On Sunday Slow Food Waitakere hosted Oxfam Biggest Coffee Break in West Auckland. It was also Mother's Day, and my kids learned to make coffee for me :-). Then I spent the morning cooking for the event, I made a banana flowers and potato salad with the two banana flowers I had in the garden (recipe here) and some mini vanilla cupcakes decorated with chocolate and chocolate and coffee ganache. Arantxa make chocolate daisies and chocolate coffee beans to decorate the cupcakes, and I cannot believe I didn't take photos!!! The Chocolate coffee beans looked real!!
Mother's Day card from my kids, an owl with apron and wooden spoon? Yes!!!
Cleaning the banana flowers to make a salad
Fair Trade ingredients to make cupcakes for the Slow Food event
The event was great, and we were honored to have Julia Collins for All Good coming over to talk about Fair Trade. We learned a lot about what it means to choose Fair Trade for the farmers in producing countries, and also several interesting facts about New Zealand too: did you know that we eat 400,000,000 bananas each here in this country? Julia also gave us all a bunch of bananas, so thank you All Good Bananas. If you like to see photos of the event (and food) please click here.
A special thanks to Slow Food Waitakere members Penny and Yvonne for hosting the event, and to all who came along, and to the sponsors who offered Trade Aid goods for Oxfam's Biggest Coffee Break and Chocolate Break parties around New Zealand: Caffe L'affare, All Good, Whittaker's, Kokako, and Scarborough Fair. On the afternoon we raised NZ$385 for Oxfam New Zealand.
See you at the next Slow Food Waitakere event!
Banana flower and potato salad: for the recipe click here
Photos by Alessandra Zecchini and Arantxa Zecchini Dowling ©