July 2011 Newsletter

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Welcome to the Nineteenth Edition of the Hakubaku Newsletter
Hello to all of our registered members.

How are you all keeping? Did you see the Tour De France? Our Factory Manager is a mad keen cyclist and always follows the Tour avidly. We all got a little swept up in the excitement of the local boy made good. Three cheers to Cadel Evans, the first Australian to win the Tour. Long may he defend his title - fingers crossed!.

Speaking of winners, it is time to announce the winner of the Autumn 2011 Seasonal competition. We received a positive avalanche of entries this season and I've gone for something a little different - not quite so Japanesy, but definitely easy. I hadn't thought to use Hakubaku noodles this way and so was a little surprised at how well it worked. The Winter 2011 Seasonal recipe competition is now underway and so as always we encourage everyone to enter their favourite recipe using seasonally available produce. See our website for all competition details.


Our Autumn Seasonal Recipe Competitionwinner

Thank you to all who sent in entries. The variety was wonderful and all very tempting.

Our winner is Colleen of Victoria.

Coleen's recipe is our featured recipe for this month especially for our newsletter subscribers and will later be available for all on our website.

Our recipe competition continues on a seasonal basis and so we welcome more entries.

Start thinking of the great winter vegies available and let us know how best you like to eat them with Hakubaku Organic noodles.

Go to www.hakubaku.com for all terms and conditions.

Our Autumn Merit Prizes go out to the following: Tracy Cauci of VIC, Vivien Wong of WA, Kate Naidu of NSW, Michelle Freeman of VIC, Katie Waycott of QLD and another entry from NSW . We would like to thank all who have taken part in the Autumn competition.


Noodle, Zucchini & Potato FrittatasSOBA

Makes: 12


  • 270g packet of Hakubaku Somen noodles
  • Olive oil spray
  • 6 - 7 eggs, lightly whisked (depending on size)
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) low fat milk
  • 1 small potato or sweet potato, peeled, grated, excess liquid squeezed
  • 1 zucchini, grated, excess liquid squeezed
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Lightly spray twelve 1/2 cup (125ml) muffin pans with olive oil spray.
  2. Cook Somen noodles according to packet instructions and drain well.
  3. Whisk together the eggs and milk until combined.
  4. Combine the noodles, potato, zucchini, spinach and parsley. Divide mixture evenly into the muffin pan.
  5. Carefully pour over the egg mixture.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until set and golden.
  7. Set aside to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

These little frittatas may be eaten hot or cold and are great with humus or sour cream for dipping. Other vegetables may also be added, eg: peas, grated carrot.

Little hands and taste buds love these when made as mini-muffins or it also works well when made into a slice. Other Hakubaku noodles may be substituted for the Somen.

Sweet Potato

Native to Central America, the sweet potato takes on a few different forms. They do not belong to the potato family but have a similar appearance. 

In Australian supermarkets you will often see sweet potatos labeled as 'Kumera' which is the New Zealand name. World wide, the sweet potato is a staple food for so many people.

Sweet Potatos are starchy, tuberous root vegetables that have a sweet taste (hence the name). Dietary fibre, complex carbohydrates, beta carotene and many different vitamins are just a few of the humble sweet potato's many virtues.

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One can simply not have enough purple vegetables.

When buying check that your sweet potato is firm and has no blemishes. Store in a cool dark place that is well-ventilated for up to a week


Prepare to eat by scrubbing the skin. You can cook it whole or slice it up. Or you can peel, boil or steam and mash. And that is just the starting point.

Roasted, grilled, fried, baked deep fried (sweet potato chips anyone?), the possibilities are endless.


As it's name suggests, sweet potato is not just for savoury cooking. Sweet potato has made its way in to desserts everywhere providing colour and sweetness. And as an extra, it can also make a lovely ornamental plant for your garden as it is part of the morning glory family .

Some further information on sweet potato may be found using the internet. We would be interested to hear of how you like to use sweet potato with Hakubaku Organic noodles.







Upcoming Events:

I went along to the farmers market that was held along the lake on Saturday 23 July and while it was a cold old day the amount of things that I came home with almost made supermarket shopping redundant this week. I think my eyes were bigger than my fridge's storage capability!

As always, the regular markets are an enjoyable outing with plenty to see and buy. Other upcoming markets include:

  • Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market - Saturday 13 & 27 August and 10 & 24 September, Wendouree Parade Lake Wendouree, BALLARAT 9.00am to 1.00pm  
  • Talbot Farmers Market - which runs from 9.00am to 2.00pm on the third Sunday of every month in the beautiful historic town of Talbot, Victoria. (If you are in Melbourne and looking for a day trip Talbot is well worth the drive).  


The Hope for Wheat Harvest

The farmers from Balranald in New South Wales who have traditionally supplied our wheat have been unable to produce wheat in recent years because of the drought which was then followed by floods. They have just finished sewing their next crop and so we are hoping for rain in September and dry weather from November on during the harvesting period. Here's to a successful Organic Wheat Harvest for 2011.

That's all from us for now. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on our products and our newsletter. 
Please forward this email on to all friends and family who may be interested in Hakubaku noodles. They may have great recipes that we haven't heard of yet.
If you would like to receive your own copy of the Hakubaku newsletter, please go to www.hakubaku.com and sign up. You also will get to access lots of great noodle recipes.
We look forward to seeing what you have created in your kitchens for our Seasonal recipe competition. Don't forget to include Winter seasonal produce in your recipes.
From Jenny and the Hakubaku Team