A delicious spring recipe from BBC Good Food ...
1. Puree first 5 ingredients in blender until smooth. With machine running, gradually add vegetable oil, then olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
1. Cook asparagus in large skillet of boiling salted water until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer asparagus to 13x9x2-inch pan of ice water to cool. Drain asparagus and pat dry. DO AHEAD Can be made 8 hours ahead. Wrap in paper towels, then plastic, and chill.
2. Place potatoes in large saucepan. Add enough water to cover potatoes by 1 inch. Sprinkle with salt. Bring to boil and cook until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on size of potatoes. Drain; let cool 5 minutes. Place in medium bowl. Add 1/4 cup vinaigrette; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Heat olive oil in small skillet over medium-high heat. Add capers and fry until capers are crisp and open like flowers, stirring often, 45 to 60 seconds. Using slotted spoon, transfer capers to paper towels to drain. DO AHEAD Potatoes and capers can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
4. Place asparagus in large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons vinaigrette and toss to coat. Toss potatoes again to coat, adding 1 more tablespoon vinaigrette if dry. Place greens and radishes in another large bowl. Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat. Spread greens and radishes over large platter. Arrange potatoes, asparagus, eggs, and tuna atop greens. Drizzle vinaigrette over tuna. Sprinkle fried capers and chive blossoms.
5. To serve, turn on the grill, and toast 4-8 slices French bread. Ladle the soup into heatproof bowls.
6. Put a slice or two of toast on top of the bowls of soup, and pile on 140g finely grated gruyère cheese. Grill until melted. Alternatively, you can complete the toasts under the grill, then serve them on top.
MTF Finance Silverdale has some handy tips to help you reduce the chance of costly repairs, use your fuel efficiently, and keep your motor running smoothly.
Look after your car
Keeping your car in good working order can help you to avoid unnecessary repair bills and save money at the pump!
Service your car regularly
Give your engine a lot of love. Service the car regularly, at least every year, and make sure the engine is receiving tune-ups to keep it running at its optimum. Don’t give that niggly rattling sound time to turn into something major.
If your car windscreen or body receives a small nick or bump, make sure it is seen to before it can develop into rust or an unsightly crack, these can prove to be costly. Here’s a tip, check if windscreen replacement is included in your insurance policy.
Check and change your engine oil
Check your engine oil level once a month. If you are unsure how to do this, ask your local Silverdale mechanic for a demo.
If you find that your oil is running a little low, give it a top up with oil that is best suited to your car. Your information manual or your trusted mechanic will be able to guide you. Oil that reduces friction will keep all the moving parts within the engine lubricated, decreasing wear and tear over time. It is best to avoid overfilling the engine.
You can ask your mechanic or consult your manual for recommendations on how often you need to get the oil changed, which generally varies between every 15,000 to 30,000km.
Check the liquid in your engine’s cooling system and top it up if necessary. You might want to include anti-freeze in the mixture. This will give your engine protection from frost damage in winter and overheating in the warmer months.
Check your tyre pressure regularly to make sure it is at the correct level, in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. This can help reduce fuel consumption. If you are thinking of going on a big road trip, don’t give this a second thought.
Make sure you get your wheels alignment/balancing checked out and corrected every six months or 10,000 km, whichever you reach first. This will be a good time to make sure your tyre tread is sufficient to keep you and your family safe.
Keep your car clean
Wash your car regularly. This will remove any potentially corrosive materials from the body such as bird droppings, tar, grime, tree sap, and other dirt. Not to mention it will make it shine! Finishing off with a coat of wax will create a protective barrier.
Before you drive
Reduce your car’s weight and cut drag
The lighter your car, the less fuel it will consume. Removing clutter from your vehicle not only makes driving more efficient, but more pleasant for you and your passengers.
If you have a roof rack or bike holder that you are currently not using, take this off. This will reduce drag and make fuel use more economical.
Fill your fuel tank to the first 'click' only
Overfilling the fuel tank is wasteful, harmful to the environment, and costly leading to spillage, or loss through the overflow pipe.
Make sure that your fuel cap fits properly too – it prevents fuel from evaporating during the warmer months of the year.
Drive to improve fuel efficiency
By changing some of your driving habits, you can reduce fuel consumption and increase your savings.
Ease off the accelerator
Avoid rapidly accelerating and braking. Speeding up only to quickly slow down again causes more fuel to be used over time.
Try to keep your speed consistent. Smooth acceleration and deceleration is the key to avoiding unnecessary fuel consumption.
At traffic lights, start slowing early and let your car roll to a natural stop.
More fuel is used when accelerating to higher speeds, so it pays to stick to the speed limit. This also reduces your chances of getting a speeding ticket – or paying an even higher price.
Drive in the right gear
Ensure that you aren’t making your engine work harder than it needs to. Drive in the right gear to conserve fuel.
Reduce idle time, and stop-start journeys
While waiting at a traffic light may be unavoidable, idling wastes fuel. Even a 30-second reduction in car idling time can have a big impact on fuel consumption.
Repeated braking and accelerating are also no good for fuel efficiency. If possible, avoid driving during peak traffic hours when there’s likely to be more drivers on the road.
Use air conditioning sparingly
As tempting as it may be on a hot day to blast the air conditioning – and keep it running, chilling your car’s air can increase fuel consumption and increase your running costs. Instead, consider circulating internal air. You’ll still feel the cooling effect from the air’s movement.
Opening your windows can result in increased drag and use more fuel.
Seek out the best fuel price
It may seem obvious, but comparing prices between nearby service stations is the most direct way of saving on fuel costs.
Use a service like Gaspy to find the cheapest fuel in your area.
Hold onto your supermarket receipts too. They’ll often have fuel discounts, which can add up to some considerable savings over time.
Savings outside the car
What else can you do to further reduce costs?
Shop around for a better insurance deal
While a good insurance policy ensures you’re covered if the unexpected happens, it’s worth checking that you’re not paying for any unwanted extras.
Use insurance comparison sites to make sure you are getting the best deal to suit you and your lifestyle. But remember, some insurers don’t include their products on these sites, so you may need to check their sites separately.
Talk to your insurer about the possibility of combining policies to receive discounts, for example house, contents and car.
Get a car loan suited to your budget
If you’re looking at getting a new car or want to refinance your current one, make sure you contact MTF Finance Silverdale today. One of our friendly local specialists will work with you on a loan suited to your needs. Ph: 09 421 0335
Spring is here! Here are ELEVEN powerful health and fitness tips we've learned at Club Physical that will help you to 'spring into summer'!!
1. Set a 12 week GOAL. Write it down where you will see it daily
2. Share your goals with a positive supportive friend who would love to achieve similar results!
3. Exercise, move, do something towards this goal DAILY
4. Go to bed early enough to get an eight hour sleep
5. Have at least TWO weight workouts weekly (need only be 30 minutes if you're pressed for time)
6. Get your heart-rate into the TRAINING ZONE (60% of max) a minimum of four times weekly
7. Have up to six small meals throughout the day (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, light supper....not too close to bedtime)
8. Avoid complex carbohydrates (otherwise known as sugar/junk food)
9. Eat plenty of salads, fruit, grain, lean protein, brown rice
10. Read, listen to, or watch positive, upbeat messages to reinforce your determination to enjoy happiness, overcome your fears and to achieve your goals
11. If you would like extra encouragement, hire a Personal Trainer and/or join in with others in daily GROUPX classes!
When you have achieved your goal CELEBRATE and reset!
Club Physical Coast, 719 Whangaparaoa Road
Ph: 09 869 2596 - firstname.lastname@example.org - clubphysical.co.nz
For thousands of years funerals have been a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of someone we love. As you enter into the planning process, you may find it helpful to remind yourself why we have funerals.
The funeral ceremony:
The remembering, deciding, and reflecting that take place in the lanning of the service are often an important part of the process of grief and mourning. And ultimately, this process of contemplation and discovery creates a memorable and moving funeral experience for all who attend.
(Extract from Alan D Wolfelt, Ph.D. brochure “Why We Have Had Funerals Since the Beginning of Time”)
For more information, please contact us on 09 426 7950, to make a time to come and talk with one of the funeral directors.
Forrest Funeral Services
39 Riverside Road Orewa
Phone: 09 426 7950 E: email@example.com
Featuring: Sara Mason, Community Activator Future Whangaparaoa Trust and Whangaparaoa Community Hub Manager
We asked Sara what were some of the qualities she felt she brought to her role.
“I’m a natural networker, I love helping and connecting people and being around others that are striving to make a positive difference in the community. I have worked in roles supporting the community for many years and this role is a great fit for me. I’m also mum to three kids (17, 13 and 11).”
When asked about who the Trust is and the motivation behind it Sara told us Future Whangaparaoa Trust was established by a group of community members who wanted to work together to see positive outcomes for the community. Their vision is for a strong, safe and supported Whangaparaoa Peninsula community, one which is violence free and well connected, cares about health and well-being, values and supports young people, supports local business and innovation, and values and cares for our beaches, streams and bush.
The Trust established the Whangaparaoa Wellbeing Network, to connect community organisations, social services and other community supports like the Police and schools.
From the early meetings a need for a community space was identified as a key priority for Whangaparaoa. A working group formed, made up of The Family Centre Trust, Future Whangaparaoa Trust and several social service providers. The decision was made to trial a pop-up hub in a leased premise, and for it to be a collaborative space including community organisations, social services, local business and the individual residents.
With funding support from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, Future Whangaparaoa Trust were able to contract someone in the role of Community Activator, and that’s me. I assisted with the set-up of the hub and manage its’ day-to-day running. My role also includes coordinating the Whangaparaoa Wellbeing Network, supporting local organisations, fostering collaborations and delivering community events.
We asked Sara what she found most rewarding about what she does.
“I get to see the good that people are doing and connect with people who are very committed to helping and supporting our community. I know the work I do is adding value, and I feel very fortunate to have a role I enjoy so much”.
Sara tells us “The Hub is a thriving community asset and has potential to be much greater. The focus is now on the establishment of a permanent purpose-built hub for Whangaparaoa. This is no small task and a lot of funding needs to be found, but such an exciting and worthwhile project to be part of.”
Sara is also looking forward to delivering the Future Whangaparaoa Trust signature event “A Very Coastie Christmas” for a second year. This year the family friendly Christmas celebration will be held at Manly Park on Sunday 8 December. The event will include live music and entertainment, free activities, food trucks and a wonderful artisan market.
Sara said “This event is about bringing people together and fostering closer community connections. It’s a lot of work, requiring support and buy-in from a range of individuals and organisations, and creative thinking when it comes to resourcing, but it’s so rewarding helping to bring some fun and connection to our community.”
You will find the Whangaparaoa Community Hub at 8/707 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay (by Stables Sports Bar). Anyone is welcome to drop in and say hi during opening hours of 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesday to Thursday, or if you are seeking a service you can find full details the the website at whangaparapa.info and through the Whangaparaoa Community Hub Facebook page or contact Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For local business owners you can also join Business Whangaparaoa, the new business association for the Peninsula developed from the Trust. Come along the third Wednesday of each month between 10 am to 2 pm for Co-working and to say hi or see details at businesswhangaparaoa.info.
The Hibiscus Coast Writers Club is a fun group of writers who share ideas, participate in workshops and hear interesting speakers who meet the second Saturday of each month at Whangaparaoa Library and include monthly workshops and up to six internal competitions each year.
The following is the winning poem by Marissa Oakley Browne in the Writers Club May 2019 competition.
© 2019, By Marissa Oakley Browne
Ode to my stuff
Stuff – I’ve got mountains of you/ I’ll need a mausoleum/ A palace/ A space coffin for you/ You cram my hallway and my history/ Fill me to the ends of my cuticles, my cubicles, my cupboards and shelves / You’re dense like dark matter/ You surround me like space junk / and I don’t know what to do with you anymore/ should I send out robots to collect you, compress you, recycle you/ You fill holes in the earth, the ego, the emptiness with your unrepairable plastic cadmium corpses/ You make me fashionable, phoneable, home-ownable, some might say stoneable and if I’m famous, droneable/ Your beryllium, mercury, pvc and flame retardants leave a residue on my conscience/ You give me status, style, respect and your vapid uselessness haunts me when you’re spent/ You’re a lover I crave and reject/ I could be buried under you/ bury me
My dear, sweet Stuff…You’re a book I treasured as a child/ the journal of a half-remembered trip/ my favourite towel to sink into/ a clumsy kiss/ a failed exam/ a successful pregnancy/ a harrowing miscarriage/ I gave birth in you/ overpacked you /read you/ carried you/ stored you/ displayed you/ got sick of you/ bled over you/ felt sad in you/ got drunk with you/ you made me glamorous/ you came to my twenty-first/ to three different weddings/ I took you to Europe, Japan, Australia/ I got you from dad or Paul or mum or why did they give me the venetian wine glasses Grandma never liked instead of a thimble from her collection?/ You’re not just my stuff/ you’re everybody’s stuff/ burying us/
God Stuff! You’re a moron!/ An oxymoron of love and hate!/ An ex I need and spurn/ Why do I worship you, queue for you, adore you, save for you, go into debt for you?/ Too much of you is suffocating, overwhelming, paralyzing/ you generate hubris/ promise to be salubrious/ lead to self-satisfaction and self-loathing/ Once I kick you /stow you/ throw you/ take you to the op shop/ give you to friends/ downsize you/ resize you/ behold you/ fold you/ sort you/ cull you/ grieve you/ regift you/ hang on to you/ arrange you/ systematise you/ remember our good times, our bad times/ grow out of you/ tear you up/ compost you/ dream they eliminate you/ redesign you/ clean you/ green you/ reduce you to pocket-sized/ digitise you/ share you in a neighbourhood pool of stuff/ once all that happens, I’m reluctant to buy more of you/ I want to stuff with the economy of stuff/ forgot a coffin/ bury me naked
We asked Julie to tell us a little about herself and what is her driver. She told us she is passionate about sharing hope, having the opportunity to help others to master and recognise the greatness each of us hold within. Julie would love to inspire others around the importance of self-love and when we have it in us we can share it with others
Julie is the founder of Love Soup, a Food Rescue Charity that Provides Meals Sundays 5pm at Whangaparaoa Hall. They also collect and deliver food to organisations helping people in need.
When asked about what motivated her to start Love Soup, Julie replied “It was memories from when I was 5 years old, looking through rubbish bins for food, from experiencing life on the streets at 16 and seeing food waste in the hospitality industry at 18 years old. It was these life experiences that helped to lead me onto the pathway I am on today.”
When asked about what she found most rewarding about what she does Julie told us it’s the friendships formed and the happiness from giving service. It’s the sharing hope, seeing the smiles on peoples faces and knowing you are making a difference in people's lives.
There are always frustrations however in any venture and Julie told us for them funding is always a challenge. Being overloaded with responsibility Love Soup have their struggles as the work is long and hard. So much goes on behind the scenes. For herself some of the struggles and frustrations are around just learning to say no and not taking on too much and finding balance and making time to rest when needed
Julie blames the mania for being Bi-polar. She has learned to channel it for a good purpose. Julie describes herself “like the kite flying without the string. If anyone needs to catch up you need to fly or run very fast too! I have learned to become more balanced over the years and I’m getting better to work with!”
When asked what Julie would like to see promoted for Love Soup she advised encouraging more businesses to get involved in Food Rescue, or even donations of goods that can be passed on to help benefit people in need, rather than sending to the dump.
Love Soup deliver to around 25 organisations a week, provide free Sunday weekly community meals catering enough to feed 100. Love Soup welcome anyone to attend, no questions asked, just come along and visit. Julie tells us alot of the meals are provided with food that has been rescued and cooked by an amazing Chef. Love Soup also collaborate with St John Catholic Church Serving Spoons that do a Lunch in Orewa once a month.
At Christmas Love Soup organise a Large Community dinner and last year gave out over 1000 gifts to over 200 guests and 55 parcels to families around the Hibiscus Coast.
Love Soup are based at Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Road. Someone always checks in daily. If you have anything to donate, you can contact Julie and Love Soup via their Love Soup Hibiscus Coast Facebook Page, Website: www.llovesoup.org.nz, Email - email@example.com or Ph: 022 074 9526
Mentioned in this article is also Serving Spoons. This service also offers free lunches to anyone who would like to join them at St John’s Catholic Church at the church hall, 180 Centreway Road, Orewa, on the last Monday of every month, at 12.30pm.
We love the Hibiscus Coast, the beaches, the community feel and the wide variety of things to do and places to go and this isn't diminishing as the Coast grows, although we are finding there are rather too many sets of traffic lights than the old days!