Recipes buy rooms

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

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 cook­

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.

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