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Top secret recipes win prizes at Horowhenua show

Kathy Knowles and Geoff Webb delivered the trifecta in the plum sauce department at the Horowhenua AP & I show last weekend.

There is often a top secret recipe behind every winning entry in the home industry section of the annual Horowhenua AP & I Show.

It may be that the winning recipe for plum sauce or raspberry jam has been whispered down through the generations, or handed down on a torn and tattered piece of paper tucked away in the back of the family cookbook.

Sticking loosely to time-honored recipes proved the difference again last weekend, when the trifecta in the plum sauce department came from variations of the same recipe.

Local farmer Geoff Webb finished first and third in the plum sauce section, while sharing his sauces in second place was the entry of Kathy Knowles.

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“I convinced him to go in and see what happened. He hit me,” she said.

Kathy Knowles with her magnificent marble cake which rose to win first prize amongst many others at the Horowhenua AP & I Show.
Kathy Knowles with her magnificent marble cake which rose to win first prize amongst many others at the Horowhenua AP & I Show.
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Webb’s sauces were made from plums picked from an old Billington tree that grew in the backyard. He made two games and entered both of them, almost detracting from the dream result.

It was the same recipe his late mother, Gladys Webb, used and had yet to come across anything that tasted better.

“I like my plum sauce. I have been making it for 15 years. It’s bloody lovely,” he said.

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It had been a tough year for the fruit. A wet spring and early summer means low pollination, and what was on the tree ripened slowly, so Webb was lucky to get an entry at all.

Judges were brought in from outside the city, some from as far as Dannevirke. They tried and then tried some more, looking for the magic formula of flavor, depth of flavor, aroma and appearance.

All entries were kept behind locked cages and were for viewing only.

It is not uncommon for contestants to compete in a variety of sections, showcasing their skills across sections that included jams, sauces, cooking and baking, wool spinning, knitting and needlework. Knowles was again among the medals for a delicious marble cake that won first prize in the ice cream section.

Margaret Challies with the winning showbay created by Levin United Lassies at the Horowhenua AP & I Show last weekend.
Margaret Challies with the winning showbay created by Levin United Lassies at the Horowhenua AP & I Show last weekend.

Meanwhile, the showbay section produced some fantastic entries, with a combined effort from seven women belonging to the Levin Uniting Church, who call themselves the Levin United Lassies, winning first prize.

One of the standout pieces in the floral section belonged to local woman Wendy Morgan who was duly awarded the Champion Floral Exhibit for her inspired creation which was a combination of vegetables and flowers.

There are many entries in the sections, with Muhunoa East Rural Women taking out the knitting and needlework shield and Faye Hutchby winning the exhibition for champion jam and pickle.

The full results will be published in next week’s edition of Horowhenua Chronicle.

Levin woman Wendy Morgan with her flower arrangement which won first prize at the Horowhenua AP & I Show last weekend.
Levin woman Wendy Morgan with her flower arrangement which won first prize at the Horowhenua AP & I Show last weekend.

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