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Chilled Eggplant & Red Pepper Terrine Anyone?

Taewa Maaori - Maori Potatoes

Unless you grow them yourself, Maori Potatoes are expensive and hard to find but Big Berry’s Riria, the lovely Maori lady, who tells me that she has been married to Bill (the fresh fruit ice cream man,) for 53 years, is determined to keep these heritage vegetables available to all via the Farmers’ Markets. For only $5 a kilo you can pick and mix pinks, yellows, purples and blacks, knobbly, smooth, dimpled, round or long. Riria will tell you all about them and there is a handy chart detailing the names which are worth memorizing to throw around the next foodie conversation you have.

Kamo Kamo is another popular Maori vegetable also available from Riria. This is best eaten lightly steam and served with butter and a twist of fresh pepper.

Sweetcorn from Fresh Pickin’s

Fresh Pickin’s is a new market stall offering beautiful sweetcorn at Cambridge and Hamilton markets. Here is a photo of Veronica who hails from Slovakia with her unique Sweetcorn display.

Bruntwoods is back with Raspberries & Luisa Plums

You may remember Bruntwoods from such markets as Cambridge and Hamilton selling asparagus some years ago, but now Bob Teal and his crew are back this time with fresh raspberries and the luscious Waikato originated Luisa plums. Bob downsized his Cambridge horticultural property a few years ago but retained enough acres to continue growing berries and plums to keep his customers happy.

Passionate about Passionfruit?

If Passionfruit is what you are after come on down and check out Roy at The Front Gate, Gillian at Fruition (Cambridge only) and Meg at HerbsPlus. Locally grown Passionfruit is coming thick and fast at the moment and you won’t find cheaper than at the Farmers’ Market. We hear tell that these beauties are retailing for $35 per kilo in the shops ($1.75 each) but you will find them for around 50c each in Hamilton and Cambridge markets.

Entertainment – you never know what you’ll find.

When this young husband-to-be turned up with his stag party at Cambridge Farmers’ market last Saturday dressed up in a ridiculous ‘aimed to shame’ outfit, he was obliged to dance to the tune of Battling Banjos provide by Travis and John. Good humouredly he obliged much to the delight of the entire market crowd. Even Amanda the market manager inadvertantly gave him a twirl although I was too late to capture that on camera!

Blogging Farmer Meg

And here is a photo of your faithful blogger Meg from Celtic Cuisine, in her dressed to kill (a beast) farmers’ outfit. Well come on now, it had rained and my spot was all muddy. Of course I’m going to wear my gummies…..

Chilled Eggplant & Red Pepper Terrine served with Raw Tomato Sauce

Here is a fabulous recipe for an Eggplant and Red Pepper Terrine, which I made recently for a pot luck dinner party the theme of which was, appropriately enough, “local seasonal produce”.

2 large egg plants - Slice and brush with oil and a little salt and fry on a barbeque for 3-4 mins each side
3 Large red peppers – Char over gas flame, place in plastic bag for 10mins to sweat– skin and cut each pepper in eight wedges
1 ½ loosely packed cups of flat-leaf parsley – Blanch by pouring over boiling water, leave for 15 seconds, drain and pat dry with tea-towel.
200grms of Buffalo Mozzarella drained and sliced into 14 or so slices.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Line a loaf tin with plastic wrap and assemble the terrine – starting with a layer of egg plant, a layer of peppers, a sprinkling of the blanched parsley and a layer of mozzarella, season the layers as required. Repeat, ending with a layer of egg plant. Cover with wrap and press down gently to compact layers. Store in the fridge for about 2 hours before serving.
Raw tomato sauce.
Blend 3 cloves of prepared garlic chopped and 3 ripe tomatoes chopped into quarters. Sieve to remove pips. Then add ¼ cup of good olive oil, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp of black pepper, ¼ tsp Tabasco sauce.
To serve – pour some of the sauce on a large platter and unmold the terrine in the centre. Cut it into slices and serve with the remainder of the sauce.
This looks amazing and is very straightforward to do. Eggsplants and red peppers and garlic are all in abundance at the market right now.

Does Your Property Have Great Road-front Exposure?

The Waikato Farmers' Markets are keen to increasing their signage in and around Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu. The signs will look like the above image but with venue, date, time details. If your address offers great road-front exposure and you would be interested in offering your fence palings as advertising space for one of the three Waikato Farmers' Market's please contact the market manager with your address

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