Grounded in Good­ness

A fundraiser for Te Puna Kinder­garten

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger

Te Puna Kinder­garten fam­i­lies have been cook­ing up a storm in fundrais­ing ef­forts to­wards their new build­ing.

The ru­ral kinder­garten has suc­cess­fully un­der­taken the task of cre­at­ing and pub­lish­ing a 200 page pro­fes­sional cook­book and rais­ing more than $13,000, so far.

Pro­ceeds from Grounded in Good­ness goes to­wards the new kinder­garten’s out­door en­vi­ron­ment at the new build (which be­gan last month) at the end of Min­den Rd.

Head teacher Paula Os­born floated the recipe book idea which was taken on by Emma Ward and a fundrais­ing com­mit­tee of seven. Graphic de­signer and kinder­garten­mum Amanda Wells has taken pho­tos (with help from pho­tog­ra­pher An­gela Hay) and put to­gether the fi­nal prod­uct.

Most fam­i­lies of the kinder­garten con­trib­uted to the project by sub­mit­ting their favourite healthy recipes— some passed down through gen­er­a­tions— and more than 150 recipes were con­sid­ered.

The com­mit­tee whit­tled the num­ber down to 90, recipes which re­flected what Te Puna Kinder­garten is all about, Emma says. Their web­site states . . . “we are pas­sion­ate about fam­ily, com­mu­nity and a healthy life­style with a bit of naugh­ti­ness thrown in for good mea­sure. Thus, our cook­book is full of de­li­cious recipes from our homes to yours.”

Fam­i­lies also helped with the mam­moth task of cook­ing all recipes for the pho­tog­ra­phy.

Chap­ters con­tain recipes with whole­some in­gre­di­ents that are grown— which is in line with

their ethos of en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to grow and eat healthy food. Chap­ters in­clude savoury, quick din­ners, win­ter recipes, sal­ads, snacks, al­lergy-aware meals, bak­ing and deserts.

Recipes in­clude spe­cial fam­ily favourites such as Usha’s au­then­tic but­ter chicken, roast tomato cous­cous and crispy chick­pea salad, salted caramel fudge and cho­co­late torte with salted caramel nuts. Many recipes have a sen­tence from the con­trib­u­tors of its ori­gins.

About 500 copies have al­ready been pre-or­dered with an­other 250 for sale ($35).

More may be printed if there is de­mand. Emma says she was “blown away” by sup­port for the book. “The sup­port of the fam­i­lies has been amaz­ing. It’s some­thing we are all re­ally proud to be in­volved in.”

The book also pays trib­ute to their neigh­bour Gor­don Burr who al­lows the chil­dren to har­vest fruit from his or­chard and veg­eta­bles from his gar­den.

Visit www.grounded-in­good­ for more in­for­ma­tion and stock­ists. The book is avail­able at city li­braries as well.

PHOTO/An­drew Warner

Grounded­inGood­ness cook­books are printed and ready for dis­tri­bu­tion. Emma Ward with son Alex, 2.

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