Central Leader : December 10th 2010
4 CENTRAL LEADER, DECEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS (Old Silver Bell) D H Supermarket 83 Dominion Rd Mt Eden Open 8:45am-7:00pm Ph: 630 2900 Specials until 16/12/10 or while stocks last Fruits - Veges - Meat/Fish - Groceries Tomatoes 99c kg bag Bananas $1.59 kg Lettuce 99c ea Avocado 99c3inbag Telecucumbers 2 for$3 Cherry $7.99 kg Spinach 69c bag Strawberries 2 for $3 chip Broccoli 99c ea Red Grape $2.99 kg Soy Bean Oil 2L $5.99 Size 7 Eggs $4.99 Chicken Whole Leg $5.99 kg Beef Mince $5.99 kg 3341815AA Tr ay 3341815AB Seedless Experts give tips on making a perfect pav Some of New Zealand's top foodies are offering up advice on how to make the perfect pavlova this festive season. This comes just in time for a competition being run by Nosh Mt Eden, which is encouraging people to come up with a Christmas-themed pavlova. Former food editor of the Auckland Star, New Zealand Woman's Weekly and Home Journal Tui Flower says when making a pav it's important to know your oven and how it behaves because every oven is different. Making sure all the equip- ment is clean and dry, using quality ingredients and suit- able flavours are her other top tips. New Zealand Guild of Food Writers president Lauraine Jacobs says the secret to a real marshmallow- centred pavlova is in the beating. The mixture must be stiff and satiny, helped by a pinch of cornflour and a teaspoonful of malt vinegar, and long slow beating with an electric beater.'' She says a true pavlova should be topped with either strawberries or passionfruit, and whipped cream. Annabelle White, who's an author, radio and television cook and Sunday Star Times food detective, says it's easier to separate eggs when cold but beat them at room tem- perature. She says her favourite recipe calls for vinegar, hot water and no cornflour and her favourite topping is passionfruit and ber- ries. To enter the Nosh pavlova competition email pavlova@ noshfoodmarket.com and wait for a confirmation. Judging takes place between 8am and 10am at Nosh Mt Eden, 422 Dominion Rd on December 13. Reminding you of your grandmother By HANNAH SPYKSMA Amused: Yvette Parsons plays lovable yet eccentric character Irene McMunn, in the one-woman show she wrote in recognition of a disappearing generation of Kiwi women. Painting elderly women's toenails and singing Christ- mas carols in retirement villages was just part of grow- ing up for a Westmere thespian. Yvette Parson's parents ran a rest home and her childhood experiences living there have been instrumental in shaping her work as an actress and playwright. I really love old people,'' says Ms Parsons, who has recently started writing her own theatre pieces. Now mid-career, the actress is taking her one- woman show about an eccen- tric old lady to the stage. Silent Night debuts at Musgrove Theatre on Monday, and draws upon Ms Parson's experiences living at the rest home and growing up with older influences. I remember being babysat when I was young, and just watching the sitter, who was slightly older than my mum, get ready for a show. I just have a strong memory of her mannerisms.'' From that memory came the germination of the idea behind Silent Night. The play follows elderly woman Irene McMunn preparing for guests to arrive at her house for lunch on Christmas Day. While waiting, she turns out wacky decorative ideas, festive cooking techniques, and reminisces about past courtships and days gone by. She also amuses with tales about her special powers and a search to find missing cat Monty. Ms Parsons says thegen- eration of post-World War Two characters are slowly being forgotten in the national psyche. Because of this, she wanted to write a play where the pro- tagonist and lead character would be of an older gener- ation. When I was growing up, these were the type of ladies who would be sitting at bus stops -- but they're sort of dis- appearing now. However she's certainly an iconic New Zealander who many people can relate to,'' says Ms Parson, imitating the warbling and slightly high pitched voice of Irene McMunn. This ability to play on the language and mannerisms of yesteryear was one of the drawcards for director Steven Papps. Yvette writes in a very truthful way, and has very good details -- she's able to bring to life the experiences of her past and of these characters.'' He picked the play up a few years ago after it was selected as a final draft by Auckland Theatre Company. It has since been tweaked by Mr Papps and Ms Parsons, and performed in lounge rooms across Westmere and Ponsonby. I can't help it though, I have to perform it on stage now,'' says Ms Parsons, who does temping work to support her theatre lifestyle. The show hasn't received any funding, so the duo behind Silent Night are hoping their quirky character and simple, compact and innovative show'' will be enough to win audiences over and boost ticket sales. I want people to be entertained, and lots of people comment the show makes them think about their grandmother,'' says Ms Parsons. But I guess I'll leave it to the audience to decide what they think.'' Silent Night is showing at Musgrove Theatre from December 13 to 18, bookings can be arranged through Maidment Theatre -- www. maidment.auckland.ac.nz or 308-2383.
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