From garden, to table, to royalty
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 7:00p.m.
Yesterday, as part of her New Zealand visit, the Duchess of Cornwall ate some carrot cake, and afterwards the school that made it for her tweeted her a picture of it. It looked delicious, and indeed Clarence House tweeted back to say that it was.
But while we know Camilla enjoyed the cake, what we possibly don't know is the school where she ate it not only baked the cake, it also grew the carrots in a magnificent garden on its own grounds.
It’s not some stately private school, but a decile-one state school, among the power pylons of Auckland’s East Tamaki. Something special is happening there, because people who can are choosing to make a difference.
KidsCan are in there, and so too are Garden to Table – a programme aimed at getting kids growing their own food.
Church groups and charitable foundations are also involved, all embodying the proverb "it takes a village to raise a child".
We went back there today, to see the school who made a cake for a Duchess.
Watch the video for the full report.
EAST TAMAKI SCHOOL CARROT CAKE RECIPE
Sourced and adapted from Gretta Anna Recipes by Gretta Anna Teplitzky, Australia
Ingredients for cake
Ingredients for cream cheese icing
Method for making cake
1. Preheat the oven at 175°C.
2. Drain the juice from the can of crushed pineapple.
3. In a large bowl sieve the plain flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together. Mix in the sugar
4. Add the eggs and oil.
5. Mix very well.
6. Stir in the grated carrots, crushed pineapple and walnuts.
7. Pour the mixture into a greased cake tin.
8. Bake in a moderate oven 175°C for 35 to 40 minutes.
9. Remove the cake from the cake tin and cool on a cake rack.
Method for making cream cheese icing
1. Place all the ingredients into a medium size bowl and beat very well with a spatula. If too thick, add a small amount of milk to give a smooth consistency.
2. Smooth a layer of topping over the cake and decorate with chopped walnuts or edible flowers.
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10/12/2012 8:53:37 p.m.
I have just watched this fabulous video again in between watching tonight's show on milk in schools (along with the driving dogs!) Thank you John and your team for highlighting local solutions to child poverty and hunger in New Zealand. Keep on 'banging on' about it please until the government takes steps to ensure all children have the same healthy start in life and all parents have enough money to feed and house their families.
15/11/2012 8:12:56 a.m.
I am finding John’s reference to “decile 1” increasingly annoying. It sounds condescending. What are the rest of the kids in NZ doing? Planning their art trips to Vienna? Every primary school student should be learning about growing vegetables, cooking and eating healthy foods. Small complaint? Not, perhaps, to the children who attend decile 1 schools. In the bigger picture I fully support Campbell Live’s exposure of poverty in NZ. Keep up the good work. Keep telling us about the “no show even if it’s good news” politicians. Keep asking the hard questions. Sincere thanks for your passion.
14/11/2012 12:56:35 a.m.
Vegetable Frittata,Salad & Strawberries How awesome is that! feeding themselves at school from their own garden, now thats something i'd be happy to see my education dollar spent on... a bloody great garden in every school, their old dead swimming pools are ideal too as one of our locals has, and theres your feeding kids in schools program taken care of for the price of some seed.
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