Liz Harfull is a neighbour in Aldgate, the next little village along from us here in the Hills. 2 years ago she decided to research & publish a cookbook featuring recipes, stories & tips from the prizewinning amateur cooks who exhibit in our local South Australian country shows (county/village fairs). Having grown up in the Clare Valley, I have strong memories of our Show weekend & seeing all the wonderful cakes, biscuits, jams, jellies, pickles & slices all lined up in the Big Hall awaiting judging. Liz's book isn't flash, the photos aren't trendy & professionally styled to within a inch of their lives - just honest accounts of cooks in their kitchens doing what they love with skill & passion. She took all the pics herself & wrote & edited all the text. How scrumptious do Ginger Fluff Sponge, Honey Biscuits, Rock Buns, Jubilee Cake, Coffee Kisses, Farm Pasties, Lemonade Scones & Apple Slice with Passionfruit Icing sound!!
Well, last week in Paris at the the world's largest food & wine media competition, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Liz's fabulous book won a silver medal - we are all so proud of you girl! And woo-hoo, the town's gone ballistic at the news! So here's a glimpse of what lies in this treasure, if you want a copy go here.
The very talented Liz Harfull
Although in her eighties, Marj Maczkowiack stays up all night baking her amazing Raspberry Jam Rolls for entry into the Kingston Show each year. Quite the best I've ever seen!
The legendary German Yeast Cake from the Tanunda Show in the Barossa Valley
Paul Handen is a bushie from the Riverland. Here he is with this prize-winning Orange Cake which he exhibits in the Renmark Show. His first entry was decorated by torchlight on the bonnet of his ute (SUV) as he was running late at the end of the day! Love the mighty Murray River flowing past in the background & of course his faithful friend in the foreground.