Saturday, February 18, 2012


The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is launching its first cookbook - Blue Ribbon Recipes: Prize Winning Recipes from the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Many of us have memories of our mothers and grandmothers baking fresh scones, pikelets sponge cakes and slices. It's the type of food that has graced afternoon tea tables and has become part of our collective memories. Blue Ribbon Recipes: Prize Winning Recipes from the Sydney Royal Easter Show is a tribute to just that - a collection of recipes from our State's best home cooks.

Author Pam Casellas has sifted through the recipes of countless home cooks, all of whom have had great success at the Sydney Royal Easter Show over the years. She has savoured the offerings and the result is truly heartwarming - a treasure trove of simple, traditional home cooking which is carried out with love.

Sixty prize-winning recipes, generously provided by 24 exhibitors, pass on the traditions of Show cooking and inspire anyone who has ever considered entering a batch of their scones into one of the most prestigious cooking competitions in Australia - the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The recipes come from kitchens far and wide, and contributors range from the ages of 14 to well over 80.

Blue Ribbon Recipes contains several profiles of winning cooks; each with their own interesting story, helpful hints for baking bliss and special recipes.

There's Merle Parrish, who's first prize-winning Anzacs were granted immortality at the Cudal Show in 1939 when she was just seven years of age. She turns 80 this year and there has never been a time when she hasn't made Anzacs, among the other hundreds of cakes, biscuits, slices and sponges that she turns out every year.

Cooking is Mrs Parrish's great love in life. Her preparation for the Sydney Royal Easter Show is quite extraordinary - waking up at 2am, baking three batches of scones and a jam role, boxing up her entries, and then making the 300-kilometre journey east to Sydney Showground.

Blue Ribbon Recipes: Prize Winning Recipes from the Sydney Royal Easter Show is an initiative of the Sydney Royal Arts & Crafts Committee, in partnership with publisher Hub & Spoke. It is the first RAS colour photography cookbook and has been printed in Australia.

The 112-page hardcopy book retails for $39.99 and will be officially launched at the Sydney Royal Arts & Crafts Preview on Tuesday, April 3 at Sydney Showground. Blue Ribbon Recipes will be available for purchase at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the Arts & Crafts Pavilion from the first day of the Easter Show, April 5.

The first 2000 customers to purchase Blue Ribbon Recipes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show will receive a sample bag, filled with CSR Sugar, McKenzie's Bi-carb Soda and recipe card, Heilala Vanilla, Madura Tea Estates, Murray River Salt and a few special surprises. Blue Ribbon Recipes will also be available for purchase online at and at leading book stores.

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to go to the Easter Show this year and buy one! Sounds like it will be a fantastic cook book!