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  • Jackie Clark,

    I love holidays like the one you've just had, Hilary. I hope you feel well rested. We live in a lucky country in a lot of ways, don't we?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I should just add on the downside - a lot of the good things in NZ are not accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Just a couple of steps, an entrance too narrow, a path too rough, a blocked doorway - that's all it takes to create a barrier, and that's not fair.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I did wonder if Tiso was a contrived contraction of my favourite dessert.. :)

    You know, even now that I've been unmasked... I really want to know what this dessert is. I can't work it out.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    tiramisu......yummmmm

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Yes Jackie. We did feel lucky (most of the time). But you could also sense we were on the edge of something. There were lots of property for sale notices and mortgagee sales, especially in some of those new beach subdivisions with ugly Auckland sized houses on bare sections. And although most of the little towns looked thriving (unlike the last time I went through there in the 90s) there were some closing down sales and newly newly closed businesses.
    I also felt that the days of touring around NZ by car might be numbered.
    And the environment needs protecting to stay looking so nice. Lots of land clearing for dairying and unfenced waterways through cow paddocks in evidence. And many signs warning of toxic algal bloom, or not collecting shellfish and not spreading didymo.
    And why is all that corn being grown in fields labelled with its patent number?
    On the other hand some towns had resource recovery centres instead of town dumps and had good recycling practices. The tourists were the problem. But NZ needs the tourists.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    tiramisu - if made with real coffee & genuine ladyfingers...I used to (in my travelling days) test a restaurant for *desserts only* by tiramisu/zabglione/black forest cherry cake -which are the only desserts I like, obtainable from a restaurant (my mother makes brillant ones, but aue! she isnt cloned, yet.)

    Odd, that two of them are from John Anecdote (or whatever his name is)'s country-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    tiramisu......yummmmm

    Ah! I see. But isn't it a bit of a stretch? I might as well say Sacha reminds me of sachertorte.

    mmmmhhh, sachertorte... damn!

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    genuine ladyfingers

    Oh, my mother is very particular in her definition of those. Not only from a particular tiny town in her ancestral land, but from a particular bakery. We used to buy them in huge boxes of about - I don't know, perhaps 500 hundred biscuits each? When she was a girl she devised a lovely variant on tiramisu in the shape of a flower (you cut the ladyfingers diagonally after they've been soaked, then you piece them back together matching thin end with thin end so that each pair of halves forms the shape of a petal - very ingenious).

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    When I was in 6/7th form we had a German exchange student come to live with us for a year. Her mother kept sending her recipes for desserts to make for us and tiramisu became one of her specialties. due to a partner with an egg allergy I haven't had it in years though.

    She also made an amazing cinnamon and brandy ice-cream which was utterly delicious and also semi-lethal. I wonder if we still have the recipe for that?

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    mmmmhhh, sachertorte

    It has been done before. In my defense, never post when hungry - everything sounds like food.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Can I recommend the Italian brand of tiramisu that Kapiti cheeses imports for some supermarkets.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Can I recommend the Italian brand of tiramisu that Kapiti cheeses imports for some supermarkets.

    Huh, I don't know, mascarpone doesn't travel very well, does it?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I should just add on the downside - a lot of the good things in NZ are not accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Just a couple of steps, an entrance too narrow, a path too rough, a blocked doorway - that's all it takes to create a barrier, and that's not fair.

    These don't come cheap, but to have one on hand...

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Hooray for mothers Giovanni!

    And waua! steven crawford! I have a disabled family member who is about to start fundraising!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I should just add on the downside - a lot of the good things in NZ are not accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Just a couple of steps, an entrance too narrow, a path too rough, a blocked doorway - that's all it takes to create a barrier, and that's not fair.

    People in general, and for the most part, only think about people who use wheelchairs when they are forced to, by law, don't they? And when they do have to think about people in wheelchairs, it can be quite tokenistic. I will never forget a colleague at teachers' training college who used a wheelchair. She had to give the course up because practicums were just too hard for her. I always thought that it was incredible that in early childhood education - where we were and are alll supposedly so "PC" - nobody thought about making it easier for this young woman.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Great idea Steven. But not sure that it would fit into the car boot with the luggage and wheelchair. And what about the hoist for getting on and off it?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    mascarpone doesn't travel very well, does it?

    It seemed to do just fine in this case. Yum.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Great idea Steven

    I reckon a bit of DIY barrier removal is a great idea.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    only think about people who use wheelchairs when they are forced to

    And only think about wheelchairs when they hear the word "disabled".

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Not about this conversation, I should add, just a general observation.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    It seemed to do just fine in this case. Yum.

    I was referring to its tendency to become lethal. Are you sure it's not some sort of ersatz cream?

    (I'm asking primarily because I love using the word "ersatz").

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    One small cheer on the current topic: to the Big Day Out organisers for finally installing a proper viewing platform for people in wheelchairs. As I noted in my BDO wrap-up, it helped a 16 year-old with cerebral palsy have one of the days of her life.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Yes that was good to hear Russell. Especially considering Neil Young's links with CP. I just hope the parking and transport facilities were as good.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Another welcome development: the overdue installation of a platform for wheelchair users at the foot of the East stand. Among those enjoying it on the day was Erin, a 16 year-old with cerebral palsy who keeps a blog.

    Yes, good on the organisers - and thanks for linking to Erin's blog.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Are you sure it's not some sort of ersatz cream?

    Oh I recall it being totally genuine - as you'd expect from any product Kapiti decided to be involved with. Can't remember the Italian brand name and Kapiti don't seem to have a website.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

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