Roasting Summer

I don’t have a sweet tooth, I don’t crave cakes or cookies. In saying this, after dinner I often feel like I need a little something else. This generally comes in the form of a cup of tea and piece of dark chocolate, but has taken a new turn with all the stone fruit we have in our fridge.

Roasted peaches are easy. You put them in the oven and then magically come out sweet, gooey and a bit like thick jam half an hour later. They are perfect to have with natural yoghurt or vanilla ice cream, and when you sprinkle some goodies on top, they are one delightful pudding.

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Roast Peaches

1 peach per person, white or yellow fleshed

On each, a sprinkling of
-coconut flakes
-vanilla seeds
-steel ground oats
-roughly chopped almonds
-honey/brown sugar

Simply cut the peaches in half, remove the stone and sprinkle with a combination of coconut, vanilla, almonds, oats and sugar. I personally don’t add the sugar as I think the peaches are sweet enough without it, but it is entirely up to you and your tastes. These are kind of like mini peach crumbles and if you have any left over, they are delicious cold as a snack.

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The Danger of a Single Story

Last year I taught Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s debut novel Purple Hibiscus to my Year 12 English class. This was initially met with resistance. There were words in Igbo, they didn’t understand what they meant, it didn’t have a sequel, it wasn’t set in a dystopian wasteland, I hadn’t taught a lot of them before and they wanted to push my limits. I asked them how many had read a book that wasn’t written by a white person before. I was met with shocked and silent stares, and only a couple of students put up their hands. I tried to explain the importance of reading a whole range of authors, of genres, of stories. It is in doing this we can move beyond a chiched understanding of the world, and begin to understand what is is really like to walk in someone else’s shoes. I decided I was not doing this idea justice. Who am I, a white middle classed woman, to tell a class of Samoan, Tongan, Maori, Croatian, Indian and Pakeha students this? So we watched this. It is amazing.

So when my friend Grace asked me if I wanted to go and see Adichie in conversation with David Eggers, I almost melted with excitement. I get to see her talk for real! I will let you know how she is. Amazing, no doubt.

If you want to read anything by her, she has written Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah. And yes, she is the one that is sampled on that Beyonce song.

Enjoy.