In 2019 the HT’s Jacqui Hensel wrote a story on Margaret Thompson, who has the only buffalo farm operating in Queensland, based in Maleny. (issuu.com/hinterlandtimes/docs/ht_may19_web)
As part of the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) Country Kitchens ‘Meet a Farmer’ initiative, Margaret was recently interviewed for their blog to talk about Maleny Buffalo, which supplies milk to various processors including Maleny Cheese, Olympus Cheese, Mt Tamborine and Byron Bay.
Margaret takes her farming seriously, aiming for happy animals (which results in better produce) and a respect for the environment, as she shared in the blog: “As we are in the Mary River catchment which flows into the Great Sandy Straits, we are conscious that our actions influence the Great Barrier Reef. Our buffalo are fenced out of the waterways to ensure there is no contamination.”
Buffalo milk is the second most consumed milk worldwide, after cow’s milk, with its popularity rising here – good news for Maleny Buffalo.
We have included a recipe on page 14 from the Country Kitchens Maleny Facilitator, Judy Stubbs, where Maleny Buffalo mozzarella would work beautifully!
If you would like more information on the QCWA, visit qcwacountrykitchens.com.au
Veggie Packed Pizza
Serves: 6 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes / 1 ½ serves per portion
- 1 tablespoon polenta (cornmeal)
- 1 cup natural yoghurt
- 1 ½ cups self-raising flour
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- ½ cup leftover roast vegetables (e.g., potato, sweet potato, pumpkin), thinly sliced
- ¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced
- ½ cup red or green capsicum, thinly sliced
- ½ medium zucchini, thinly sliced
- ½ cup mushroom, sliced
- ½ cup spinach or basil leaves
- ½ cup mozzarella (try Maleny Buffalo!) or reduced fat cheddar, grated
- Preheat oven to 230oC. Line two baking trays with baking paper and sprinkle polenta over the top of each.
- Combine yoghurt and flour in bowl until they just come together.
- Knead on a well-floured surface until smooth, add more flour if too sticky. This may take up to 10 minutes. Rest the dough for 5 minutes.
- Shape the dough into two (round or square) pizza bases.
- Place bases on trays and brush with olive oil. Spread pizza sauce evenly over dough.
- Top with a selection of vegetables.
- Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes each.