It’s winter – let’s eat!

Cover of PieIt’s winter and I am not advocating heading for the snow, but to the kitchen. This a winter food rave. You see, for me the best thing about this season is… WINTER FOOD!

Does this grab you like it does me? Steak, Caramelised  Onion and Red Capsicum Mustard Pies from a simply named but lip-smacking cookbook: Pie, by Dean Brettschneider. It helps that the pictures are of perfectly made pastry, of course. Mine never looks like this, more of a patchwork quilt effect. Normally pastry is something I avoid as being too fiddly, but some of these pies are going to have to cross my lips and settle on the hips.

Cover of SlowI have become a bit of a cookbook stalker since working daily with library books. One I came across was Slow by Allyson Gofton. Most of the recipes I had never seen before and that’s always a huge drawcard. I’ve  been a bit wary of using the slow cooker for vege dishes, but the North African Vegetable & Lentil Stew, on page 279,  was a huge success and the eggplant held together beautifully.

Cover of Soup KitchenSmoked Haddock and Shrimp Chowder and/or Yellow Split Pea and Frankfurter Soup from Soup Kitchen have also taken my fancy. The latter sounds interesting, but could have some startling after effects. It’s one of Nigella “Who needs chocolate” Lawson’s contributions. Among the other contributors are Mr “Beep Beep” Ramsay, Jamie “Lips” Oliver, Rick “My Hero” Stein, and Hugh “Three Good Things” Fearnley-Whittingstall is the editor. It’s hard to go past soup and in my freezer there’s Tomato and Roast Capsicum Soup (blended with  a few Jalapeno peppers), waiting for suitable soup weather… and possibly the purchase of a fire extinguisher.

Cover of What's for Pudding?If there’s room, and it pays to leave some, What’s for Pudding? used to be the greeting we offered my poor mother as soon as we had finished the main meal. Two of my childhood faves, Bread and Butter Pudding, and Golden Syrup Steamed Pudding are represented in Alexa Johnston’s yummy book, but Gingerbread Upside Down Pudding or Apricot Betty sound even better.

Hungry now? What are your winter food favourites?  Much used cook books? Did you bring any family dishes from your homeland?

This leaves me feeling and probably looking like a Roly Poly Pudding!

Hello! New Zealand

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Some New Zealand Magazines have arrived on Zinio for Libraries.

And Hello.

Māori eBooks in Wheelers

There is an interesting range of Māori information available in Wheelers eBooks.

Here are some you might like to explore:

Cover of Matters of the heartMatters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand by Angella Wanhalla published in 2013.  This book is well researched and interesting to read but the thing I love most are the beautiful old black and white photographs of some of the couples mentioned in the book.

Na to Hoa Aroha, from Your Dear Friend: the Correspondence of Sir Apirana Ngata and Sir Peter Buck, 1925-50 in three volumes. Originally published in  the late 1980s, these letters open a window into the concerns and interests of two of New Zealand’s pre-eminent twentieth-century Maori scholars and statesmen, Sir Apirana Ngata and Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa).

If you want to learn te reo Māori there is a new beginner’s eBook New Zealand: Te Reo – an introduction into Maori language by Urban Napflin or you can choose Dr Bruce Biggs’ classic Let’s Learn Maori. Korero Maori – give it a go.

Learn about a contemporary New Zealand issue in Peter Cleave’s Takutai: The Foreshore and Seabed or take a look at Alan Ward’s A Show of Justice: Racial Amalgamation in Nineteenth Century New Zealand to read about how New Zealand policy and laws affected Maori historically and lead to issues that still need resolutions today.

And then relax with a novel by Alice Tawhai or a quick read from Huia Short Stories.

Take the time to explore Wheelers and discover some wonderful gems about te Ao Maori.

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Leonie Miller
Upper Riccarton Library