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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}