March 2010 Newsletter

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

Autumn has arrived and I'm loving it. The days are warm and the nights are cool and the colours of the leaves  on the trees (and off) cover the whole colour spectrum.

Our Summer 2010 Seasonal Recipe competition has been decided and a hard task it was too. See below for the delicious details. Autumn may have begun but the warm weather means our Summer dishes are still welcome. We encourage everyone to enter their favourite recipe using seasonally available produce. See our website for all competition details.

I have chosen Broccoli as our vegetable focus for this newsletter. I do believe that is is an aquired taste. As a child broccoli did not make my favourite food list, let alone place in the top ten, but I have certainly developed a taste for it, particularly the stems which are the best bit. More on that below.

 


Our Summer Seasonal Recipe Competitionwinner

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

Our winner is Kengo Ohara of Western Australia.

Kengo'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 autumn 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 Summer Merit Prizes go out to the following: Saskia Erickson of VIC, Leigh-Anne Jeong of TAS, and to three others all from NSW.  We would like to thank all who have taken part in the Summer competition.


 

Hakubaku Somen Sea Food Salad with Summer VegetablesSOBA

Serves: 3

Ingredients:

  • 270g packet of Hakubaku Somen noodles
  • 400g sea food marinara mix (fresh if possible else frozen works well)
  • 1 tsp wasabi (to lift the taste up - optional)
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 lebanese cucumbers - cut into strips
  • 2 avocados - cubed
  • 2 tomatos - cubed

Method:

  1. Boil the somen according to the packet's instruction and cool down with ice water.
  2. Boil sea food marinara mix for 3 minutes or until done. Be careful not to overcook then cool down with ice water.
  3. Mix Somen and sea food marinara with remaining ingredients.
  4. Serve in a nice glass bowl. You can also serve in a bed of iceberg lettuce and add chopped boiled eggs.

 


 

Broccoli

Broccoli forms a head of tightly compact flowers made of green buds with a bluish tinge. A thick fleshy stalk that is very edible, broccoli has a sweet fresh flavour that must not be overcooked. Part of the Brassica family, broccoli is related to cabbage and cauliflower, and you will be able to guess that broccolini is similarly related.

Broccoli can be added raw to a salad or a crudite platter, but can be steamed, boiled and stirfried.

Broccoli does need to be well washed before use as dirt can become trapped amongst the tight leaves. It is suggested that you sit the broccoli florets in a bowl of water for a few minutes to let the water flush out the dirt. .

Broccoli can be found year-round in your supermarket but as it is basically a cool climate crop, it's best season is the autumn and winter periods. Check out your local farmers market for the pick of the crop.


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

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Upcoming Events:

I worked with Akira at the February Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market and a great morning it was. Tanya and Akira similarly had a good day at the March Talbot Market so if you ever get along to one of these markets, be sure to come up and say Hello.

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

  • Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market - Saturday 10 & 24 April and 8 & 22 May, 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).  

 

Japan Festival - Box Hill

The 11th Japan Festival will be held by the Japan Club of Victoria on Sunday, May 16 2010 at the Box Hill Town Hall and Hakubaku will be taking part.

This is a very exciting event for all things Japanese (particularly fine organic dried noodles) and a great day out. There will be many foods to try, activities for the kids, displays of martial arts and dance and many more things that will give you greater insite into the Japanese culture.

There is a $3 entry fee and for further details go to http://www.jcv.org.au/japanfestival/

The address is 1022 Whitehorse Road, BOX HILL VIC 3128. Tel: (03) 9379 8421

This would usually go under our Upcoming Events section, but it is such a big event that it deserved its own spot. Be sure to stop and say hello to the Hakubaku Staff manning the stall on the day.


 

 
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.
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We look forward to seeing what you have created in your kitchens for our Seasonal recipe competition. Don't forget to include Autumn seasonal produce in your recipes.
From Jenny and the Hakubaku Team