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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Bar raised for new fashion stakes
By ABBIE NAPIER
TOP NOTCH: Stephanie Rumble in her winning outfit in 2006 when she won the Best Dressed Lady award.
IT S GOING to take more than a
fancy hat or a bow tie to win this
year s Best Dressed on Cup Day at
Addington Raceway next week.
The whole competition has been
given a makeover and the stakes
are higher than ever before.
Gone are the woes of confusing
judging forms and complex heats.
Four judges, all new, will judge
the winners of the four stream-
lined categories: Best Dressed
Lady, Best Dressed Man,
Artwear, and Body Art.
Christchurch judge Stephanie
Rumble runs her own personal
and corporate styling company
based in Christchurch. She
dresses everyone from the Aver-
age Joe (or Jane) to high-flying
celebs and business people.
I want to see colour, patterns
and interesting and creative out-
fits that still look stylish and pol-
ished, she said.
I don t want to see people who
walked into a shop that dressed
them, then walked out. I want to
see grandma s shoes.
Judge Fraser Bremford, south-
ern regional manager for men s
clothing brand, Working Style,
brings to the table a sense of the
classic jazzed up with the modern.
This year we re looking for
well-tailored garments and beau-
tiful shoes for the men, he said.
No corporate wear for an event-
By this he means men should
avoid the corporate pinstripe or
black suit and boring work wear.
He wants to see fun, race appro-
priate attire with a sensible choice
of hat for the weather -- don t for-
get the sunglasses .
Colours in for men this season
include the beiges, on trend blues
and steely greys, with the odd pop
of lilac or mauve in the accessor-
ies.Ms Rumble is dreading orange
fake tan, long acrylic nails or
I don t want to be seeing too
much of the breasts and legs, she
said. You want to be demure, but
not frumpy. Classic.
Ms Rumble herself will walk
the talk on the day -- kitted out in
daring lime green, turquoise and
Hopefully it all comes
Her outfit will probably be stun-
ning, since she has dressed two
previous winners and won the
grand prize herself in 2006.
Her male counterpart, Mr
Bremford, is also a risk-taker,
donning a custom-made vivid
blue suit and handmade shoes.
This year s Best Dressed Lady
will receive automatic semifinals
entry into the Ellerslie Racecourse
Derby Day competition, arguably
the most prestigious best-dressed
at the races in New Zealand.
Decadent chocolate muffins
Kikorangi and caramelised pear muffins
2 cups standard flour
1 tsp baking soda
1G4 cup dark cocoa powder
3G4 cup caster sugar
200g dark chocolate drops
100g butter, melted
1 cup plain yoghurt
1G2 cup milk
1G2 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 200C. Lightly brush about 10 muffin holes with oil.
Sift the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and caster sugar into a large bowl. Stir in the
Whisk the butter, yoghurt, milk, vanilla and egg together. Pour the liquid ingredients
into the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared
Bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Leave to stand in the pan for a few minutes before cooling on a wire rack. Makes about
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored quartered and
1 Tbsp each: butter, brown sugar
2 cups standard flour
1 Tbsp each: baking powder, sugar
1G2 tsp salt
125g Kikorangi blue cheese (or similar),
1G4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and diced
1G4 cup walnut or canola oil
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
To make the topping, saute the pear in
the melted butter and brown sugar, until
caramelised. Drain on paper towels. Cool.
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Oil or line
nine or 10 muffin pan holes with paper
Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and
salt into a bowl. Add the cheese, parsley
and pear and mix well.
Combine the oil, milk and egg and stir
into the dry ingredients briefly.
Spoon into the muffin holes. Top each
with 2 slices of the caramelised pear. Bake
for about 20 minutes, until golden. May be
sprinkled lightly with paprika before serv-
Best served at room temperature. Makes
nine or 10.
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