MERLE Parrish has just received an advance copy of her second book to be released in November and she says she still can’t believe her success so far.
Following hot on the heels of the success of her first book Merle’s Kitchen, which has sold upwards of 20,000 copies, her second book she says is also crammed full of favourite recipes - many of them show winners.
A veteran of numerous competition wins with the Country Women’s Association and at shows around the state, Mrs Parrish shares her country cooking secrets, tips and recipes in her new book titled appropriately Merle’s Country Show Baking And Other Favourites.
“I had a whole heap of recipes to choose from, some of them even from my mother Ivy Parslow,” Mrs Parrish said.
In her latest book her show-winning trophies are depicted at the start of each recipe.
But if she had to choose a favourite she says it would be her sponge recipe.
“I don’t know what I am letting myself in for because with my first book when I said it was my peach blossom that was the favourite I ended up cooking 56 in various demonstrations at events and for organisations,” she said.
Mrs Parrish says she wouldn’t miss a minute of her busy life. She was catapulted into the spotlight after a guest appearance on reality television cooking show MasterChef.
True to her connection to her country roots, Mrs Parrish says she wants to launch her second book in Cudal.
“That’s where the first one was launched and the CWA have arranged a special high tea event for it,” she said.
Also staying true to her community, Mrs Parrish is working hard for the upcoming Cudal Show on September 15.
“We are hoping it will be another big show - just like last year when people were saying it was the biggest in 30 years,” she said.
However this year will be a particularly special show for Mrs Parrish.
“There’s a new pavilion which Kevin Frecklington and I will be officially opening together,” she said.
“We have both been involved in the show since we were children.”
This year Mrs Parrish, who has been knitting since she was a young girl and is also a Royal Easter Show winner, picked up her needles again.
“Last year I was just so busy with all the obligations for my cookbook I didn’t knit one thing, but I’m on my third jumper this year,” she said.