web analytics

Weekend social 05/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, December 5th, 2014 - 25 comments
Categories: weekend social - Tags:

Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

25 comments on “Weekend social 05/12/2014”

  1. ianmac 2

    In my tiny garden I have gooseberry bushes and blackcurrants. Good plant growth but only one gooseberry (one!) and less than a cup full of blackcurrants. What is happening to us? Healthy plants but little fruit.

    • tc 2.1

      Perhaps the season as where we are spring was a shocker, cold/wet and the tomatoes as one example seem unmoved for a month now.

      Only watered twice in a month and one local said it’s the first time in memory they’ve had the fire going right through november.

      • Rosie 2.1.1

        Ker – razy but we’ve had the fire on at times in November and even now in December. It would normally be all over and done with in September – October, with the fireplace cleaned out and the fire tools put back in the garage, but no, we’ve had to buy in some top up firewood.

        Then there was that bizarre warm winter. 2014 said to be the hottest on record…..

    • Rosie 2.2

      Have they fruited well in previous years? Could it be a soil deficiency?

      • ianmac 2.2.1

        Good fruit previous years Rosie.. Plants blooming healthy looking. We did have mild winter in spite of those many late tiny frosts even as late as last week. (Blenheim.) Maybe black currants and gooseberries need a long cold winter like apricots. Next year maybe.

        • Rosie 2.2.1.1

          Odd.

          My green thumbed friend in Canterbury grows everything, including blackcurrants (and elderberries, yum) and said none her crops have done so well this spring as it’s been so dry down there. Theres already algae growing out on the dried out parts of the river bed. (Imagine the state of it when the Canterbury Plains water scheme is fully up and running, there will be no water left)

          Good luck for next year!

    • lprent 2.3

      Ummm I should ask my parents how their verdant berry patch (draped with anti winged filcher netting) has been going this year.

      • phillip ure 2.3.1

        ‘verdant’ is one of those words that is not used anywhere near often enough…by enough people..

        ..it’s one of those words that make you glad you speak/understand english..

        • mac1 2.3.1.1

          Then, phillip rue, you would love the song “Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms” written by Thomas Moore.

          A line goes “And around thy dear ruin each beat of my heart, Entwines itself verdantly still.”

          Written to his beloved who had contracted small pox, the reference to the ‘dear ruin’ is to her face which makes a great song even more poignant.

    • mac1 2.4

      I went out, ianmac, as a fellow Blenheimite and checked my gooseberry bush. One berry as well and the black currants slightly better. The grapes are good though and so is the boysenberry, and the tomatoes and runner beans are flowering well. The September asparagus was early and prolific, though now the hops are slow. Those higher than average winds didn’t help as my kumera struggled to survive wind damage and desiccation. The farmer across the Omaka is struggling to get his hay dry for baling and the river itself is dropping which is somewhat contradictory.

      • ianmac 2.4.1

        Strange Mac1. There may only be a climate effect on blackcurrants and gooseberries? Rest is normal. Next year perhaps.

  2. Belladonna 3

    These baked olives, a glass of wine and Marian Montgomery singing Close your Eyes on tube – my idea of bliss.
    Baked Olives.
    2c Kalamata olives 2 tablesp. fresh majoram or 1 tsp dried oregano
    1/2c dry red or white wine
    3T olive oil 1 tablesp. chpd parsley
    3 garlic cloves, 1 sliced, 2 coarsely chpd freshly milled pepper
    1 bay leaf small pinch of chilli flakes
    Oven 375F Rinse olives and put in baking dish in single layer. Add wine, half of the oil, the sliced garlic and bay leaf. Cover and bake until they’re fragrant and swollen, about 45 mins.
    Meanwhile pound chopped garlic in mortar with marjoram, parsley and a few grinds of pepper. When olives come out of the oven, poke each one with a fork or tip of a knife then stir in the garlic-herb paste, the remaining oil and the chilli flakes.
    Best if left several hours to allow flavours to develop.

  3. Rosie 4

    Phillip Ure or Belladonna – do you have any decent lentil based burger pattie recipes? I’m after one that that can handle BBQing and doesn’t fall apart. I’m asking you both because I need an egg free recipe, and that’s up your alley 🙂

    • @ rosie..

      ..how about black beans instead of lentils..or substitute..?

      ..Black Bean “Burgers” Recipe..”

      ..These aren’t so much burger substitutes as delicious lightly Southwest-feeling black bean sandwiches.

      The patties get nicely crisped on the outside –

      – but remain finger-licking soft on the inside..”

      (cont..)

      http://whoar.co.nz/2013/black-bean-burgers-recipe/

      • Rosie 4.1.1

        Duelling pattie recipes!

        I do like the sound of that one phillip, it’s super easy and I do like a black bean. I use black beans in a refried version, on top of polenta which I bake in the oven and serve with guacamole. Corn and black bean with plenty of smokey spice is grand.

  4. Belladonna 5

    I havent made these Rosie, not really a burger fan but trust the author of the cookbook these come from so sure they will be good.
    Lentil Patties for Burgers.
    2c cooked brown lentils, mashed well
    1c cooked brown rice
    2 onions, finely chpd
    1 large grated carrot
    2c wholemeal bread crumbs
    1/2c flour
    2T soy sauce
    2t curry pdr
    1t veggie salt
    1/4t gr pepper
    Mix all ingred together very well and roll firmly into balls. Press flat into patties on baking paper covered trays. Bake 150c for 30 mins. Freeze well.
    These should hold together well from ingreds. used I think. You could use mixed herbs, tom paste etc in place of curry powder if you wish. The fact they freeze well would be a bonus IMO for summer barbecues.

    • Rosie 5.1

      Must be on a food theme, as I posted my request and then your olive recipe popped up!

      Thanks for the above recipe, thats kind of you to write it all out. Yes, I would substitute herbs in place of the curry powder. I have plenty of herbs growing that would be suitable for this recipe. I might make fresh breadcrumbs too.
      Cheers 🙂

  5. Belladonna 6

    Think she would have meant fresh breadcrumbs Rosie. Sage and thyme would be good herbs to use I think. You could maybe do a trial batch just in case we get a long summer, can always hope!

  6. vto 7

    sharifa asma
    blue moon
    albertine
    madame alfrede carriere

    mmmmmmm…………………….

    lush in the quiet peace and dappled sunlight of a deep green hidden garden

  7. Ant 8

    If there’s one place I find hard to handle,
    Its the dreary wee town of Dunsandel.
    In turn I admire
    Nearby Rakaia
    To whom Dunsandel can’t hold a candle.

  8. Belladonna 9

    Funny little ditty. All I can remember of Dunsandel is I think there was a second hand shop there and not a lot else but Rakaia isnt a lot better, all salmon fishing I think.
    Oamaru and Geraldine are more interesting. Fleur Sullivan’s restaurant at Moeraki is great but the last few times I went there I was vegetarian, am vegan now so dont know if she would cater for my food choices. Wonderful location though.

    • vto 9.1

      whizzing through little small town
      by means of fast car filled with clown

      its impossible to know what settlements are
      by peering out through window of car

      but spend time meandering in old back street
      learning of past and current mean feat

      and breathing old garden beside new abode
      if you open them eyes and see the code

      you will find a wee town, with nary a peek,
      as urbane or as rural as any may seek

      ..
      (needs some tidying around the edges sorry)

  9. Sunday afternoon tea in Hamilton to say fairwell to old friend and fellow Labour Party member Jim Holdom . Who is moving to a resthome in Auckland . He will be missed I just hope those LP people in Auckland keep him company.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Coalition Govt’s investment in Customs nets record drugs haul: 3 tonnes stopped at borders in 2019
    The Coalition Government’s investment in a strong border and disrupting transnational organised crime produced record results for stopping drugs in 2019, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The illegal drugs were seized at the New Zealand border by Customs, and overseas by Customs’ international border partners before the drugs could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Separated scenic cycleway starts
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off construction of a separated cycleway alongside Tamaki Drive. A two-way separated cycleway will be built along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension and Ngapipi Road. There will be a separate walking path alongside. Phil Twyford said giving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Earthquake-Prone Building loan scheme: eligibility criteria announced
    Owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings will have certainty about the financial support they’ll be eligible for with the release of criteria for an upcoming assistance scheme, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Travel restrictions to remain in place as coronavirus precaution
    Temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restrictions which prevent foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering New Zealand have been extended for a further 8 days. This position ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Over $1 million to help Tairāwhiti youth into employment
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme. The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years. “Both programmes work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • School attendance has to improve
    All parents and caregivers need to ensure that their children go to school unless they are sick, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said today. “The school attendance results for 2019 show, across the board, a drop in the number of students going to school regularly,” the Minister says. “Apart from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crown and Moriori sign a Deed of Settlement
    A Deed of Settlement agreeing redress for historical Treaty claims has been signed by the Crown and Moriori at Kōpinga Marae on Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori have a tradition of peace that extends back over 600 years. This settlement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Waikato Expressway driving towards completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 3400 New Zealanders treated in first year of new hepatitis C treatment
    The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which attacks the liver, proving fatal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessness
      Kaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning. “Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government steps up action to prevent homelessness
    1000 new transitional housing places delivered by end of year to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation. Introduce 25% of income payment, after 7 days, for those in emergency motel accommodation to bring in line with other forms of accommodation support. Over $70m extra to programmes that prevents those at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Important step for new financial conduct regime
    Clear requirements for ensuring customers are treated fairly by banks, insurers and other financial service providers are included in new financial conduct legislation that passed its first reading today. “The recent reviews, by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank of New Zealand, into the conduct of banks and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Applications invited for $7 million Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
    Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.   “I am delighted to open this year’s fund which has some $7 million available to support performing arts venues, galleries, museums and whare ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Law Commission appointment celebrates Māori and women
    The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu on her appointment as the next President of the Law Commission.  “Amokura Kawharu will be a standout in her new role, leading in an innovative and forward looking approach to the law reform process. She will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu Appointed Law Commission President
    Auckland University legal academic Amokura Kawharu has been appointed as the next President of the Law Commission, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.    Associate Professor Kawharu will take up her new appointment on 11 May 2020.   “I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Kawharu on her appointment,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister of Employment launches Youth Ready Employer Programme
    A programme for employers to help them engage effectively with younger employees was launched today by Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson. The Youth Ready Employer Programme contains a range of on-line templates that employers can easily access to help with employing and retaining young people in their businesses. The programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Budget 2020 date announced
    Budget 2020 will be delivered on Thursday 14 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “This year’s Budget will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also preparing the economy for the future. “Those challenges and opportunities cannot be resolved in one budget, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s tribute to former Prime Minister Mike Moore
    I move, That this House place on record its appreciation and thanks for the devoted and distinguished service to New Zealand by the late Rt Hon Michael Kenneth Moore, member of the Order of New Zealand, a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, an Honorary Member of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Northland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Northland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on our farmers and growers and additional support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police disrupt methamphetamine trade
    The Minister of Police says an operation to smash a trans national drug smuggling ring today will make a significant impact on the methamphetamine trade fuelling harm in our communities. Police have announced 10 arrests and the seizure of up to five million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs after an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts in good shape to counter global challenges
    The Government’s books are in a strong position to withstand global headwinds, with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the six months to December. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Race courses can improve safety with this year’s second round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced the second funding round of 2019/20 is open with $347,875 available for distribution. “The racing industry is integral to the economic and social fabric of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government to fund Aids research
    The Government is committing $300,000 to fund research to update behavioural information to make sure HIV and STI prevention services are targeted appropriately in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson made the announcement at today’s Big Gay Out in Auckland. “There is much talk about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work to begin on a possible new public media entity
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has announced work will begin on a business case to assess the viability of forming a new public media entity.   “The Government must ensure New Zealanders have a strong independent public media service for decades to come, which means ensuring public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government support for communities impacted by flooding
      Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare announced today that the Government will contribute $100,000 to the Southland regional Mayoral Relief Fund, to support communities impacted by the recent flooding in Southland.  Mr Henare says this week’s flooding has caused significant disruption to communities in the lower South Island.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New grants for seismic strengthening of heritage buildings
    Heritage buildings throughout New Zealand will benefit from the $1.1 million in Heritage EQUIP funding grants announced today. “These grants for seismic strengthening projects help private building owners get the advice they need to start building work or to get the work completed,” Grant Robertson says. “Timaru’s Grosvenor Hotel has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Next level results for game development industry
    A new survey has found New Zealand’s game development sector has grown beyond expectations and is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry in 2025, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says. “New Zealand’s interactive media sector grew by 42 per cent in last financial year to $203.4 million, according ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More than 70 marae online through PGF
    Te Tii, the lower marae at Waitangi, is among more than 70 marae now connected to broadband internet thanks to the Provincial Growth Fund’s marae connectivity scheme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. In February 2019, the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) allocated $21 million to connect rural towns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports West Coast connectivity
    The West Coast has had a funding injection of over $1.2 million from the Provincial Growth Fund, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced at Waitangi Day commemorations in Hokitika today.  The PGF projects announced are:  $800,000 to Development West Coast for a Grey District Regional Digital Hub ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Southland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has declared an adverse event for the Southland and Otago regions, unlocking Government support for farmers and growers. “Widespread flooding has resulted in severe disruption, with many people evacuated from their homes and many farms being affected by flood waters. It’s putting pressure on our farmers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM announces public funeral service for Mike Moore
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a funeral service for former Labour Prime Minister the Rt Hon Mike Moore, ONZ, AO. A public service will be held on Friday 14 February at 2pm at Dilworth School senior campus, 2 Erin Street, Epsom, Auckland. “The service will be a celebration of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Low unemployment shows economy in good shape
    Today’s news of low unemployment, rising wages and record numbers of Maori in work shows the economy is in good shape and that the Government is delivering better outcomes across New Zealand. “The Coalition Government has overseen a strong economy. Our investments in infrastructure, our focus on lifting wages of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha
    Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha 9.30am, 5 February 2020 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Good morning, Let us start with important acknowledgements. First, this special day, in remembrance of the 28th Maori Battalion, is also to honour all those men and women who have risked their lives in the service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Support for crayfish industry after disruptions
    The government has agreed to help crayfish exporters to minimise the impact of trade disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China. Between 150 and 180 tonnes of live rock lobster are currently held in New Zealand in pots and tanks, at sea and on land, after export orders were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Rural Communities Minister visits Southland flooding response
    Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor is travelling to Southland today. The region is in a state of local emergency following widespread flooding. “I’m heading down there to support response and recovery efforts and meet with the locals”, he said. “A lot of people have been evacuated from their homes, have suffered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori armed forces honoured at new Waitangi museum
    Te Rau Aroha, a new museum at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, acknowledges the duty and sacrifice of Māori who served in New Zealand’s armed forces, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The museum, whose construction was funded by the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), was officially opened today at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Recognising more of New Zealand’s Top Scholars
    More top-performing students can now be recognised with one of New Zealand’s most prestigious secondary school awards, in changes announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins today. “Changes to New Zealand Scholarship awards will allow more young people to be acknowledged for their significant academic achievements,” Chris Hipkins said. “Up to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s 2020 Waitangi speech
    E nga iwi e pae nei ki runga o Waitangi Karanga mai, mihi mai. Nga aitua o te tau kua hipa, koutou e Ta Hek, e Pita, e Piri, e Mike, Koutou Katoa, Harae atu ra. Tenei te Whakarongo atu nei ki nga kupu korero. Kei aku rangatira e hui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Diplomatic Corps
    ***Check against delivery*** Tēnā koutou katoa. Acknowledgements to the many Heads of Mission gathered this evening. It is good to see so many nations represented here to share in this 180th commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Welcome, especially to those for whom this is your first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Waitangi Whaikōrero 2020
    It was on these very grounds in February 1940, 100 years on from the signing of Te Tiriti, that Sir Āpirana Ngata gave a call for participation He spoke of the “price of citizenship” for Māori as the 28th Māori Battalion prepared to go to war just 3 months later. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago