Cupcakes have been rating okay on the website of late. Here’s Penguin Cupcakes as an activity to do with the kids. This version’s finishings made of Royal Icing via Oh For The Love.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.11.12~
Bread: Homai ki a matou aianei he taro ma matou mo tenei ra.
Photo: Peroshky & a copy of LA Weekly, Little Russia, Hollywood California.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.11.12~
Guess what? Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Southern Alps of New Zealand,
two of our favorite people in the world, with Kiwi connections
Annabel Langbein and Sam Neill, had early dinner.
Overseas in London, Sam has taken to growing his own Oscars in a Kiwi vineyard, and virtually giving the goodness away from New Zealand. He has scooped up a few nods and an award for his trouble.
News today says: Sam’s red the toast of London:
Actor Sam Neill is used to plaudits for his acting, but now his red wine is getting high praise. The Kiwi movie star’s flagship Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2010 won an outstanding gold medal at this week’s International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.
The well humored humble Sam says, “At Two Paddocks we never enter our wine into competitions, so it was with astonishment that I received news that we’d won gold.”
The gold medal was one of four awarded to Otago vineyards, including Neill’s neighbours Valli Gibbston Vineyard, which was awarded the coveted Bouchard Finlayson trophy for the top pinot noir. New Zealand won 323 medals compared to 304 last year.–Lynley Bilby has more.
There is nothing more powerful than ideas whose time has come, filmed on landscapes that are resources rich. ImagiNATIVE writers are the world's first architects of a future new world and new frontier.
–The way of global film sales marketing patterns observed over a few years now.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
–Winston Churchill as a writer, storyteller, peace maker and boozy warrior leader.
Developing a sustainable film industry in New Zealand really comes down to investing in New Zealand writers more and fostering relationships with the world’s best screenwriters too. It is vital that New Zealand encourages writers, as writers become the billionaires after all the effort has gone into producing successful film franchises. We need some Maori billionaires in New Zealand. Maybe some could write their way into the history books invisaging a cinematic light to project the new way.
We must write films from New Zealand, as if we don’t other people’s written ideas of the South Pacific, will be written about our territory. So, it makes sense to always be writing our own version of the world and attaching our definitions and meanings of landscape of the South Pacific to our own words and ideas in our films. We can write futuristic films, yet the messages in them attached to our landscapes have a resonance all over the world for the good.
We have the locations and enough filmmaking capability now in New Zealand. We just need better scripts, film franchise ideas created in New Zealand and a belief in fast tracking screen-writers to a global level of writing ability. Film crews travel (actors included) to where whoever has the best ideas - to collaborate on – film projects of significance.
New Zealand is soon to become that place even more so, then we have been already on some major film projects.
So what kinds of writers could happen in New Zealand? As a precursor to Mitt Romney‘s rise in politics as a star figure for the US, novelist Stephenie Meyer was a Mormon housewife of Arizona, who mimicked the UK’s JK Rowlings star template as a novelist.
Meyer’s story as a humble writer is one of a stand out success for relativiely new billionaires. Meyer’s novel ideas, even created a brand new studio to make her novels into films. It was then aquired by Lionsgate to import a strong youth audience following into Lionsgate’s entertainment brand.
The young actors cast in Meyer’s films now lead California’s box office (Kristen Stewart being one). JK of course, mimicked Brit authors like C.S Lewis and JRR Tolkien to find her own voice as a single parent writer. Magic was JK’s theme of children learning at school. Meyer’s was a voice of fantasy, romance, angst – youth under threat. Meyer’s creative literary bent, was a huge hit.
What this tells us: Perhaps we need to invest in single parents and-or Kiwi housewives more. (more…)
PANDORO PANETTERIA FOCCACIA BREAD, WITH PANCETTA HAM & EGMONT MAINLAND CHEESE – A SIMPLE, CHEAP FARM PICNIC LUNCH FOR THE GRANDKIDS
Pandoro Panetteria makes amazing focaccia bread from an old Italian recipe. A loaf of the white stuff, coupled with Egmont mainland shredded cheese, you get a simple farmer’s snack. Served with pancetta ham, and a pear fruit as a palate cleanser, even better.
If you don’t have Pandoro bread in your hood, for a good foccacia recipe that saves money and won’t destroy your teenager’s child’s future wallet, go here.
It’s the simple things in life to keep an eye on and be thankful for that make lunch a right pleasure on a peaceful farm each day. For the family picnic, these ingredients will ensure zero waste while keeping the grandkids happy as well. Reducing wastage has to be the world’s new family look.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
It’s Rosh Hashana time. Los Angeles Times has compiled a line up of recipes this year. More so than normal. I hope the Jews of LA are feeling secure this year.
A suggestion: Maybe the Orthodox lads are able to wear mufti this year to Rosh Hashana festive celebrations?
The recipes 2012 are:
Always incredibly symbolic verging on superstitious-max, it is always quite interesting to read the symbolism embedded in the Rosh Hashana dishes each year. Here’s a quick recap as Jewish-friendly trivia, from a nation like New Zealand that is Jewish tolerant and friendly at the time of writing. Faye & Yakur Levy convey their latest recipes with symbolism attached.
Pommes & Potatoes on the menu: Most families will begin Sunday night’s holiday dinner with apple wedges dipped in honey to symbolize the hope for a sweet New Year. (more…)
DELIVERING THE RURAL MAIL – KEEPING UP WITH RACHEL HUNTER & WILMA SCHIAMANSKI’S HIGH TECH AWARD WINNING DAIRY FARMING WAYS
It’s a long standing Kiwi tradition to deliver the mail.
The simple pleasure of checking the farm letter box is the most exciting event in rural communities. I remember it being that way growing up in my teens on a farm.
To this day, TV that I love watching is Rural Delivery. It’s a TV series featuring stories about New Zealand people who are the unsung heroes of our City populous mindsets. In Rural Delivery I tune in to the faces of people just like us, whose earth romance daily, shows a connectedness to landscape and place that I appreciate, admire and respect. Well mannered people living sun up to sun down as a rule.
On this week’s show: Find out how pine trees in Nelson are being used to create high-tech, architecturally designed buildings that can better withstand earthquakes.
What I learned from last week’s show: The Young Farmers Club have grown their club numbers by 20% during the 2005-12 farming calendar. That’s awesome. Mentoring programs have been established, with new field trips in key areas of agricultural growth teaching skills younger to equip youth showing interest in farming earlier.
What I was thinking: How can the Young Farmers Club help young Maori learn about farming? How can the YFC integrate with Iwi programs to impart knowledge, grow the club in a culturally aware way of New Zealand, showing a good lead for NZ’s bright future in this manner? How can Iwi Development work with the YFC’s Club for win-win partnerships in the upcoming years through cool cross-pollination of ideas, resources co-management and dreaming big as one?
When my mind walks down that country road of thinking, I could spend an entire day, exploring the new frontier of the Aotearoa prairies on that one. However, I don’t want to get too excited about the bright possibilities too much. Iwi and Farmers must do this as one themselves. In future years, delivering the rural mail is just going to get more exciting. More scientific, yet allowing nature to be king too, the story of Aotearoa New Zealand’s stunning cast as observers of all that the land produces for us all. There’s a pretty high standard of rural post delivery traditions to uphold in NZ.
A story that reminds me of my late grandad: Schimanski Dairy Award Winners: Otorohanga farmers Don and Wilma Schimanski are the winners of the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012. The national competition looks at all aspects of a dairy farm owner’s business, in particular farm profitability. Entrants in the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012 were scored out of 70 for their financial performance, 15 for environmental care and 15 for human resources. The competition is organised by Intelact director Chris Pyke. The judges were independent – Professor Keith Woodford of Lincoln University and Emeritus Professor Colin Holmes of Massey University.
Don and Wilma Schimanski have been dairying together for 23 years, and built up their business by putting three farms together. They now milk 748 cows on 184ha. Previously Don was a bulldozing contractor. Their philosophy is to fully feed the cows, keeping them healthy and well. They pay particular attention to grazing at the three leaf stage. Good management means keeping a finger on the pulse all the time, Don says. “You can’t really stop criticizing yourself. My philosophy is to look after my managers and workers. I have been lucky there. The focus of our team is on pasture harvest, and utilizing as much pasture as possible.” The figures show the Schimanskis have higher than average pasture harvested at 13.7tDM/ha compared to the Waikato average of 12.2tDM/ha.”–More@TheGumbootDiaries.
Important too: Is Bruce Wills, National President, Federated Farmers interview on water and its relationship to farming in NZ. “It is our number one issue by far, water,” shares Bruce.
Thank you for the news.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
I ate avocados so much in California with corn chips and the most delicious salsa recipes ever, I swear I was an honorary martian of avoca-enhanced-health at one point.
Avocado’s nutritional benefits are green sunshine in a deep purple shell. Back here in the paradise Isles of New Zealand, Kiwi chefs latest offering is: The Art of Making Avocado Taste Like Tuna.–ScoopIt. Eugene Hamilton of Euro’s latest creationz kinda rock!
HealthTip: Apparently, the Guinness Book of World Records states an avocado is the most nutritionally complete fruit in the world. Avocado is all about good fats to help keep the heart healthy. Avocados are chocca with essential vitamins and minerals like iron, folate and vitamin C.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.9.12~
Ten Things To Do in Auckland City are:
1. Buy a house.–If in the market to buy read up.
2. Opera, ballet, theater, music, the arts: Check out Aotea Centre.
3. Always attend the Grey Lyn Festival. Grey Lyn, Auckland is a culturally infused Polynesian city where both British royalty and Hollywood’s 3rd top box office star for 2012 have all lived at stages of their lives.–Details to Grey Lyn Festival are at 17th November 2012.
5. Wine and dine on Ponsonby road dubbed Auckland’s Hippest Strip. Take a virtual tour here. Don’t miss pizza, vino & martini time at the famous bar & cafe SPQR. Always watch a Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club match too. It’s Auckz history to do so.
6. Go weekend shopping in the cultural melting pot zone of Avondale Sunday Market. For the best urban Pasifika apparrell as gifts to friends and family back home, check out Otara Markets too. Good tee shirt shopping as well as Pasifika peoples culture is on display during outdoor shopping.
7. Stay harbourside at the the viaduct. Wine and dine there too. Always festive fun. Complete with upmarket restaurants of the ilk of Euro and my Maori mom’s fav Soul Bar. The viaduct even has an Irish pub waterside as well.
8. Movies: If you have a car, cross the Auckland Harbour bridge to Hoyts Wairau Park Auckland, heading North. This cinema is perhaps closest to an American movie theater experience in a large Cosmopolitan City.
10. Cityscape Views: A Helicopter Tour puts you right in the bird’s eye view. To avoid traffic, while being swept up in what Auckland City has to offer, definitely go that route.
A wild beach excursion is always Piha. Wind swept natural beauty.
Auckland City is always lotsa fun to visit. Explore. Have fun. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.9.12~
In New Zealand I’m still learning me some English and learning me some math too.
Surfing PhotographicDictionary.Com, I get a lesson from the letter H and the word Half.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
Breakfast today consisted of: Two donuts with fresh cream, sprinkled with extra sugar, a steak and cheese pie and three chicken kebab skewers.
Blimey! Thanks goodness for Chinese bakers in my hood.
For a view of a more healthy Kiwi diet, check out this Tamarillo & Mascapone recipe that chef Geoff Scott from Vinnie’s restaurant Auckland City, is whipping up instead. Way better! :)
Tamarillo and Mascarpone French Toast
1/4 cup (50gr) caster sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon honey + 1 teaspoon honey (for the mascarpone cream)
1 cup mascarpone
1 teaspoon of vanilla paste, or pure vanilla extract
3 eggs lightly whisked
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon & all spice
8 thick slices of brioche
80gr butter, chopped
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Peel the tamarillos with a potato peeler, cut them in half. Place the sugar, orange zest, juice and honey in a roasting dish (more…)
Right now I’m watching a French chef, Philippe Mouchel on the Australian Master Chef TV series, make French toast served with tangelo segments and vanilla bean and caramel gelato.
Complex mise-en-plus for what is basically a fried bread recipe. .
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.8.12~
Ti Tonics celebrates entrepreneurialship with Kiwi food exports. Poutama Trust of Wellington, has big plans to launch an international Māori exports initiative. Ti Tonics is a Māori-made product from one of 18 companies that will come under the Trust’s new brand, Indigenous New Zealand. Now you too can experience what we have here in New Zealand all around the world. Way groovy! Like titanium strength superfoods brightening up the healthier lives and futures of the people of Te Ao (the world). I can see Japan really going for these. American footballers too, who do the haka before each game could dig Ti Tonics new range, as well. Hawaii and Texas, definitely!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteraoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~
Rewi Spraggon plans to expand into cafes and gas stations with the hangi pie.
[Latest NZ news updates of Te Karere, found here].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.7.12~
PUMPKIN π VOLUNTEERS FOR CHRISTCHURCH CITIZEN’S COMMUNITY FUN – CHEF RICHARD TILL, SAM JOHNSON & RICHIE McCAW’S CONCERT WITH A TWIST
Take the time to care.
Chef Richard Till, youth volunteer army advocate for Christchurch Sam Johnson and All Black captain Richie McCaw do some good for Christchurch to keep the city on momentum’s rebuild map.
Volunteer your time and then have fun is the message in an effort to promote the Volunteer Army Foundation’s new project – The Concert – which will be held at Christchurch’s new AMI Stadium in November.
TV3 news reported Sam Johnson saying: “You’ve got to do something, whether you are building the community garden, you are painting a mural or cleaning someone’s garden, you are working and for that work we are going to reward you – not with money but with a ticket to a concert with 10,000 other people who have done the same thing,” he says.
The theory behind the concert is that if 10,000 people gave four hours time each, the total amount of time accrued would be the equivalent of 1 person’s working life for twenty years.
McCaw New Zealand’s undisputed King of The Peoples Hearts as current captain of a World Cup winning rugby squad, says:
“It’s a pretty cool idea, and I think a lot of Christchurch people want to know what they can do and this encourages young people to get out and help out,” he says.
Christchurch people love a concert. What a good idea. Go Canterbury!
Ali Pugh & Melissa Stokes broadcasted the story of taking the time to care.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.7.12~
Bromhead does his Kramer Vs Kramer cartoon art commentary today down in New Zealand with his cartoon titled: A More Interesting Split.
The diversions of US In Kiwiland over a cuppa of Chanui Pure Ceylon tea.
[... Far more fun than Kiwi families contemplating whether to get out of the house and go get their own damn sovereign breadmakers at the local Ware-Whare store!]. A homemade Weta Wheat Bread recipe is due about now from those myriads of reality TV Master Chefs - to show Kiwis how to make their own German bread to go with their cuppa too. :)
Love the cartoon.
[This photo: The Sunbeam Bakehouse Breadmaker - Noel Leeming's souped-up breadmaker version, NZ].
What this means: After Maori get water rights sorted with blindie, shall we start growing wheat in the South for the USA and other countries that get parched in summer? That’s so Bill Clinton down in Queeenstown, after Monica-gate back in the naughty presidents golfing club yarn-around-the-greens days.
Wheat n’ Wheels. [I think NZ and Iwi-Kiwis can more than do a big ag project for "Africa"peeps on our own!].
As this is not a Turners & Growers German distributed idea (at this stage), it could quite possibly be a Ngai Tahu and other Iwis distributed model - if the dry goods produce are to be “China” bound, here’s that look for baby pandas and Aussie friends afar off – growing up on Canterbury plains good grains and our shared Iwi-Kiwi wai ora in the future.
[grains, hops, beer, wines - Project Generation Joseph Store House Economies for the longer view].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.7.12~
In the kitchen, Red Velvet Cupcakes are always going to be a crowd pleaser. As raspberry ones are probably an upgrade, here’s a story about that.
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In case you thought that New Zealand had got a bit white and uptight, you may have been correct. (I know I certainly did on the humor front!). At such times, it felt like Maori and Pacific Island Kiwis were all in varying degrees of total lock down. At times, the only ‘normal’ white people, were the ones on TV. That’s scary. When I shared the ‘lock down’ feeling, people tried to refute that, saying I was in “blog mode,” but no - we were in lock down. The people refuting me were in brainwash whitewash jailer mode, but I was too polite to say that, before now.
Now that elections have rolled on by, excuses of security fears at large sports events with Russian-managed security in new stadiums have passed, we welcomed new Brit and Irish residents warmly, record numbers of Maori left the country, and record numbers of brown teen suicides occurred, more brown babies were lost to bungled midwives deliveries, a smugly-spun ‘value’ rhetoric in politics created a chasm of ‘white flight’ in some NZ schools, inequality and unemployment for New Zelands Maori and PI communities spiked dramatically, culturally aware Brown Mayors got their cities temporarily taken over by government in strategic cities, lighting up a cigarette became a worse offense than turning a blind eye to poverty’s increase, brown children never got enough nutrition in their daily diets, a militancy of pride arose in some white people, to share anything fairly with their Maori bretheren - oh… and the nation’s assets have sold in principle to allow foreign investors to invest, I guess the shackles are coming off us brownies again…
All of those thoughts spring to mind, when you laugh with someone who was once a comedic TV chef.
Yes! Lenny Henry rolled into town from the UK to bogan out and make Kiwis laugh more again, with his show, Cradle To Rave.
Matai Rangi Smith (of the Paki Up show) and Delaney Mes had Lenny showing off his chef’s skills in the nation’s kitchen on the Good Morning show.
In a local version of the razzie awards filmed like food pawn on America’s Food Network, UK’s reigning funny was tres funny, with a frosting piping bag in tow. Word has it, Henry’s CTR show is a bit of a brit hit in NZ.
He says: “”When I go to America, sometimes they don’t understand at all. When I go to America, there seems to be a bigger chasm. We are cultures linked by a vaguely similar language, but New Zealanders seem to get me, which is brilliant – it means I can play.” Right!
How to break Lenny into the USA: He should front his own vodka line for grown ups, with a series of the funniest TVC’s the USA has ever seen. Perhaps a Kiwi can design a niche vodka line for Lenny from New Zealand potatoes, with a hint of Elvis notes, for grown ups – and help write his TVC’s too. Product, set to comedy sells big in the US.
[Thanks for the laughs!]
[A Fairfax Photo]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.6.12~
The Latest: Asian Americans are now the USA’s fastest-growing racial group on the legal immigration front, overtaking Latinos in recent years as the largest stream of new immigrants arriving annually in the United States. Asian Americans are also the country’s best educated and highest-income racial or ethnic group, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Maldives & Male) and Southeast Asia, are arguably the most highly educated immigrant group in U.S. history, the study shows. Photo: Itsuo Inouye - AP Photo - June 18, 2012.
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~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.6.12~
SECURE FISH OIL TRADE TALKS SOUTH PACIFIC – HOW NEW ZEALAND & THE USA CAN HELP PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS MAKE ECONOMIC CAVIAR
To learn why America, China, Europe, Asian Nations are obsessed with Omega 3 fish oil, and also why Russia hearts caviar from fish too, click on the can above, to learn more about the world’s love and obsession for rich fish oil sources and suppplies.
New Zealand & USA - How working together in the future can be economically healthy.
So in regards to the USA’s aspirations within Asia-Pacific in years to come, New Zealand’s Murray McCulley has been hanging out in the US, talking to a few peeps including US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Here’s some ways that Aotearoa New Zealand may work with the Islands Nations of the South Pacific and also the USA, for win-win fair and just partnerships for all people listed below.
Sharing perspectives is a start to working closer together. Maori academic Materoa Dodd once wrote about the need for “cultural match” to be found in trading partners negotiations and relationships in order for them to be properous and on even footing in strong relationships of equality. What New Zealand, Pacific Island Nations and also the USA must do is find the cultural match, in navigating strong relationships forward.
The Wellington Declaration is a start to relationship between New Zealand and the USA. Afghanistan, the Middle East, North Africa are areas where both nations can work in. Asian regional economic planning in locating, creating, fostering, supplying, building robust, useful and wise trade markets with respect to the sovereignty and uniqueness of the cultures exchanging products is the preferred path ahead.
Unsurprisngly, USA’s National Security Council, the Congress, the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security all fancy a stronger relationship with Aotearoa New Zealand.
Mr McCulley notes NZ as a South Pacific country “has a heritage deeply rooted in Europe. Our values and principles are strongly focused around the rule of law, human rights [sic] and a commitment to democratic [sic] institutions are deeply imbedded in European tradition.” Our system of law is in part based on the Treaty of Waitangi and also the Westminster legal system, initially. Our case law also provides insights the UK too could now learn from. International Treaties (if just) also guide our law’s navigation when useful and observing the sovereignty of New Zealand citizens and our Island neighbors cultures, rights and economic interests – with the view to protect the peoples of our territories from exploitative attitudes or predatory behaviors that can stunt economic potential and development of nations in the South Pacific peoples too.
Common interests of trade and security unite us as potential friends. Other aspects though, are completely defined by our geographical difference in the world. Economic prospects of New Zealand and Island nations of the South Pacific are now intertwined with our rapidly growing trading partners of Asian countries. An increasing involvement and responsibility for stable sustainability of the Pacific unites our diverse perspectives. Opportunity and responsibility thus rest on New Zealand’s shoulders at this time in history. (more…)