Cook book a good mix

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Liz Wil­lis

Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark likes to spice things up.

For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Win­ston Peters is keep­ing ev­ery­thing un­der wraps.

Miss Clark pro­vided her take on a fish curry when asked for a favourite recipe and anec­dote by the North Shore-based In­ter­na­tional Writ­ers Work­shop.

Mr Peters waxed briefly on the joys of fish­ing and sup­plied a recipe for fish baked in tin­foil.

Peo­ple from all walks of life share recipes in the book The Word for Food, pro­duced by the group.

The in­spi­ra­tion comes from an ex­er­cise set for mem­bers of the 32-year-old group to pro­vide a recipe and an anec­dote.

Ed­i­tor and Ep­som res­i­dent Joyce Irv­ing, 87, had no qualms about ap­proach­ing fa­mous New Zealan­ders.

She sent off about 200 let­ters.

Founder mem­ber Joyce Beumel­burg, 86, con­tacted peo­ple who’d helped the group as tu­tors, speak­ers and judges. First she spoke to Devon­port au­thor Kevin Ire­land who sup­plied a Turk­ish dish to “only be shared by con­sent­ing adults”.

Among the other de­lights are au­thor Keri Hulme’s mut­ton­bird recipe, for­mer Na­tional Party leader Don Brash’s ginger­bread, ac­tor Beryl Te Wi­ata’s sil­ver­beet soup, and rose breeder Sam McCreedy’s cherry par­fait.

Broad­caster Murray Deaker shares his mother’s choco­late sponge recipe and a story the fam­ily dines out on fre­quently.

“When the young Queen came to Dunedin in 1953, she had af­ter­noon tea at Kar­i­tane Hospi­tal where she sur­pris­ingly ac­cepted a piece of my mum’s choco­late sponge and later told some­one that it was ‘quite de­li­cious’,” writes Mr Deaker.

For some in the group it’s the first time their work has been pub­lished. The cover art­work is by Merle Barnes.

To find out more call Estelle Ged­des on 478-6562, Sunethra Gu­nawar­dana on 410-1921 or Leonie Couper on 478-6351.

Photo: BEN CAMP­BELL

Food for thought: Joyce Irv­ing, 87, Joyce Beumel­burg, 86, and Merle Barnes, 76, test a recipe.

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