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