Your let­ters

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - Jann-marie Ross, Auck­land


I have just fin­ished read­ing the March is­sue of your mag­a­zine and saw the let­ter by Wendy An­der­son. It brought back happy mem­o­ries of my cook­ing lessons from my God­mother.

In 1970, one never bought pavlova, one al­ways made it and the four egg yolks were not ‘left­over’ but in­gre­di­ents for a sponge cake.

I hope this is help­ful to those who are keen cooks and con­scious of the cost of in­gre­di­ents to­day.

Wai’s God­mother’s sponge In­gre­di­ents

4 egg yolks

⅓ cup warm wa­ter (not hot wa­ter) 4 tbsp su­gar 16 tsp (8 dessert­spoons) corn­flour 2 tsp (1 dessert­spoon) plain flour 1 heaped tsp bak­ing pow­der


Beat egg yolks and warm wa­ter un­til the mix­ture is thick. Grad­u­ally add the su­gar, one spoon at a time un­til the mix­ture is thick. Sieve the dry in­gre­di­ents and fold them into the egg/wa­ter/su­gar mix­ture. Grease a big tin, dust it lightly with a lit­tle flour and pour in the cake mix­ture. Cook for 15-20 min­utes at 180˚C. In­sert a metal skewer into the cen­tre to test if the cake is cooked through.

I al­ways look for­ward to read­ing your mag­a­zine and all the help­ful hints to ex­per­i­ment on my­self! Wai Yin Wil­liams, Eltham


I al­ways en­joy hear­ing about your goats and love read­ing about them in your NZ Life­style Block enewslet­ter.

Lla­mas also have a high need for min­er­als as they nat­u­rally live at high al­ti­tudes so don’t get enough vi­ta­min D in NZ, es­pe­cially in the win­ter. We usu­ally in­ject with an A,D, E com­bi­na­tion once or twice a year, but I have come across an oral ver­sion which seems much kin­der than a nee­dle. Healthy Ewe RTU comes as a liq­uid and also in a bulk pow­der pack.

I used it last sea­son when we had such a bad time with fa­cial eczema (it in­cludes zinc). It in­cludes some in­gre­di­ents which can be toxic in ex­cess, but my vet ad­vice was that it was ok to use at two week in­ter­vals dur­ing the FE dan­ger pe­riod. It is made in NZ too.­­ucts/min­er­als/ Healthy-ewe-rtu-liq­uid Judy Webby, Levin


Mur­ray Grim­wood crunches the fig­ures on the de­ple­tion of the earth’s re­sources and ex­po­nen­tial pop­u­la­tion growth (Power Down, Fe­bru­ary 2017).

My sci­ence teacher pre­dicted petrol would be gone by the time I reached adult­hood. I am now 50 and still roar­ing around in a fos­sil-fu­elled RAV.

The wild card Mur­ray over­looks is ad­vanc­ing tech­nol­ogy, plus ne­ces­sity be­ing the mother of in­ven­tion. Let’s hope it is a card we play well to avoid dy­ing in our own tox­ins or pi­rat­ing other plan­ets with a Jolly Roger fly­ing on the front of our space shut­tle.

Over and out.

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