Recipes from the neigh­bour­hood

Napier Courier - - News -

Keep­ing warm in the win­ter and cool in the sum­mer were the mo­ti­va­tors for Neigh­bour­hood Eats ,a fundrais­ing cook­book for Napier Cen­tral School.

An off­shoot of the PTA came up with the idea when they re­alised that to man­age ma­jor so­lar heat­ing and re­pair work on the school pool, they would need to make a lot more money than they nor­mally do from the usual school fundrais­ers, says Napier Cen­tral School PTA and Neigh­bour­hood Eats com­mit­tee mem­ber Re­becca Moses.

“Four of us en­thu­si­as­ti­cally and some­what naively put up our hands for the project.”

With zero ex­pe­ri­ence in this area, the team has over­seen ev­ery as­pect of the book — from the ini­tial con­cept to the fi­nal re­sult.

This in­volved col­lect­ing and col­lat­ing recipes from the com­mu­nity, for­mat­ting and edit­ing th­ese, graphic de­sign (along with pro­fes­sional de­signer An­naleise Wy­att), co­or­di­nat­ing an army of bak­ers and cooks from the NCS com­mu­nity to de­liver and col­lect food on nu­mer­ous photo shoots. They taste tested ev­ery sin­gle one of the 275 recipes and de­ter­mined that they were fool­proof, they worked with pho­tog­ra­pher Florence Charvin, and with web­site de­signer and school mum Kathryn McGar­vey, and worked on mar­ket­ing and PR with school mum Sarah Nash.

“There was a mas­sive spon­sor­ship drive to en­sure that print­ing costs were cov­ered so that 100 per cent of the profits from the sale of Neigh­bour­hood Eats would go to the school.

“We had lots of help from the com­mu­nity along the way in terms of prac­ti­cal help and spon­sor­ship,” Re­becca says.

The con­cept be­hind the book was to come up with some­thing that could stand along­side any pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced cook­book, and ul­ti­mately be the kind of cook­book that home cooks could go back to again and again, as well as be­ing a beau­ti­ful ad­di­tion to any cof­fee ta­ble.

“It had to look stun­ning and be full of beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs.

“Ini­tially we thought we would in­clude a se­lec­tion of the recipes of­fered by the com­mu­nity, but we soon re­alised that a book that ref­er­enced ev­ery fam­ily would be an in­cred­i­ble snap­shot of our mo­ment in time at Napier Cen­tral School.

“It was a mam­moth job, but even­tu­ally we man­aged to get a dif­fer­ent recipe from al­most ev­ery fam­ily in the school, with 98 per cent of fam­i­lies be­ing rep­re­sented and 100 per cent of fam­i­lies who chose to be in­volved rep­re­sented in the book. We are re­ally proud of this,” Re­becca says.

They asked for recipes that show­cased the her­itage of their school fam­i­lies and if pos­si­ble an ac­com­pa­ny­ing story to give that recipe a bit more depth and added in­ter­est.

“We ended up dis­cov­er­ing the fam­i­lies at our school are far more di­verse than we could have ever imag­ined.

“We have 275 in­cred­i­ble recipes from as far afield as Ger­many, Greece, France, Swe­den, Bel­gium, Italy, Ire­land, Scot­land, Eng­land, Fin­land, Spain, The Nether­lands, South Africa, In­done­sia, The Philip­pines, Viet­nam, Malaysia, Japan, In­dia, Thai­land, Iraq, Jor­dan, Amer­ica, Mex­ico, Samoa, Aus­tralia — and Aotearoa is there too with a de­li­cious, tra­di­tional recipe for Ma¯ ori Fry Bread among many, many oth­ers.

“We were as­tounded at the range of recipes that came our way and there were so many great ones that the book kept get­ting big­ger and big­ger.”

Sev­eral celebri­ties were also in­vited to sup­ply recipes — Neigh­bour­hood Eats also in­cludes some from in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned kiwi chef Peter Gor­don, Welling­ton-based celebrity chef Martin Bosley, for­mer NCS stu­dent and in­ter­na­tional D.J Baynk, pro­fes­sional boxer Joseph Parker and Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern.

“Our motto was ‘ask and ye shall re­ceive’ and it re­ally worked.”

■ The cook­book can be pur­chased on­line at neigh­bour­hood­ for $45.

Neigh­bour­hood Eats — recipes from the Napier Cen­tral School com­mu­nity, with pho­tog­ra­phy by Florence Charvin

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