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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bowral Farmers Markets, Moss Vale Showground

Yesterday saw an early start (well early for a minus something winters morning). Headed down to the farmers markets at Moss Vale Showground to have a look around and a coffee with Gail.

I was pleased to see so many people about that early in Winter...and was even more pleased to get my big woolen coat out for the first time this winter.

The regular stalls were there like the Robbo Potato man, the thirlmere duck lady, the bread ladies, the live chookie man and his wife and the vegie man who still doesnt put prices on stuff...something that really ticks me off!

Beautiful jewellery stalls now too...one featuring gorgeous photos on pendants and the other some lovely silvery trinkets on necklaces (a bit pricey for a farmers market).

A new addition to the markets is the 1910 Bottling people...using organic in season fruit and preserving the way nanna used to. The rhubarb in organic honey was sheer bliss and Gail bought the pears which she has since made into tarts with goats cheese and by all reports were delicious.

Geoff Janz had his wood fired pizza trailer there selling pizza bases and the oven kits themselves. The warmth from them while chatting to him and his sales guy about the ovens was lovely.

Only bought a couple of things..the beautiful italian rolls from the bread ladies and some dutch creme spuds to make Gary Megihans souffle potatoes. Was going to do them tonight but was drawn to the spicy meatball recipe in this months Delicious magazine and made those instead.

Next month the markets are on the 4th Saturday so they won't clash with the others in the area.

I am keen to get a couple more friends for Miss Prissy but think I might wait until winter is over. The chicken man at the markets had some very healthy looking bantams so we might get some little ladies instead of full size Isa Browns.

Glad its a long weekend...its Sunday afternoon already and I am not feeling like I want to go to work tomorrow. Thank you Queen Elizabeth II for the birthday holiday.

Tomorrow is also my fabulous grandmother, Bettys birthday. I think she will be 84? I going to see her in a couple of weeks. Its too far to go for the day on a public holiday with double demerits and shitty traffic.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

More cooking adventures with an 11 year old...

Nick has been busting to help me bake again this week. Its Kims 14th birthday tomorrow so we have done a few nice things.

Cherry blondie cake adapted from the www.taste.com.au website, topped with white chocolate dipped cherries. Recipe as follows

• 100g butter, chopped
• 180g white chocolate, chopped
• 3/4 cup caster sugar
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 ½ cups plain flour, sifted with 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
• 1 cup (175g) frozen pitted cherries
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease an 18cm x 28cm (base) rectangular slice pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang on all sides. Melt butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove from heat. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool.
2. Add sugar, eggs and flours to pan. Stir to combine. Spread into prepared pan. Press cherries into mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until edges are firm and top golden. Cool in pan. Serve.

Photos to come tomorrow after we have Kims birthday.

Nick and I also made a half and half jam drops and choc chip cookies for school morning teas this week. Simple batch using the basic butter cookie recipe from Food Ideas magazine.


125g butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, at room temperature
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon milk

Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla and egg. Fold in dry ingredients. Mix is too stiff for my mixer so fold with a metal spoon.

At this stage you can add choc bits or sultanas or whatever you like, or roll and make into jam drops.

Walnut size balls take approx 12 mins at 180degC.