemon rind

– Olive Oil

– small knob of butter

  • Cook and drain pasta in a big pot of salted water (8 minutes).
  • While this is cooking, fry asparagus, fresh herbs and lemon rind in a a mixture of olive oil and butter.
  • When both elements are ready, combine with fresh lemon rind and white pepper.


Anne from Orcona Chillis whipped up Harissa Coated Lamb on a Fresh Farmers’ Market Salad with mint and Chilli dressing – Yum! We’re both suckers for spicy food so she had us at Chilli 🙂 Check out the recipe below, and the video for all the details:

Ingredients

– Harissa Paste (Orcona Chillis)

– Butterfly Lamb Rump (Ti Kouka)

– Salad Greens (Epicurean Supplies)

– Olive Oil (Village Press)

– Strawberries (Mountain View )

– Mint n Chilli Sauce (Orcona Chillis)

  • Mix a little olive oil into Harisas and rub on lamb. leave for at least 10 minutes, or overnight.
  • Heat pan and sear the lamb on all sides to a lovely golden colour (approx 5 minutes each side). Remove from heat and rest in a warm oven (130 degreees) to finish cooking and relax the meat.
  • slice salad ingredients and lay on a large platter, drizzle with Mint n Chilli sauce.
  • After 10 minutes, remove meat from oven and slice thinly.
  • Place lamb slices over salad, season with salt and pepper.

Thanks for stopping by, catch you all next time in Tauranga!  -Blair + Kylie-

Matt Allans’ Bacon and Leek Risotto

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We kicked things off in style on Sunday at Marlborough Farmers’ Market, and talk about delicous! Marcel Rood, Matt Allan and Chris Fortune each whipped up a seasonal Farmers’ Market spectacular.

Matt Allans' Bacon and Leek Risotto

Matts’ Bacon and Leek Risotto is definitely a recipe I am going to have to try out myself – sweet Marlborough Leeks, salty bacon… heaven on a plate! Really simple, fresh seasonal ingredients and absolutely packed full of flavour. Matt makes his own stock, which probably explains why it was out of this world, but it can just as easily be made with the boxed version.

And here’s the recipe for you all; I can imagine everyone who was lucky enough to have had a taste is going to want to try this one at home.

Bacon and Leek Risotto
1½ l vegetable stock
1 tbsp olive oil
4 Marlborough bacon rashers, cut into pieces
3 large leeks , chopped
50 g Marlborough Garlic
100 g Marlborough Shallots
300g risotto rice
125ml white wine
50g grated Sherrington Cheese
1 bunch Herbs, chopped
  • Keep the stock hot in a saucepan.
  •  Heat the oil in another large pan and fry the bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Stir in the leeks and soften for 5-7 mins.
  • Add the rice and cook for 1 min.
  • Pour in the wine and keep stirring until it is absorbed.
  • Add the stock, one ladle at a time, stirring and waiting for the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more.
  • Continue for about 20 mins until the rice is just cooked and the risotto has a creamy consistency.
  • Season, then stir through the bacon along with most of the cheese, saving some for topping the dish just before serving.

Also, check out Marlborough Farmers’ Market in action: its a great place to visit if your ever in the region, super friendly people and delicious food!

Chris Fortune, Matt Allan and one of the delightful helpers

I will be back tomorrow with Chris Fortunes’ Potato Gnocchi recipe – see you all then!