|My second cousin Libby (a trained opera singer) and the new Isaac's Cider|
I tried to teach Harley, 15, to make toast with butter and marmite.
"Needs more butter" I said.
"You and your family"Harley replied "it's a wonder you're not all really huge. It's always 'more butta, more butta.' "
|Mum's ham tastes like butta too|
There was a new store over the hill called Whakatane International which sold round-the-world packaged foodstuffs and vintagey things like Tab. It seemed under-stocked to me, but Kevin thought the displays were deliberately like that in a cool and Warhol-esque way. Clearly I married a cup half-full guy.
|Whakatane International store|
Of course the best place to eat in Ohope Beach was the "T&L Restaurant" Tallulah, 11 and her cousin Leah set up. For a couple of days they sat all day at our cottage waiting for customers and we took pity on them and booked in for two meals each. (Though Cy, 8, was eventually banned for complaining.)
I suggested that maybe they could drop off flyers to the neighbours.
"We're not sure we want to serve people we don't know" said Tallulah.
Not sure that business model is going to work...
|Dad, dressed in one of his gifts, paying Tallulah|
|Restaurant Bookings for the week and one of Cy's complaints scribbled out|
Sharon's Fresh Rolls:
Rice paper, matchstick-sized carrots and cucumber, lettuce, vermicelli, shrimp fried in garlic (frozen is fine). Dip the rice paper in warm water for a few seconds till it softens, plop on small amount of the rest, roll up and voila! Shoot, forgot the dipping sauce...Oh just buy that.
Roasted cubes of sweet potato, toasted sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds, small raw florettes of cauliflower and broccoli and cooked bacon. Mix together with a small amount of mayonaise.
What was your edible nemesis over the holidays - have you banned it now?