Mullumbimby Agricultural Show kicks off today
JOYCE BRISBIN says her passion for pickles and preserves comes from years of trial and error.
"I make a heavenly pickle because heaven knows what's in it," the 77-year-old Mullumbimby Agriculture Show cooking steward said yesterday.
Mrs Brisbin said she had entered some of her creations in this year's show, which starts today.
"I like to let my imagination run wild," she said.
"What goes in the pickles and jams depends on what's in the cupboard or garden." But Mrs Brisbin said despite spending hours on end making the jams and pickles, she didn't eat them.
"I don't like jams or pickles and my husband is a diabetic so he can't eat them. I make them because it's fun and they make good Christmas presents when you're stuck," she said.
Yesterday Mrs Brisbin and cooking judge Pam Johnston, of Richmond Hill, were tasting the entries.
"I have a glass of water between each. You only need a small bit on the end of a teaspoon to know the quality of the preserve," she said.
Ms Johnston said she looked at texture, mixture and general appearance.
Show secretary Sue Constable said this year's 98th show was shaping up to be a success.
"Our show is traditional and the competitions play a big part," she said.
n The show will run at the Mullumbimby Showground from today until Sunday.