Friday, 22 December 2017

Bonus Activity: Special Meals

Back in the 1800s, most Māori ate a simple diet. They ate foods that they could catch in the water (eg. fish) or grow on the land (eg. kumara). They did not have access to a supermarket to buy food for their meals! Speaking of meals, what is your favourite meal? Mine is wood-fired pizza. Yum!

On your blog, post a picture of your favourite meal. Be sure to tell us what it is and why it is your favourite. You could also include the recipe if you have it so that we can all try it!


  • 1kg Quality Mark beef mince
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups Campbell’s Real Stock - Beef
  • 1 cup red or white wine (or use stock)
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 anchovies, very finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 400g packet of lasagne sheets
  • Cheese Sauce

    • 100g butter
    • ½ cup flour
    • 3 ½ cups milk, warmed
    • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated plus extra for topping
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. Kia ora Hilary,

    It is great to see that you have been such an active participant in the Summer Learning Journey programme already this year. Wow! You've posted so many great activities on your site. I know that Billy has really enjoyed reading your posts. I particularly like this post as it reminds me of growing up in Canada at Christmas time. Our family always had lasagna every year for Christmas dinner. We loved it! Even though I now live in New Zealand I still miss having my lasagna at Christmas...

    Does your family have any special traditions or meals at Christmas time?

    I hope that you have a wonderful time together over the break. We'll look forward to reading more of your posts when you have time to hop back online and share them with us!

    All the best for a really happy holiday and a great new year,
    Rachel :)

    1. Kia Ora rachel,
      thank you for visting my blog also thank you for that gret comment
      on christmas we always get our whole family together then we go to places then church then we all go back together home and open up our presents and play game also we have a big feast and that is what my family does for christmas.i hope you had an amazing christmas and new years Rachel .

    2. sorry i spelled great wrong

    3. Hi Hilary,

      Thank you so much for your message. I did have a great Christmas! This year we had a big barbecue and all cooked and ate together. It was so much fun!

      What are you and your family doing over the summer holidays? Have you had any trips to the beach? It was so hot last night that our family went to the local beach after work for a swim. It was so nice to get into the cold water and out of the hot weather!

      Bye for now,

      Rachel :)