Greg makes fried scones for breakfast if he gets the chance. The recipe comes via his Scottish nan Peggy. They are disgusting.
...and don't forget the bins!
The bins! My Grandma's kitchen opposite Crichton Cobbers had a fine 1920s kitchen until the late 90s: bins, swishing sliding doors, a monster 50s fridge with no shelf space, and an original terrazzo grey stone-chip bench with ever-increasing canyons in the chip. The bench gave my hospital-matron mother nightmares about its food poisoning potential.
These memories of ancestral tucker are great. Especially Robyn's dinner -- a typical menu for that generation. Certain rellies are near 90 and still eat near identical meals. Each day of the week has its unvarying menu. An offer of zucchini from our garden last year was met with suspicion: "What are they?" "Courgettes sorry." Followed by an enunciated: "No thank you. We don't eat THAT sort of thing." It was evident that my poisoning attempt had been noted and seen off.
One of my sons has significantly reduced hearing. This year, going to a new school, he decided to study NZ Sign Language. Then he thought to take it as an NCEA subject, assuming that -- like another official New Zealand language, Maori -- t would be an approved course.
He discovered that Sign Language is not an NCEA subject.
So, one of the three official NZ languages is no longer deemed important or worthy enough to be an NCEA subject. Appalling.
This from the NZQA website:
"As part of the normal review cycle NQS scheduled a review of unit standards in the domain New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). During the scoping and consultation for this review, it was identified that the standards:
·have had little or no recent use (6 reported results for 3 standards in 2005, no reported results in 2006-2008, and 12 reported results for 2 standards in 2009)
·do not align with the learning languages objectives of The New Zealand Curriculum
·do not align with teaching and learning guides for NZSL.
"Although NZSL is an official language of New Zealand it was difficult to justify keeping the unit standards for the reasons above. Therefore, NQS planned to designate the standards as expiring and to exit from standard setting responsibility for New Zealand Sign Language domain.
"In accordance with NZQA's obligations under the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006, the Chief Executive consulted with accredited providers and organisations with interest in NZSL on the proposed expiry and no objections were received."
An official language of NZ, essential for some people to communicate with, doesn't align with the NZ curriculum! Change the curriculum I suggest.
His dream kitchen wasn't what we'd build today. It was small and quite dark, although the ceiling was high. In place of a table there was a diner-style booth. Proper meals were had in the living room next door.
That conjures up an evocative mental picture. Were the walls T+G or hardboard with half-round edging the joins?
I pretty much aspire to Elizabeth David's ideal simple kitchen --here she explains: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/elizabeth-davids-dream-kitchen-625982.html
A picture: http://lukehoney.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ef13a4f8834019aff8ec1ae970b-pi
Boiled underpants puh-lease.
Great family tale Russell. Though I'm pleased I have never come across that garlic sauce, especially strained through underpants.
I am very envious of a brick-based glasshouse.
...understanding where my sons are at. They’re not broken, they’re just living in a world that doesn’t work like they do.
What do you need to know?
So this happened.
Thanks for finding it Jackson! I guess you either get it or you don't. I do.