Recipes buy rooms
PARENTS from Marist Catholic School have whipped up a winning recipe to raise funds for new classrooms.
Marist mother Jo Simpkins says the idea to make The Marist Kitchen cookbook has been a long time in gestation.
‘‘The idea had been banged around for sometime but we had the right people and the need get it off the ground and go with it,’’ she says.
The money raised from the cookbook will go towards the cost of building two new classrooms at the decile 7 school in Herne Bay.
‘‘We are a small school but we have had rapid roll growth and this will really help to get the classrooms moving,’’ she says.
The school has the support of some big names in the food world such as Ray McVinnie, Dr Libby Weaver, Luca Villari and Robert Oliver to help reach the target of $30,000.
Simpkins says the school community’s response has been equally impressive with more than 140 recipes offered.
‘‘All the students really got behind it, they were going home and saying: ‘ We have to hand over the family recipe’.
‘‘We tested each of those – we made them all to make sure they met the brief of being fresh, achievable and delicious. Then we cut them down to 90 recipes for the book.’’
Simpkins says all the recipes in the cookbook are family friendly.
‘‘There is no point in having a recipe that tastes great but is a total nightmare to make.’’
The images in the book will have people eager to dig in and get cooking thanks to photographer Stephen Rob- inson, Simpkins says.
‘‘It is the kind of book you want to have on your coffee table. It isn’t until you open the pages you find out it is a school cookbook.’’
The book can be bought for $34.99 through maristschool cookbook.co.nz.
The book is being launched at Marist School Hall tomorrow.
Well-known Kiwi filmmaker and actor Paolo Rotondo will be speaking at the launch.
What’s cooking: Marist Catholic School students Emilia Young, Liam Dowling and Sienna Short tuck into one of the tasty recipes in The Marist Kitchen cookbook.