40 NASEBY – let pa­tience pre­vail By Tim Hanna

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The Edi­ble Jour­ney is not your or­di­nary run-of-the-mill school cook­book. Pro­duced by Tai Tapu School, it cel­e­brates the com­mu­nity and the his­tory of the land as well as the wide va­ri­ety of fresh pro­duce avail­able in the Banks Penin­sula area. It show­cases lo­cal food producers that may be found on, or near, the main road from Christchurch to Akaroa, whose pro­duce in­cludes as­para­gus, lamb, cheese, berries, fresh fish, hazel­nuts, herbs, honey, let­tuce, olives and oil, pota­toes, salmon, small meats, stone fruit, pre­serves and wasabi as well as wines and bou­tique beer. Its 200 recipes in­clude those of ex­perts from lo­cal restau­rants and cafes. The book and its photographs are pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced, and the school sold over 3,000 copies in the first month. Its main pur­pose has been to raise funds for the school and prof­its will help meet their grow­ing ex­penses. Tai Tapu School is one of the old­est schools in Can­ter­bury, dat­ing back to 1867 and this year the roll has in­creased by over 10 per cent, much of which has been due to the clo­sure of the school at nearby Green­park. The school will even have a re­lated stand, “The Edi­ble Jour­ney” at this year’s Eller­slie Flower Show. It seems that if Banks Penin­sula were in­deed an is­land, its peo­ple would not starve, nor in fact do with­out some ex­cel­lent din­ing.

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