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Mother’s Day recipe

May 7, 2014

Bake mum’s day this Mother’s Day (11 May) with a CWA member approved Ginger Kisses recipe. Thank you to three badge show judge, Jean Miles, who has generously shared this recipe with The Tassie Farm. You can also make a Mother’s Day card this year with an illustration from our children’s book Facebook page:

3 oz (85g) butter
3 oz (85g) caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp teaspoon ginger
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
8 oz (225g) self raising flour

Cream butter and sugar, add egg and sifted dry ingredients. Roll into balls and press with a fork like you do Yo Yo’s Cook 10 minutes in a moderate (150 C) oven. When cool join with icing.
Jean normally puts some condensed milk in the icing to keep the icing soft if she wants to keep them a while.

Jean’s Tips: “Not many people make ginger biscuits these days but this is a nice recipe.
I sometimes put a little ginger in the icing. These can be joined like Yo Yo’s or left plain.
Also I like to put a little glace ginger on top of a single biscuit. I have also put them through the biscuit forcer.”

When the show must go on!

April 11, 2013

March and April are busy months for show judges like Jean Miles.
In March, Jean judged at the Mooroopna Garden Club (10 March – vegetables and craft and children’s categories) and the Rutherglen Autumn Show (24 March).
‘The Rutherglen people had a bad storm just before the show,‘ Jean said. ‘They did an amazing job finding entries. The standard wasn’t as good as previous years but having had such bad weather they did well to have a show at all. However, there were very few roses, hence no championship roses for the state competition. In one section for potted cactus/succulents they found 29 pots from people around the town who probably had never entered before. Their floral art was excellent.’
This month, Jean will be judging the Branch Home Industries and the Branch Handicraft categories at Shepparton’s Eastern Goulburn Valley CWA Group Exhibition on 12 April. She will also be casting her eye over entries at the Echuca Group CWA Exhibition on 27 April.


Our guest judge isn’t a flash in the pan. She’s been impessing taste testers for years.
The Shepparton News, in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, featured a piece on Jean yesterday, so we thought we’d share it with you. The article includes a recipe of one of Jean’s favourites – Chicken and Pasta Bake. ‘It’s a simple recipe that can be served with hot vegetables or with salad,’ Jean said. The Tassie Farm will be publishing Jean’s ANZAC biscuit recipe later this month.

Pickle under the pump

April 4, 2013

Jan’s Zucchini Pickle as judged by CWA’s Jean Miles. 
Recipe to be posted soon.
It’s the greatest honour when one of CWA’s longest serving judges, critiques your pickle – and it comes up trumps! This is what Jean had to say:

Well presented. Clean well-filled jar. Good flavour and excellent texture. Clearly identifiable zucchini. One test is that the solid matter (the zucchini) can be cut with a wooden stick (like a paddle pop stick). The pickles passed this test well and it still held its crispness. “I tried your pickle with hot steak and with cold corn beef. I personally like a pickle to taste a little sweeter. It is hard to say if it would win a prize on the show bench as it is difficult to know what it would be up against.”
Extra comments from Jean:
Have you ever thought of entering it in the Sydney Show or a show near you? To enter in CWA exhibitions you would need to be a member. Had you thought of starting your own branch? You only need six people to start. There is sure to be a branch near you.

3 Badge Show Judge, Jean Miles, will be our very special guest during April.
Jean has been a member of the CWA for nearly 50 years and has two CWA judging badges (Home Industries and Handicraft) as well as a Royal Horticultural Society badge. Jean’s judging duties take her throughout country Victoria as well as shows in border towns such as Deniliquin (NSW) and King Island (which is CWA Tasmania).
‘Most of the skills I have today I learnt from being in the CWA,’ she daid. ‘It’s a training ground. Not just for home industries but for such areas as handicraft, photography (which Jean is learning now), public speaking, international programs, charity work and writing poetry.’
CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia and the Victoria branch is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2013.
Next Post: The Tassie Farm invites Jean to judge our Zucchini Pickle (Nick’s mother’s recipe).

Congratulations to all the Clever Hens at CWA Victoria.

They’re celebrating 85 years today.
The launch of the Association’s new cookbook, ‘Well Preserved’, will coincide with this milestone anniversary. CWA Member and 3 Badge Show Judge, Jean Miles, will be The Tassie Farm’s celebrity guest in April.

Farm celebrates CWA’s 85th birthday