Last weekend I returned to my home town, Mt Gambier, to launch the book and talk about the challenges of collecting family recipes as part of the inaugural Rotary Book Fair. Casterton show cook Bettina Kent made a special trip with her Mum and daughter Violet to be there. To celebrate here is the photo of her amazing peanut butter swirl slice as featured in the cookbook
The work of another Ekka show cook to help celebrate the Brisbane launch. This beautiful petticoat tail shortbread is made according to a traditional Scottish method by Faye Solomon. The little blue flag was placed there by the stewards after judges gave it a blue ribbon in 2010.
Today we have a tale about a dog, Sultan. True to his labrador breed, he won the Champion Chewer event at the Foster show in Gippsland for about 10 years straight. Even being handicapped with twice as much food as any other dog didn't stop him. His owners, the Goldie family, had so much fun they started entering other things too, including cookery. Eva Goldie shares her rocky road recipe in the cookbook.
Starting today I am planning to upload an image a day to celebrate the release of The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook on March 26. This wonderful photo of catering volunteers at the 1934 Cobargo Show, supplied by Ray Sawtell, appears on the title page along with a dedication to all the volunteers that help keep the tradition of country shows alive.
Booktopia has The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook, Stories, recipes and secret tips from prize-winning show cooks by Liz Harfull. Buy a discounted Hardcover of The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook online from Australia's leading online bookstore.