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Colin Ashton & Rolf Simons at Kerikeri Farmers’ Market

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I cannot believe the amazing food thats available at Kerikeri Farmers’ Market! That place has it all, everything you would expect from an A grade Farmers’ Market as well as tropical fruits like pineapples and cherimoyas – another culinary first for me, also known as custard apples, they are delicious 🙂 the perfect instant dessert. Many thanks as well to Carol and Dean from Willowbrook Farm, for your great hospitality and for letting us check out the amazing fresh produce you guys are growing!

Colin Ashton, owner and executive chef of Food at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, was the first chef of the day, cooking up some beautiful beetroot gnocchi – I cant beleive the colour of these things! combined with the herb pesto cream, they were absolutely to die for: If you ever get the chance to stop by his restaurant, it would be well worth a visit.

Organic ricotta and beetroot gnocchi, with a herb pesto cream

Wrap the beetroot in some foil, season with salt, and roast in a moderate oven for 40 minutes until tender.

Remove and let cool, peel beetroot and place 3/4 into a blender with 1 egg and 1/2 a cup of water and blend until smooth, and dice the other 1/4 and reserve.

In food processor place beetroot puree, ricotta cheese, 1 cup grated edam, and salt an pepper to taste.

Blend until smooth and well combined. Transfer to a bowl and mix in 2 cups of plain flour.

Let rest in the fridge for 1hour and then place the dough on a floured surface.

Take some mixture and roll into a 1 cm thick sausage, cut into 1cm x1 c m lozenges and blanch in boiling salted water until they rise to the surface.

Take lozenges out and refresh in iced water, repeat with the rest of the mixture.

To make the pesto cream, toast the macadamia nuts to release the oils and cool and roughly chop.

Wash the herbs, an blanch in boiling water, for 5 seconds, and refresh in iced water. Squeeze out excess water and place in a blender with 250 mls of extra virgin olive oil.

Blend until a fine puree, then add crushed macadamias, grated aged edam ( or parmesan), 1 clove of minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and pulse, still retaining some texture, not too fine.

In a pan reduce the cream by half and add in the pesto, warm and season.

Place the gnocchi, and the diced beetroot on non stick paper in a tray, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for 10 minutes.

Once warmed through place in a bowl with some of the pesto cream, shaved edam, and top with micro herbs.

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Rolf Simons then showed us the trick to making fried dumplings – he certainly makes it look easy, so I would love to hear from anyone who has given it a try. The Sweet and sour vegetables were a great addition to the dumplings, really crisp and refreshing, which contrasted well with the richness of the pork dumplings.

Free Range Pork Dumplings with Sweet and Sour cucumber salad, and fresh coriander, chilli, and tamarind Sauce 

makes 24 Dumplings

For the sauce:

  • ½  bottle of Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Large bundle of fresh Coriander (Kuklando Ltd)
  • 2 Tblsp Tamarind Pulp
  • Juice of 2 limes (Orira Orchards)

For the salad:

Chop onion, leek, garlic, ginger, lemon grass root and mix with other ingredients through the pork.

Season with salt and pepper.

Put a teaspoon full of the mixture on to the won ton skin and shape, sealing the edges with some water.

Fry won tons in Canola oil.

For the sauce; blend all the ingredients in a food processor.

For the salad; heat the vinegar with the water, sugar, turmeric, kaffir leaves, lemon grass, and coriander.

When boiling, turn of the heat and add the remaining ingredients and cool.

Drain and arrange onto plates

Assembling:  arrange spoonfuls of salad on a plate and put dumplings on top. Drizzle with sauce. Garnish with fresh coriander.

Brioche en Croute with Sautéed Exotic Mushrooms

Heat the olive oil and butter.

Add the mushrooms and sauté at medium heat for 8 Minutes, and then add the garlic. Increase the heat; add the wine, double cream and seasoning and toss well until the liquid evaporates and the mixture thickens.

Toast or fry the brioche and serve with the mushroom mixture, sprinkled with chives.

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Thanks for stopping by, catch you all next time for our final Out Standing Farmers’ Market – Grey Lynn. Until then, happy cooking and happy holidays! -Blair + Kylie –

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Stephen Barry at Tauranga Farmers’ Market

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Our next stop was with Stephen Barry of the Mount Bistro at Tauranga Farmers’ Market. He showed us some incredible local recipes, which is hardly surprising given that he is a past winner of the Monteiths Wild Food Challange! Many thanks to Christina for stopping by and writing us up this wonderful guest blog post – be sure to check out her blog for more of her amazing recipes!

J and I happened to be in Tauranga in the weekend visiting our dear friends and took the opportunity to get amongst the market action on Saturday morning. It was Tauranga’s turn for the visit from Outstanding In Their Fields so we were stoked to catch celebrity chef Steven Barry of Mount Bistro cooking up some fantastic treats.

His first dish of Pasta in Smoked Tomato Sauce was so simple and packed with flavour. The smokey sundried tomatoes were really something different. The Gemelli Pasta from Pastamia had us heading over to the Pastamia stall to check out their other fresh pastas.

We came away with a paper bag of the hugest mushrooms we’ve ever seen, two nests of fresh handmade tagliatelle, and step by step advice from the Italian man on the pasta stall. We were more than prepared to create the perfect mushroom pasta dish. And so we did. Recipe to follow!

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Thanks again Christina, it was great to meet you. Here are Stephens recipes, and be sure to check out the video for all the details!  

Pasta in a smoked tomato sauce with fresh basil

Finely chop the onion and sweat off in sauce pan with crushed garlic.

Peel tomatoes by removing the core and blanching in boiling water for 15-20 seconds before plunging into cold water, the skin should then peel easily.

Add the chopped fresh tomatoes and tomato paste to garlic and onion turn the heat down and let the sauce simmer. Finely slice the smoked tomatoes and add to sauce. Season to taste. Just before serving stir in some chopped fresh basil.

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente.

I’m using Gemelli pasta as it is easy to eat while standing, this sauce would also be great with fettuccini.

For variations you could try adding sauteed chicken, prawns or salami.

Seared dukkah crusted beef on crostini

Trim the steaks of all fat and cut into thick 2 cm wide strips.

Thinely slice the baguettes place on an oven tray and lightly spray with avocado oil. Toast in a hot oven until golden.

Rub the strips of sirloin with dukkah and sear in a hot pan until coulored each side and cooked to you liking inside. Leave the meat to reast for 5 minutes before slicing and placing on top of the toasted crostini. Then top with the red onion marmalade.

Fresh asparagus with a macadamia, orange vinaigrette

Toast the macadamia nut until golden and fragrant, mix with the vinegar, salt and mustard then slowly whisk in the oil.

Trim the asparagus, and blanch in boiling salted water. Serve with the orange vinaigrette.

Sauteed spring vegetables

A selection of fresh market vegetables, washed, peeled and sliced or cut into florets.

I’ve used baby leeks (Amberdale Eggs), fennel bulbs, pak choy (Guy’s Gourmet Produce), courgettes, snow peas and broccolini (Pahoia Fresh Produce).

Sautee the vegetables in a little avocado oil till just cooked, season and finish with a little fresh lime juice.

Honeyed apple & macadamia crumble

  • 50 g macadamia nuts, chopped (Harbourside Macadamias)
  • 50 g rolled oats
  • 25 g flour
  • 40 g brown sugar
  • 40 g butter

Rub all ingredients together, place in an oven tray and bake till golden.

Peel core and dice the apples then sautee with the butter and honey until softened.

To serve place the apple in a dish and top with the crumble.

Catch you all next time in Hamilton! -Kylie + Blair-