My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wild Food Cook Off 2011

It was held in the woolshed - for non-kiwis - that's the shed where the sheep are shorn.  The hosts were kind enough to waterblast it out first!

They decorated it appropriately.  These are tanned possum skins.  Possums are a non-native pest here in NZ and last year there was a dish of crumbed possum drumsticks.

Being a woolshed, it had a sheep chute.  The chute that the naked sheep are shoved down to head back to the paddock.  It didn't take the kids long to find it and it took them less time to start heading down it themselves!

These are our two judges hard at work.  The trophy is the polished bit of wood to the right and the judge on the right is last year's winner (duck egg pavlova with a loquat and honey sauce).

And this is one of the dishes.  Presented by last year's runner up.  She went all out with three courses.  This is the main.  Roast Wild Turkey with Rewena Bread.  The dressings on the side were things like Wild Grape and Walnut and Grandma's Quince Jelly.  And yes, she had matching wine!

No, she didn't have any of the's just soda water and some of my Wild Rose Syrup.  What do you think of her haircut?  I was cutting her brother's and father's hair and she demanded one just the same!  I got in quick before her brother could fill her head with gender concepts and she really likes it.  I do too - not knots and no nits.

It was a great night.  The kids had a ball, we had a ball, the food was interesting and tasty (to varying degrees) and I'm looking forward to next year's.


  1. Ooh, just catching up. You've been busy, love those wild foods and I can just imagine my boys joining their cousins down the sheep chute. And they'd ALL have the same haircut! Wow, she looks a lot like her bro, now I can see her out from under that glorious mop she had. Love the new look!

  2. That hair cut is the in thing at our kindy just at the moment :) Looks good and will be much cooler too. I've been tempted to try that cut myself but dh wouldn't approve. The bargain is he keeps the designer beard and I keep the long hair :)


  3. Sounds like a great night was had by all!
    What were the possum drumsticks like??
    We tried wild turkey once but it was horrible, then found out we should not have had it when there was an 'R' in the month, something about their diet of crickets..

  4. Mixing in from Germany: Goodness, what fun on the other side of our planet and down there.
    I love the ananas on the turkey.


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