Cookin’ with Tamahere


Lurking in Tamahere kitchen cupboards may be a 25-year-old or so Tamahere School cookbook.

A new Tamahere School cookbook is in the making.
A new Tamahere School cookbook is in the making.

If so, it’s time to consider an upgrade and a new generation of school parents are up for the job.

The Tamahere School Cookbook Committee is embarking on the exciting task of creating a cookbook for the current era and is inviting recipe contributions from the community.

“All profits raised will go towards our new school pool,” says Angie Millar of the organising committee.

Tamahere families, students, and teachers as well as local chefs, cafes, caterers, and celebrities are being asked for their favourite family recipes.

“We are basing the cookbook around family favourites – simple and easy, tried and tested recipes that everyone raves about, recipes that have been cooked many times and have pleased family and friends,” Millar says.

“We ask that all families supply at least one recipe, and up to three per family.”

Recipe Categories: breakfast, smoothies/juices, healthy snacks, soups, salads, weekday family meals, nibbles, entertaining, kids’ parties, Dad’s Army, baking, and desserts.

Recipes need to be submitted via an online form here on a dedicated website, TamahereCooks, by Friday, September 11.

UPDATE: The finished cookbook, Divine Eats, is now on sale. To buy visit here.

Tamahere Forum would be interested to know if anyone still has a copy of the school cookbook from a quarter of a century ago? And are there earlier or later cookbooks from other eras? Are they well thumbed? Did they give rise to lasting family favourites?

4 thoughts on “Cookin’ with Tamahere

  • September 1, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Thank you for putting this out Philippa. My Mum (Jo Wilde) had the 1992 Tamahere School Cookbook and she gave it to me and suggested I ask the school to do another one – which I did and they jumped at the chance, hence how this project has started. I love the 1992 version and Mum has cooked us many of the recipes that are firm favourites. So you were on the committee organising the 1992 version? If so I would love to meet with you to discuss! Thanks, Angie

    • September 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      How lovely for one generation’s cookbook to inspire the next. I wasn’t on the 1992 organising committee, just a recipe contributor. But you would have thought I was a major contributor by the number of times my name (incorrectly) featured. Just hope everyone enjoyed them anyway!

  • September 1, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Yes I have the 25 year old cookbook, and still use it. There are many recipes there that have become favourites, its good also to be reminded of the families noted as supplying the recipe.

    • September 1, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Well done, Sue. I’m afraid I recycled mine in the last cookbook cull. FYI, ALL the recipes in that book under my name are not mine. Just one! Some how my name got attached to all unattributed recipes. I used to get recipe queries on dishes I’d never even heard of!


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