40 NASEBY – let patience prevail By Tim Hanna
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.