Sorry again everyone for the late Wrap Up!
I think the “when it rains, it pours” saying is the motto of my life at the mo! Having moved down to Dunedin a couple of days after the last round, I wrestled for weeks with getting the uncooperative internet to work with my ancient laptop, started in the second year of medicine…we then get the terrible news that my grandma had a stroke and then passed away so back up it is to Auckland for a funeral last weekend…whew! My heartfelt thank you to everyone of you for all your lovely messages and emails lately – I’m hanging in there, trying to keep positive and just taking each day at a time. Am working on replying to everyone’s lovely emails and comments so sorry for the late reply, I’ll be in touch soon!
Anyways, the wait is over…finally here it is: The Kiwi Round Wrap Up!
First and foremost I need to give a MASSIVE thank you to Sandra of Kiwi Cakes who very generously donated a huge box of goodies to distribute to bakers and also a cute cupcake stand for the North Shore Hospice. Thank you so much Sandra, the Hospice was so stoked to have a cupcake stand to display the lovely cupcakes the bakers make and the bakers who just so happened to be at the drop off sites when I arrived all loved their wee treats.
As always, we had beautiful, clever and funky baking, with great wee Kiwi stories that went along with them.
Wendy’s Orange Cake is a recipe her family really associate with New Zealand as fresh citrus was such a novelty when they first moved here.
Lolly cake is an old kiwi favourite and made a strong appreance this round. Other kiwi favs included choccy fish, Anzac bikkies, afghans, jaffas, rum balls and lots of muffins. And some brave bakers defied the hot muggy day and made beautiful pavolvas!
It was also awesome to see recipes from some of NZ’s most celebrated cooking icons: Alison Holst, Alison Gofton’s Food in a Minute and the good old Edmonds cookbook.
We had a beautiful pavlova and some cupcakes (which had already been stored away so I couldn’t take any photos of them sorry!) which was dropped off at the hospice and they lost track of who dropped off what so pretty please flick me an email if that was you 🙂
So all in all a totally amazing turnout for our very Kiwi Kiwi Round – mahi pai everyone and thank you so much for your delicious and creative creations! The Hospice is always so amazed at the high calibre of baking we have every single round so thank you so much oh talented bakers!
Thanks again to you wonderful drop off site ladies who are so accomodating and lovely to deal with and I am so grateful for all your time and patience for the last two years.
Now for the next round, Round 15, we are going to push the date back a little if that is ok with everyone to Sunday 1 May 2011. I’ll have to think up a theme for the next round so if you have any ideas or suggestions please leave a comment or send me an email. Thank you you all so much for bearing with me as I work out the best way to run Baking for Hospice from my new southern base 🙂 Can’t wait to see and catch up with you all in May!