Rotary worldwide is known for its philanthropy. But the money to assist good causes involves fundraising. In August last year Rotary Cambridge had a fundraising brainstorming session.
A cookbook was mooted. They approached ‘moi’ — a member — and I suggested they publish a book showcasing the bountiful Waikato from the Coromandel to south of Taupo.
Who contributed to the book?
We presold the book to growers and producers, all of whom have amazing products.
We interviewed most of them personally and my husband wrote interesting little stories about them together with entertaining intros that background their products. I developed the recipes and did the food styling and photography.
How long was it in the making?
For various reasons, we really couldn’t start until the beginning of this year. It took seven months of long hours but we managed to make the publishing deadline. Slow-cooked lamb, beef or pork — with Asian or Middle Eastern flavours. It would have been Anthony Bourdain but unfortunately he is no longer with us. I interviewed him a couple of years ago and love his excellent writing style. My menu would have included my version of Thai fish with all the trimmings.
Tripe, plus deep-fried foods that have been cooked in over-used oil.
Seafood. Cooked as a simple pan-fry or combined with Asian flavours. However, salmon poached in red wine is also a favourite. At least three types of cheese, hoisin
New Zealand extra virgin olive oil, canned anchovies, flaky sea salt.
■ I’m married to a miracle man. Michael survived serious stomach cancer in 2006 and two years ago suffered four strokes leaving him with impaired eyesight, prosopagnosia (face blindness) and absolute exhaustion. Yet he wrote the interviews and intros for Amazing how the brain can heal and develop if you push it. So proud of him.
■ I really wanted to be a fashion designer but, due to unforeseen circumstances, I didn’t become a ‘Trelise Cooper’.
■ I get great satisfaction from mowing the lawns.