With wedding season drawing to a close I find myself looking ahead to the coming months with anticipation. Catering for Auckland University field trips has become a big part of my year, and takes me to all sorts of interesting locations. From the YHA perched at the end of the Whangaparoa Peninsula, to the off the grid, solar powered education camp in the Kauaeranga Valley, the picturesque Kokako Camp beside the magestic Hunua Falls, the quirky Shorebird centre in Miranda, all the way down to the isolated Pureora Forest Park. . . I can't pick a favourite but I feel so lucky every time I find myself in the middle of no-where, cooking delicious (healthy) kai for an awesome bunch of young, appreciative uni students.
Last year one highlight was the Pureora Camp, where we stayed for 5 days, and where murder was afoot!! The students decided to play a game where everyone is given the name of someone they have to kill (catch them alone and verbally murder them) and the game progresses till only one person is left standing. I had a delightful time drawing students into the chiller under the pretext of helping me carry something heavy, only to ruthlessly murder them once inside. Sadly, the tables were turned and I too was murdered in the chiller, amongst the lettuces, on day two. A fitting end, I thought.
What I love so much about catering is the variety of jobs and people I cater for. No two days are alike and I never tire of walking into my kitchen, donning my cap and apron, rolling up my sleeves and turning ingredients into delicious and nourishing food. It's my gift, and I am delighted when asked to share.
Have a fabulous week!