KJ: Do you have a favourite recipe from the book?
Natalie: This would have to be cheesecakes, it is something that I always LOVED to share with Gran, and she loved to bake with me!
KJ: Did your Gran get to see her book before she passed away?
Natalie: Yes the book released in NZ in Feb of 2009 and she passed away in March 2009.
KJ: What did she think?
Natalie: Gran loved to see her recipe's compiled into one book although she had so many more. She also wondered what the fuss was all about as for her these recipe's were just part of her daily life and nothing 'extra special' - she did however enjoy some competition and as the book climbed the top 10 on the best sellers book here in NZ she loved to hear where it was standing each week, right up until the night before she passed away this was part of our conversation.
KJ: What is your happiest memory of being in your Gran’s kitchen?
Natalie: Being together with friends and family, the smells and of course the eating! It was a place where everyone congregated - centre point of the home really.
KJ: Which recipe do you make that takes you back to your Gran’s kitchen?
Natalie: Probably Party Cheese Scones - always made for a special morning tea for a birthday etc or Peanut Brownies - these were always on the go in Gran's Kitchen as she would always give a batch away in a tin for your birthday. Dulcie never forgot your birthday even at the age of 95 she was the first on the phone to celebrate the day with you and remind you that your Peanut Brownies were waiting. She had many friends and family so this recipe was a well worn looking one!Thank you Natalie. Here are some of my first makes:
ANZAC Biscuits With permission from Hardie Grant Books - thank you!
1 cup flour
1 cup Sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 lb (115g) butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon boiling water
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Melt the butter and golden syrup, then add baking soda dissolved in water. Mix wet into dry ingredients.
Spoon onto greased oven tray and bake at 320 oF (160 oC) for 15 minutes.