Archive for June, 2014
I can’t believe that June is about to finish! When I was little I felt that time was slow…never ending weeks…months…waiting for holidays…putting up with school. Now, I am not so little and time is RUSHING by me like lightning, like a shooting star. My good trick to make time slow down is to sit by my desk and to contact little Saffron or any other character that I might be working on.
Last night Saffron called me. She was cooking with her mum. She was making a bruschetta. She was so excited. She said that bruschetta is so delicious. She told me that It’s this toasted bread with amazing Italian things on top. But it’s nothing like ordinary toast. Compared to bruschetta, ordinary toast is the most boring food in the entire world!
So here is Saffron’s bruschetta recipe:
What you must do first:
- Wash your hands
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (ask an adult to help with this)
What you need is:
- loaf of bread (1 of these): Mum says her favourite bread for bruschetta is sourdough
- big onion (1 of these too)
- salt and pepper
- butter (4 teaspoons of this)
- serrano ham (lots of this!)
- tomato (you only need one)
- oregano (oregano is a delicious herb. 2 tablespoons of this)
- mozzarella cheese (you need 24 slices)
- grated cheese (about a quarter of a cup)
- adult (one of these, to be your very excellent kitchen assistant)
This is how I make it:
IMPORTANT NOTE: For the next steps you need an adult to help for safety reasons. Even if you are totally excellent at cooking.
Melt the butter (I do this in the microwave for 30 seconds)
- Cut the tomato into slices and set aside
- Cut the bread into slices. Paint them with the melted butter and put them in the oven
- Cut the onion in thin slices and cook them in a pan with the leftover melted butter
- When the bread is golden brown take it out of the oven
IMPORTANT NOTE: For the next steps you can tell an adult to simply watch you and take lots of photos.
- Turn the bread upside down so that the golden brown side is facing down
- On each slice put:
o a layer of onions
o a little bit of salt and paper
o a slice of tomato
o a sprinkle of oregano
o a layer of ham
o 2 slices of mozzarella cheese
o a sprinkle of grated cheese
IMPORTANT NOTE: You need an adult to stop taking photos and watching you now. Get them to help you again!
Put the bruschetta back in a hot oven until the cheese is golden brown. In my oven this takes exactly eight and a half minutes.
Presto and enjoy!!!!! (If the adult has behaved well, then it would be nice of you to share some of the bruschetta. But only if they have been very good!!!!!)
This photo came with the recipe.
Are you looking for a great read? Try the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – what a bunch of brilliant books.
Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book wins the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year is all about the award-winners.
The full list of winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is:
New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category: Prizes: $7,500 for the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and $7,500 for Best Picture Book The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (Penguin Group (NZ), Puffin)
Best Non-Fiction: Prize $7,500: The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Random House New Zealand)
Junior Fiction: Prize $7,500: Dunger by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)
Best Young Adult Fiction: Prize $7,500: Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (Gecko Press)
Best First Book: Prize $2,000: A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman (Harper Collins Publishers (NZ), HarperVoyager)
Children’s Choice: Prize $2,000: The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Scholastic New Zealand)
Honour award: Prize $500: Bugs by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers)
Māori Language award: Prize $1,000 (announced on 8 April) Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page (Tania&Martin)
— Booksellers NZ (@BooksellersNZ) June 23, 2014
Our own wonderful librarian Zac Harding – you might know him from this very blog – was a judge, along with Ant Sang and Barbara Else.
The winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are announced in just one week, at the awards ceremony in Auckland on Monday 23 June. There are some fantastic finalist books this year that we highly recommend. Some of them will take you to new, exciting places, and some of them are set in our own backyard. You can learn how to create a piece of wearable art or how to hunt and stew up a possum.
We want to know who you think will win. We’ve got some copies of the junior fiction finalists to give away and a couple of Subway vouchers. Just enter your winning book in the form below, along with your name and we’ll draw 5 winners next week. Competition closes Friday 20 June (Canterbury residents only).
This competition has now closed. Thanks to those who entered.
I know that boys are different to girls but I prefer not to generalize. I personally bit the head off my sister’s Barbie and had a farm set. So not all girls like pink and are sweet and not all boys are trouble and like noise! Regardless of what your personality is like there are eBooks and downloadable audiobooks to suit all tastes on OverDrive. I have added some images of new OverDrive titles for you below – lines of eBooks aimed at girls, lines aimed at boys and then lines for those who feel neither blue nor pink! See if you can pick which line belongs to whom!