Waitangi Day

If you’re in New Zealand at the moment, you’re probably celebrating Waitangi Day on the beach or with a picnic. You could do something similar in Ireland but you wouldn’t last long on a wind- and rain-swept beach and picnics really need to be at home in front of the fire! This wintery weather lends itself very much to warming soups so, after chancing on some lovely sweet potatoes in Fermoy’s last remaining veg shop, I decided that it was time to make Meg’s Spicy Lentil and Kumara Soup – kumara is a Maori sweet potato that we eat a lot of when we are in New Zealand but can’t get in Ireland. The sweet potatoes that I picked up weren’t a bad substitute, though, I’ll definitely be back to get some more to make more kumara recipes. Now, time to make some Anzac Biscuits for a real Kiwi treat – although I guess I should really be making a Pavalova!



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3 Responses

  1. barbara says:

    We went out with NZ friends and I wore black. How Nz is that 🙂

  2. why not try making some afghan biscuits for the ultimate nz cookie!

  3. Mmmm…I love Afghans! Made them a couple of times in NZ, using Lois Daish’s recipe, but haven’t made them at all in Ireland. I never have cornflakes in the house – the Husband always has Weetabix for breakfast – so it never occurs to me to make them. Must get a small box and dig out that recipe again.

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