Monday, September 14, 2009

Country Hour cooks up a storm

ABC Country Hour Riverland reporter Natalie Oliveri and trainee reporter Amy Spear didn't have much baking experience to fall back on when they took on competing in the first-ever ABC Country Hour cook-off in South Australia at the Royal Adelaide Show on Friday. The challenge? Using the lemonade scone recipe from The Blue Ribbon Cookbook and a selection of 'mystery' ingredients to make savoury scones. The cook-off took place in the kitchens above the CWA cafe at the showground, where kitchen supervisor Lorraine very kindly provided the necessary equipment. Also on hand to offer advice was Joy Bricknell, from Naracoorte - the winner of this year's inaugural State Scone Competition. Author Liz Harfull acted as on-site host for the event which involved three live crosses during the Country Hour. CWA State president Rosemary Crocker judged the scones as soon as they came out of the over, giving the honours to Natalie for scones flavoured with a combination of capsicum, paprika, bacon and cheese. Visit the ABC website for their report.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A rare double victory for Brigitte

Lucindale cook Brigitte Taylor has become only the second competitor in history to win both of South Australia’s top awards for show cooking in the same year. The relative newcomer has surprised a field of seasoned finalists to take out both the prestigious South Australian Rich Fruit Cake Championship and the State Genoa Cake Competition. Brigitte’s surprising double act make it a clean sweep for South East cooks, with Joy Bricknell from Naracoorte taking out the inaugural State Scone Competition, judged during the same session.
Originally from Bordertown, Brigitte started entering cookery competitions in her twenties, and has only once before had a cake qualify at regional level for the top competitions. While she is not prepared to give away any secrets, she attributes her success to “luck” and the influence of her German-born family who were keen and capable cooks and passed on a love of baking. “My Mum got me started with good old-fashioned German cooking,” she said.
Organised by the Agricultural Societies Council of South Australia and sponsored by Sunbeam Foods and Angoves, the rich fruit cake championship started in 1982 and the genoa competition in 1986. In the 23 years since, Watervale cook Jenny Parish has been the only other person to take out both titles in the same year (2002).
Kay Johnson from Moonta was second in the rich fruit cake championship, followed by Carol Houston from Kangaroo Island. Kirsty Pfeiffer, representing the Northern region, was second in the genoa cake section with Gloria Buck from Millicent, placed third. Joyce Neumann from the Murraylands region was second in the scone competition and Nanette Simpson from the Northern region was third.
You can see all their entries in the Goyder Pavilion throughout the Royal Adelaide Show, which runs until September 12.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

All in a pickle thanks to Mavis

Mavis Lee's prizewinning recipe for mustard pickles worked like a charm for Lisa Jesse in her first experience entering the Royal Adelaide Show cookery competitions. Lisa followed the recipe and tips given by the experienced show cook who is featured in the Kapunda section of The Blue Ribbon Cookbook, with fantastic results. "I have you to thank for the inspiration in entering in the Royal Adelaide Show with my mustard pickles – and I came runner up in my first attempt! I can’t believe it," she wrote to author Liz Harfull. Open cookery and preserves sections at the show were judged on Thursday and are on display in the Goyder Pavilion until the show closes on September 12.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cakes from Catherine

With some innovative help from her Mum, one of The Blue Ribbon Cookbook's youngest test cooks has used the orange cake recipe from Renmark show cook, Paul Hansen, to make cup cakes. The cakes were a special treat for her teacher's 50th birthday. Apparently, he was very impressed, and given the photo Catherine sent us of her efforts, we are not surprised!