Friday, May 20, 2011

Well deserved Winner of NZ Rural Womans Award

Lisa Harper is Supreme Winner !!

Lisa Harper attended the awards ceremony at the Rural Women New Zealand National Conference 2011 on Friday night and has just been announced the overall supreme winner.

Well done Lisa from the Marlborough Farmers' Market Team.


Making cheese is something the Harper women have done for generations. We lovingly coax fresh milk into cheese, in our tiny farm dairy, from recipes more than two centuries old. Each cheese is hand-crafted using traditional methods, which have been discarded by modern dairy factories in the quest for efficiency. At Sherrington, we choose to make only limited quantities of cheese, using the old ways, because we believe it creates a better product - this is the way cheese was before mechanisation and standardisation became the norm. Sherrington cheeses look, smell and taste the way they were meant to - a real taste of history.

Strengthening rural communities is the aim of Rural Women New Zealand.

As an organisation they are constantly working to enhance our position as a respected voice of rural New Zealand families and communities.



They aim to develop rural communities by valuing rural uniqueness, understanding the needs of rural communities and working with agencies and RWNZ members to develop a strong rural network.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Master chef recipes

My step mother had a special recipe that would make a appearance once a fortnight at the dinner table, it was her pride and joy, and to her it was a culinary masterpiece or signature dish. Little did the three hungry boys who devoured every last little bit know that it was little more than glorified leftovers. She would lovingly call this impossible pie

Impossible pie recently made a comeback to the dinner table in the Fortune household as our Miss Four year old princess helped me make dinner for the family. Having recently been collecting eggs from our friends cookhouse she is always looking for a reason to get the bowl and whisk out, and once we had removed all the broken shells we had something that is acceptable for whisked eggs to form the base of our impossible pie

Mr Eight year old “I know everything “came bowling through the kitchen with a big ''yukkkk - I am not eating that !!! '' - which resulted in the prompt reply from missy – “ then you cant have any icecream !!”. That settled that. The Fortune fridge promptly gave us left over peas, carrots (sorry rabbits !), silverbeet and some cheese that had seen better days. The more leftovers the better for impossible pie

Missy would not allow any further help so I was relegated to the dishes and setting the table while she mixed all of the ingredients and then decorated with tomato smiley faces and cheese teeth ontop of. Into the oven and a new master chef contestant was born. I cant remember ever being taught how to cook at home, dinners were just provided and we were expected to eat it, no questions no fuss, and what we did not eat was put into our lunch the next day. Impossible pie never tasted good cold in lunch boxes so I am pretty sure this was the main reason we used to eat it all, the fear of lunch consisting of left over left over’s for lunch was just to much for us to stomach

Mr “I know everything” enjoyed seconds that night, and as I carefully removed egg shell from my dinner it was decided that impossible pie truly lives up to its name, and we will look at leftovers as the next culinary superstar dish, but I doubt you will find it on masterchef soon !

Little Missy’s Impossible Pie

1/3 cup Flour

3 eggs (shell removed)

1.5 cups milk

1 cup left over peas

½ cup carrots

¾ cup grated cheese

½ cup cooked silverbeet

1 onion (optional)

Tomato and herbs to garnish

Salt and pepper to season

Any other left over’s that you fancy. Whisk eggs and then add all other ingredients, place into a oiled shallow dish and bake in a mid oven 170 degrees C for approx 30-45 min or until set. Serve with salad and follow with ice-cream for extra bribery