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Jan. 25th, 2006

We've just come back from housegroup and I've said we'll do a New Zealand table for the International Supper our church is having in a couple of weeks time. So all suggestions of food we could serve, ways to decorate the table and clothes to wear would be very welcome, especially if they are inexpensive and easy!!


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Jan. 26th, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
Ooh, so many ideas. How about a green and blue tablecloth, for the paua effect, or woven mats. Or a Pasifika type tapa cloth.
Shells or feathers or little flax kits.
Or a beach look, with a rope twined here and there, paua shells (or pictures of them), dry grasses, smooth river stones, that sort of look!
Little grasses and feathers tied together, with shells or stones and flaxy type ties.
A taiaha or a mere somewhere there.

What sort of food - finger food or display food or a meal?
Meringues in paua shell colours!
Pavlova! With kiwifruit! And paua shell coloured sprinkles!
Pikelets. With sprinkles again LOL! Or jam and cream.
Neenish tarts (my absolute favourite) OMG I love them
Sausage rolls *g*
Savoury eggs.
Or a rack of lamb!
Or brandy snaps. Afghans with cornflakes.

Wear All Black clothes. Or Canterbury. Or dress as Maori *giggle*
Jan. 26th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
The food is for a meal for about 10 to 12 people, there will be other tables from other countries too, and people are free to move from table to table sampling as they go!
I was thinking of roast lamb, with roast kumara and pumpkin which people aren't very familiar with here, I'd like to have nz yams too, but I don't think I can get them here. Definitely pavlova with kiwi fruit, I was thinking either afghans or Anzac biscuits, I'm trying to think of something savoury and vegetarian because one of the ladies in our group is a vegetarian. Any ideas?
Neenish tarts are yummy but I don't know how to make them, do you have a recipe?
We have a giant New Zealand Flag which I thought I might hang from the table, but I like the idea of either a beach or river look, I've got some paua shells which I brought with me and we have a wooden mere and a couple of kits. I don't have a blue or green table cloth but I could probably buy or borrow one. I would like to get the idea of the koru and the fern in there some how too, not sure how!
I knew you would have heaps of ideas, thanks for sharing, you've given me lots to think about! :)
Jan. 26th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I forgot about Anzac biscuits. Did you take an Edmonds book back with you? That has great Neenish tarts with the lemon filling, which I think is the nicest. If you don't have that recipe, I'll copy it for you later.
Roast pumpkin is great. You can sprinkle it with a bit of cinnamon. English people sometimes don't eat pumpkin, huh.
If you can get yams, roast them with honey and ginger, that's so nice!
Savoury and vegetarian? How about little kumara cakes? Like potato patties but with kumara.
Or you quickly boil whole zucchini then split them lengthwise and grill them with parmesan. That's yummy!
Omg And I just ate dinner!
You could wind green coated craft wire into koru shapes, and make little serviette rings...
Jan. 26th, 2006 09:55 am (UTC)
Both pumpkins and kumara are in the shops here, but they're called squashes and sweet potato, but they're not that popular here and having them as roast vegetables seems to be a novel idea.
I'd love to be able to do a hangi, but I haven't got a pit or baskets or stones so I think that would be too ambitious.
Perhaps we should try and find a buzzy bee for the table or insist that every one wears gumboots to the event, just as soon as we've convinced them that they're not called wellies! Definitely black shirts I reckon. Serviettes in paua shell colours, I wish I was shopping for this in NZ there would be so much better choice of things...
Jan. 27th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
there were disposable tablecloths for sale in Somerfield, Bebington which were totally green on one and blue with bright yellow and white daisys on another. I didn't buy them because they might not have been right colours for you, but thought I would let you know. The idea for a church supper is a good one.
Jan. 27th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: tablecloths
Thanks for the information I'll pop to the Bebington shops and check them out, I think the supper will be good fun, you'd be welcome to come if you're interested, probably not good on the weight losing front mind you!!
Jan. 27th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: tablecloths
Thanks for saying I'd be welcome, but I don't think it would feel right going for a good eat when I don't even bother joining them for a good sermon. I still get along best with God in an empty church, but I am sure others will have a good time. It really sounds like a good idea for a supper. So how does the timing fit in with your birthday party? Are you going to be busy all at once?
I heard another good idea for a party the other day. The host prepares an oven full of baked potatoes and the guests bring along lots of different fillings for the spuds. Sounds like an idea for a bonfire type party.
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