Royal ham­per made in Karaka

Franklin County News - - FRONT PAGE - EME­LYN MCHARDY

Some things were kept pri­vate dur­ing Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern’s visit with the Queen, but now a Karaka busi­ness woman can let a royal se­cret out of the ham­per.

Pad­dock to Pantry co-owner Me­lanie Ken­ner­ley, thought some­one was play­ing a prac­ti­cal joke on her, when she was asked to make a per­son­alised ham­per for the Queen as a pro­to­col gift for Ardern’s visit.

‘‘I had my head in the fridge and I was given the phone and it took me quite a bit to catch up with what this lady was say­ing - would I help make a food ham­per for the Royal Fam­ily,’’ she said.

‘‘We started talk­ing about what would go in it, but I was still won­der­ing whether this was real or not. And then we were talk­ing about olives and she said ‘oh it’s ac­tu­ally for the Queen, so I don’t know that olives would be quite the right thing,’ so that was next level.

Me­lanie had only taken over the Karaka busi­ness in Oc­to­ber with her hus­band Wayne. Not even he be­lieved her royal news.

‘‘I rang up Wayne and he was like ‘there is no way that is real, some­body is play­ing a prac­ti­cal joke on you.’ That was every­body’s first re­ac­tion,’’ she said.

Me­lanie had to make quick work of the royal ham­per as she was only asked on the Wed­nes­day lead­ing into Easter.

The ham­per fea­tured an An­zac theme, which Me­lanie said hap­pened by chance, when strug­gling to find a flower to put in­side.

She even­tu­ally de­cided that a poppy nicely tied in some of the ham­per pieces and had re­lated back to New Zealand.

Con­tin­u­ing with the An­zac theme, Me­lanie added a Welling­ton Choco­late Fac­tory AN­ZAC bar and some clas­sic To­tara Cot­tage Triple Choco­late AN­ZAC bis­cuits.

Other items in the Queen’s ham­per in­cluded a Hog­a­rth Milk Hazel­nut Choco­late Log, a jar of Wild Ap­petite Mer­lot Wine Jelly and NoShort­cuts Fei­joa and Fin­ger Jam.

Since mak­ing the Queen’s ham­per, Pad­dock to Pantry has looked to con­tinue to im­prove its ser­vices by ex­pand­ing into floristry, just in time for Mother’s Day this week­end.

If you want a sneak peak into the life of roy­alty you can or­der the repli­cated Queen’s ham­per from the Pad­dock to Pantry web­site pad­dock­topantry.co.nz.

Me­lanie Ken­ner­ley liked the Queen’s ham­per so much, she has added it to her com­pany’s web­site to buy.

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