We sat around all day yesterday, drinking and talking, and of course eating. The amount of food was incredible, Chops sausages, steaks sosatie and sate, salads and sweets.
I believe I was the only one apart from the children who stuck to non alcoholic drinks. Some only had a couple because they were driving, others threw themselves in to the spirit (so to speak) and imbibed mightily. No one became offensively inebriated though one or two were amusingly so. Raj performed some magic tricks most entertainingly in his inebriation then to my astonishment retuned a ukulele and played Indian tunes on it. Turns out he is a master sitarist yet until now had never encountered or heard of a ukulele. But when one was shown to him he turned it into a real musical instrument!
I elected myself designated driver, drove those home who needed a lift, then returned with their car to the party, parked it there, and went home on my bike.
My food contributions were well received I am pleased to record, and the sosatie were highly praised, but without any doubt the best fare were the outstanding desserts by Cindy, and the garlic chilli prawns courtesy of Sarah and Carl, which were then whipped into a spicy chilli recipe by Raj, and grilled by Caine.
Cindy made the best apple crumble ever. I find apple crumble incredibly easy to screw up. I have eaten some shocking attempts at it, and never make it myself. She made a sensational chocolate log which she revealed was actually a couple of packets of chocolate ripple biscuits soaked in sherry then pressed out. covered with cream, refrigerated and rolled up then rolled in coconut. I shall seek more detail from her. I don’t do sweets often but that was worth trying. And she made a Pavlova. We had a good natured discussion on whether it is a West Australian or New Zealand Dish. They would not believe me that the question had been officially settled in NZ’s favour.
HISTORIC PAVLOVA RECIPE REPUBLISHED
The famous 1933 Rangiora Parish Mothers’ Union Cookery Book recipe for Pavlova has been republished in the new parish cook book, Eat Pray Cook. It was the recipe for “Pavlova Cake” contributed by Mrs W.H. Stevens of East Belt Rangiora that finally settled the inter-tasman debate over the origin of Pavlova. The people of Anglican Life Rangiora have once again combined their best recipes to produce a new cookbook served up with love and prayers.
Project organiser, The Revd Christine Allan-Johns said “it is something special to see the pavlova recipe and other period gems such as Khaki cake and Ladysmith cake alongside the modern recipes”.
Copies of the new book which also reproduces the cover of its 1933 are still available from the parish office.