camaraderie in catering

September 13, 2014

I had a very enjoyable blast back to my past today. Where catering for Crown Forestry Rental Trust functions or on a marae was second nature. Where we had lots of laughs while makes piles and piles of sandwiches, cutting up fruit for platters, and making and heating up trays of savouries. Where the time always flew by and you were surrounded by friends.

Our Bridge Club is hosting the GNOT (Grand National Open Teams) zone finals. It’s a room full of very serious bridge players playing for two solid days. And having to concentrate for that long makes for very hungry players. So the tables are laden up with plates of yumminess and within five minutes, all that is left are crumbs and screwed up napkins. It’s like a wave of people come through, sweeping up everything in sight.

But it’s fun and because I enjoyed it so much, I am going back to help tomorrow.


do you want s’more

June 30, 2012

I’ve been quite puzzled lately because I’ve read two novels by different authors and have come across multiple references to a s’more.  It was even on Pinterest. In each case these s’mores were being eaten at a beach BBQ or while camping.

Because I was so clueless I tracked it down on the internet. They are a sweet, messy dessert treat devoured by kids young and old. Their name comes from the phrase “can I have some more“. While there are many recipes on offer, they all come with the same three ingredients:  two sweet plain biscuits, chocolate, and marshmellows.

You then use these to make a sandwich. Place your chocoate onto one biscuit, toast your marshmellow(s) over the bbq or campfire then slide off onto the chocolate. Top with the second biscuit and there you have your s’more. The toasted marshmellow melts the chocolate and you’re left with a googy, messy, sugar hit. It must be an American thing because I never had one during any of my childhood camping trips but the Girl Scouts knew all about it apparently 🙂

a community united

June 2, 2012

I stumbled across this earlier in the week when I was catching up on the news and I think it is worth sharing.

The Canterbury region has been at the mercy of Mother Nature for nearly two years now and have suffered through countless earthquakes and aftershocks since the major quake of 4 September 2010.  But despite everything, a small group of people in a little town called Lyttelton have come together to create something enduring and positive for their community.  Cooperative businesses are not new but they think it’s the first of its kind in the grocery trade.

I’ve shopped in a few craft-type cooperative businesses and I have always been impressed and inspired by the creative products they have available to buy.  So I wish this new organic grocery business in Lyttelton every success.  Personally I think NZ$365 is great value for money and if something similar came to my local suburb, I would definitely want to be involved. But for now I must settle with supporting my local farmers market. It may not be a co-op but it gives me the ability to support small business owners.