Village produces cookbook

Elaine Flashman (right) won the village competition to pick the cookbook’s title, “Tried and True”. Another resident suggested,
“A taste of Real Living”; The book includes recipes from other countries such as Beigli, the Hungarian Christmas cake. Photos supplied

Pakuranga Park Village boasts talented cooks and bakers who have been putting their recipes to the test for years.

Pakuranga Park’s new cookbook, designed to showcase these talents and amazing recipes, is the project of Kirsten Bell and Chris Bull, the new activities coordinators at the village. They started their new roles at the beginning of August and when lockdown hit a couple of weeks later, it became the perfect opportunity to develop their idea.

Village manager Christian Pulley is very proud of Pakuranga Park’s new cookbook, knowing that it could be a perfect Christmas present for the residents and their families.

The cookbook provided some meaningful entertainment for the residents during the Level 4 lockdown and it allowed them to meet lots of people and settle down in their new role.

Kirsten and Chris asked the residents to suggest a title for the cookbook and the winner was Elaine Flashman with “Tried and True”.

Elaine is also the author of one of the cookbook’s recipes, the salmon scrolls for the perfect summer platter.

Kirsten and Chris organised a bake-off day where the residents cooked their recipes for the book’s photoshoot. All the meals were then “tried and true” to make sure they were as delicious as they looked.

The book has more than 50 recipes and is on sale for $20.