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fruitcake fit for the king<br />

• By Claire Reid<br />

A REST home has created a<br />

special fruitcake to celebrate the<br />

royal birthday on Monday.<br />

For King Charles III’s birthday,<br />

Arvida Rhodes on Cashmere’s<br />

cook Margaret Hogan enlisted<br />

resident Thea Artz to help create<br />

a fruitcake fit for a king – and all<br />

for a very good cause.<br />

The king is a well-known fan<br />

of fruitcake – he chose one for<br />

his 1981 wedding to the late<br />

Princess Diana, and then again<br />

when he married Queen Camilla<br />

in 2005, as well as at his coronation<br />

celebration last year – and<br />

Margaret reckons this cake is a<br />

real winner.<br />

She used a recipe belonging to<br />

a resident that had been passed<br />

down for generations and had<br />

always been a success with her<br />

family.<br />

The cake, which is a simple<br />

‘melt and mix’ recipe, is packed<br />

with fruit and has a generous<br />

dash of vanilla.<br />

“You should always be using<br />

real vanilla extract,” Margaret<br />

explained.<br />

“The cake goes very well with<br />

custard and ice cream.”<br />

Margaret was helped in the<br />

kitchen by keen royalist Thea,<br />

who has a passion for baking and<br />

keeps up-to-date with royal news<br />

– something she’s done for years.<br />

“I’m a royalist – I always have<br />

been,” Thea said.<br />

“I think King Charles has<br />

BIRTHDAY BOY: King<br />

Charles is a well-known<br />

fruitcake fan – it was served<br />

at both his weddings and at<br />

his coronation celebration.<br />

PHOTO: GETTY<br />

been a brave man, going out and<br />

working after his recent cancer<br />

diagnosis.<br />

“I wish (him) the happiest of<br />

birthdays and very good health<br />

for the year ahead.”<br />

In a sweet move, the kindhearted<br />

staff and residents at the<br />

rest home resisted the urge to<br />

tuck into the cake and have instead<br />

decided to deliver it to the<br />

local Cancer Society office for<br />

the hard-working team to enjoy.<br />

“It’s a cause that’s close to<br />

our hearts and something that<br />

is important to our residents,”<br />

Margaret said.<br />

• Turn to page 4 for the recipe<br />

CAKE CREATION: Margaret Hogan, ably assisted by rest home resident Thea Artz, made a<br />

special fruitcake to mark the birthday of King Charles III.


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Thursday <strong>May</strong> <strong>30</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 3<br />

Rose winner honouring her heritage<br />

• By Nina Tapu<br />

A FATHER’S love for his Irish<br />

homeland motivated the national<br />

winner of the Rose of Tralee to<br />

enter the event.<br />

Keely O’Grady, 21, was awarded<br />

the <strong>2024</strong> title in Invercargill on<br />

Saturday night after years of<br />

encouragement from her father<br />

“to stay connected to her Irish<br />

culture”.<br />

Surprised by her win, the Canterbury<br />

representative credited her<br />

father’s persistence for exploring<br />

her Irish identity.<br />

The Rose of Tralee celebrates<br />

young women of Irish heritage in<br />

New Zealand.<br />

“As soon as I turned 18, I was<br />

messaged by my dad every year to<br />

enter but the timing’s never been<br />

quite right because of my university<br />

studies,” O’Grady said.<br />

“I finally entered and was inspired<br />

by my dad and just wanted<br />

to make him proud of me.”<br />

O’Grady will complete her<br />

bachelor of speech and language<br />

pathology degree from Canterbury<br />

University while undertaking<br />

her Rose of Tralee duties.<br />

She was chosen from 10 other<br />

hopefuls to represent New Zealand<br />

at the International Rose<br />

of Tralee festival held in Tralee,<br />

Ireland in August.<br />

The festival was formed in 1959<br />

and is held annually in Ireland. It<br />

celebrates women and appoints<br />

a female ambassador for Irish<br />

culture and heritage.<br />

ROSY GLOW: Keely O’Grady, of Canterbury, was awarded the national Rose of Tralee title in<br />

Invercargill on Saturday.<br />

“Over there you will have every<br />

country’s Rose represented and<br />

it’s a massive celebration of Irish<br />

culture and Irish heritage.<br />

“This is an amazing opportunity,”<br />

she said.<br />

PHOTO: FACEBOOK<br />

Her father’s family hailed from<br />

County Wicklow and she attributed<br />

a childhood “growing up<br />

OFF ABROAD: Keely<br />

O’Grady will now head to<br />

Ireland in August to take<br />

part in the Rose of Tralee<br />

festival with other winners<br />

from around the world.<br />

PHOTO: NINA TAPU<br />

around Irish sport, Irish music,<br />

and especially Irish dance” to<br />

them.<br />

Irish dance had been a huge part<br />

of her life since she was six.<br />

“One day my dad showed me a<br />

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on my heart was hooked and I’m<br />

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Being chosen to represent New<br />

Zealand was an honour, and gaining<br />

“10 new friends that were some<br />

of the smartest and most talented,<br />

kind girls that I’ve met in my life”<br />

made the competition a “meaningful<br />

experience”, she said.<br />

O’Grady was thankful for<br />

being selected and vowed to use<br />

the opportunity to promote “selfdevelopment<br />

and confidence” to<br />

young girls.<br />

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4<br />

Fruitcake for all<br />

• From page 1<br />

Ingredients<br />

500g sultanas and raisins<br />

(2 1/2 cups)<br />

250 ml water (1 cup)<br />

250 g butter cut into cubes<br />

385 g sugar (1 3/4 cups)<br />

260 g plain flour (1 3/4<br />

cups) sifted<br />

1 tsp baking powder sifted<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

3 eggs lightly beaten<br />

Instructions<br />

1. Preheat oven to 160°C.<br />

Grease and line a 20 or<br />

22cm square cake tin.<br />

2. Place sultanas and<br />

water in a large saucepan<br />

and bring to the boil<br />

over high heat. Boil for 8<br />

minutes until sultanas are<br />

plump and most of the<br />

liquid has been absorbed.<br />

3. Remove from the<br />

heat and add the cubes of<br />

butter. Stir through until all<br />

the butter is melted. Add<br />

the sugar and stir in well.<br />

Set mixture aside to cool<br />

for 20-<strong>30</strong> minutes. If you<br />

want the mixture to cool<br />

quickly, place the base of<br />

the saucepan into a sink<br />

filled with some iced water.<br />

4. While the mixture is<br />

cooling, sift the flour and<br />

baking powder together in<br />

a bowl. Once the mixture<br />

has cooled down, add the<br />

sifted flour and baking<br />

powder and stir together<br />

with a large spoon. Add<br />

the lightly beaten eggs and<br />

vanilla extract and continue<br />

to stir until everything is<br />

combined and there are<br />

no flour pockets left in the<br />

batter.<br />

5. Pour the batter into the<br />

prepared baking tin. Bake<br />

for 1 hour 10 minutes to 1<br />

hour 25 minutes, or until<br />

the middle is cooked and<br />

a skewer inserted into the<br />

centre of the cake comes<br />

out clean. You will need<br />

to cover the top of the<br />

cake loosely with foil halfway<br />

through the baking<br />

time once the top is nice<br />

and golden (at the 35-45<br />

minute mark), otherwise<br />

it will darken too much.<br />

Once cooked, remove from<br />

the oven and allow to cool<br />

in the tin for 15-20 minutes.<br />

Invert onto a wire cooling<br />

rack to continue to cool<br />

completely.<br />

6. Once cooled, cover<br />

the cake with cling wrap<br />

and place in an airtight<br />

container. Cake will keep<br />

for five days. This cake can<br />

also be frozen for up to one<br />

month – wrap well in cling<br />

film, then wrap again in<br />

aluminium foil and place<br />

in an airtight container or<br />

sealed glad bag and place<br />

in the freezer.<br />

Gateway plan off to<br />

council for approval<br />

FIXING earthquake damage and<br />

improving emergency resilience<br />

for the key route in and out of<br />

New Brighton is a step closer.<br />

The Gateway to New Brighton<br />

project has now been approved<br />

by a hearings panel and will see<br />

major upgrades to Pages Rd, a new<br />

bridge and improvements to surrounding<br />

streets.<br />

Other key upgrades include:<br />

• A new T-intersection and<br />

traffic lights to replace the<br />

roundabout at Pages Rd, Hawke St<br />

and Seaview Rd<br />

• No vehicle access to the<br />

T-intersection from Owles Tce and<br />

New Brighton Rd<br />

• A lane change on Pages Rd<br />

westbound from one to two lanes<br />

• Intersection modifications,<br />

kerb buildouts, pedestrian<br />

crossings and parking changes on<br />

surrounding streets<br />

“This bridge is the most significant<br />

transport project in our city<br />

and is a lifeline to the east,” panel<br />

chair and Coastal Ward councillor<br />

Celeste Donovan said.<br />

“It will significantly improve<br />

traffic flow after events such as the<br />

fireworks and allow for a quicker<br />

emergency evacuation.<br />

“The new bridge and road will<br />

be more resilient to future earthquakes<br />

and the effects of climate<br />

MOVING FORWARD: The plan to replace the Pages Rd<br />

bridge and improve surrounding streets has been approved<br />

by a hearings panel and will now go to the full council for<br />

approval.<br />

PHOTO: NEWSLINE<br />

change, replacing the nearly 100<br />

year old bridge damaged in the<br />

earthquakes.<br />

“It’s been a huge concern for the<br />

community, so we need to deliver<br />

it without further delays.”<br />

The current roundabout area<br />

will become a pocket park featuring<br />

the existing palm tree, and the<br />

traffic lights will be moved slightly<br />

north.<br />

The new bridge will be built<br />

further north from its current<br />

position, so the existing bridge can<br />

be used during the construction<br />

period.<br />

A number of changes to the<br />

project’s original design plan were<br />

also proposed by the panel, such<br />

Thursday <strong>May</strong> <strong>30</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

as including space for additional<br />

parking on Hawke and Rawson<br />

Sts and on Seaview Rd.<br />

The panel requested staff report<br />

back on safety and cost implications<br />

for the removal of the kerb<br />

build-out outside the police station<br />

and recommended changing the<br />

shared path on Seaview Rd to a<br />

footpath and separated cycle lane.<br />

The panel also requested staff<br />

report back to the council on a<br />

location for a pedestrian refuge<br />

island and wider footpaths on<br />

Hardy St to make the streets safer<br />

for surrounding schools.<br />

The panel’s recommendations<br />

will be presented to the full<br />

council for final approval.<br />

NEW<br />

ccc.govt.nz/kerbside-changes


Thursday <strong>May</strong> <strong>30</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 5<br />

Neighbouring homes up<br />

for auction on same day<br />

THE OWNERS of three<br />

neighbouring properties are<br />

selling their houses at exactly the<br />

same time and it’s no coincidence.<br />

The new builds located in<br />

Prestons Park were deliberately<br />

launched for sale on the same day<br />

last week and will be sold at the<br />

same auction by the same real<br />

estate agent, One Roof reported.<br />

Harcourts Grenadier listing<br />

agent Andrew Steel said he hoped<br />

marketing numbers 35, 41 and<br />

43 Timara Cres at the same time<br />

would attract more buyers. They<br />

will be auctioned on June 13.<br />

Steel, who has already sold<br />

about 20 properties in the Prestons<br />

Park subdivision, including<br />

five houses on Timara Cres, said<br />

he pitched his idea to the different<br />

owners and they were all on<br />

board.<br />

“It’s not often you get three<br />

houses for sale in the same street.<br />

Yes, they are new builds, but<br />

they are smaller-type builders or<br />

developers,” he told One Roof.<br />

“What I’ve said to them individually<br />

is ‘look, each of your<br />

houses are different and I see the<br />

pulling power of you all having a<br />

campaign together’.”<br />

While it was a calculated risk,<br />

he did not think the houses<br />

would be competing against each<br />

other because they were unique<br />

and at different price points.<br />

ON THE BLOCK: Three new builds on Timara Cres, Prestons,<br />

have different owners who have all decided to list their<br />

properties together. Pictured is the house at No 41.<br />

The two three-bedroom<br />

properties at 41 and 43 are sideby-side<br />

on 442sq m sections with<br />

a view out to the lake, while the<br />

third property at number 35 is<br />

a four-bedroom, two-bathroom<br />

home on a slightly smaller plot of<br />

land.<br />

Prestons Park was launched six<br />

years ago and Timara Cres is one<br />

of the latest areas to be developed.<br />

Said Steel: “A lot of the ones<br />

in this subdivision are three and<br />

four-bedroom homes so you<br />

tend to attract that family style of<br />

ownership.<br />

“I think new builds are a real<br />

attraction because it’s all built to<br />

the latest codes.”<br />

FOR SALE: The property at<br />

35 Timara Cres is several<br />

doors down from the other<br />

two and does not have a<br />

water outlook.<br />

Recent sales in the street<br />

include two four-bedroom, twobathroom<br />

homes that sold at the<br />

end of last year for $955,000, and<br />

$1.02m.<br />

Long-running choir<br />

in search of singers<br />

ONE OF THE city’s best<br />

known choirs is looking for new<br />

members.<br />

The Christchurch Theatre<br />

Workshop has been running for<br />

the last 25 years under the guidance<br />

of John and Annette Begg,<br />

hosting afternoon sing-a-long<br />

concerts and performing a mix of<br />

old and new favourites.<br />

Due to some older members<br />

retiring, CTW is running a membership<br />

drive for anyone who is<br />

keen to get involved.<br />

CTW spokesperson Bryan<br />

Mullaly says singing is for<br />

everyone, and if you can speak,<br />

you can sing.<br />

Rehearsals are held on Monday<br />

afternoons from 2pm to 4pm<br />

at the church hall, Leyden St,<br />

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Thursday <strong>May</strong> <strong>30</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

Educating safety heroes about<br />

road works timely for school<br />

• By Geoff Sloan<br />

RICCARTON School pupils got<br />

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takes to be a road safety hero.<br />

Staff members from engineering<br />

consultant group Beca, NZ<br />

Transport Agency Waka Kotahi<br />

and Downer Group volunteered<br />

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school as part of Road Safety<br />

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The week’s initiatives included<br />

running a range of fun activities<br />

aimed at helping children learn<br />

the importance of staying safe<br />

around road works.<br />

Beca project manager Jodi<br />

Johnson said a lot of people<br />

work to make our roads safer.<br />

“We are encouraging them<br />

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understand who the heroes are<br />

out on that road, keeping them<br />

safe and looking after our communities.”<br />

Riccarton School was one of<br />

16 schools across New Zealand<br />

to get a visit from the road<br />

safety team.<br />

Teacher Haley Forrester said<br />

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Christchurch at the moment,<br />

the team’s visit was timely.<br />

TRAINING HEROES: Beca project manager Jodi Johnson talking to pupils at Riccarton<br />

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tart add fragrance to a<br />

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Butter beans, cannellini<br />

and cavolo nero<br />

Serves 2<br />

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It adds a creamy quality without<br />

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200g hispi (pointed) cabbage<br />

2 plump cloves garlic<br />

2 Tbsp olive oil<br />

2 Tbsp dill<br />

400g butter beans<br />

250g cannellini beans<br />

1 lemon<br />

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• Trim the tough ends of the<br />

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roll tightly, then slice them into<br />

wide shreds, like pappardelle.<br />

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• Put a pan of water on to<br />

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minutes, then lift it out and<br />

transfer to the iced water. When<br />

the water returns to the boil,<br />

repeat with the cabbage.<br />

• Peel the garlic, then crush<br />

to a paste with a good pinch of<br />

salt – use a pestle and mortar,<br />

but the flat side of a knife and a<br />

chopping board works too.<br />

• In a wide sauté or frying<br />

pan, warm the oil and garlic<br />

paste. You don’t want the garlic<br />

to colour, so stir as it warms and<br />

softens. Finely chop the dill and<br />

stir into the garlic.<br />

• Tip the butter beans and<br />

cannellini together with their<br />

liquor into the pan and stir<br />

to coat them with the oil and<br />

garlic. Leave over a moderate<br />

heat, covered by a lid, for a few<br />

minutes until the beans are hot.<br />

Finely grate the lemon zest and<br />

squeeze the juice.<br />

• Season the beans generously<br />

with salt and black pepper, then<br />

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wish, a little of the juice. Drain<br />

the greens thoroughly, stir them<br />

into the beans and heat through<br />

briefly before spooning on to<br />

deep plates.<br />

Prune, chocolate and<br />

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Serves 8<br />

I have been tweaking the old<br />

frangipane fillings since I<br />

made my first in the late 1970s.<br />

This latest version has barely a<br />

sprinkling of flour in it and I feel<br />

is better for it.<br />

Ingredients<br />

For the pastry:<br />

200g plain flour<br />

90g butter<br />

1 egg yolk<br />

1-2 tbsp iced water<br />

For the filling:<br />

150g butter<br />

100g caster sugar<br />

Finely grated zest of 1 orange<br />

75g dark chocolate<br />

2 eggs<br />

150g ground almonds<br />

2 Tbsp self-raising flour<br />

150g, stoned soft prunes<br />

2-3 Tbsp flaked almonds<br />

Method<br />

• You will need a 20cm tart tin<br />

with a removable base. Make<br />

the pastry: put the flour and<br />

butter into a food processor<br />

and process to fine crumbs.<br />

(Alternatively, do it by hand, rub<br />

the butter into the flour with<br />

your fingertips until it resembles<br />

breadcrumbs.) Mix in the egg<br />

yolk, then a little iced water (a<br />

tablespoon or two will do) and<br />

mix to a thick, rollable dough.<br />

• Tip the dough on to a lightly<br />

floured board and pat into a<br />

thick disc, wrap it in baking<br />

parchment, then rest it in the<br />

fridge for <strong>30</strong> minutes.<br />

• Set the oven at 190°C and<br />

place a baking sheet in the oven.<br />

You will bake the tart on this.<br />

• Remove the pastry from the<br />

fridge and place on a floured<br />

board. Roll it out to roughly<br />

3mm thick, then lower into the<br />

tart tin, pushing it gently into<br />

the corners and up the sides.<br />

• Trim any overhanging<br />

pastry, then rest the pastry a<br />

second time, in the fridge or<br />

freezer, for 20 minutes.<br />

• Fill the case with baking<br />

parchment and baking beans,<br />

then place on top of a hot baking<br />

sheet already in the oven.<br />

• Bake for about 20 minutes,<br />

then carefully lift out the paper<br />

and beans. If the pastry isn’t<br />

dry to the touch, return it to the<br />

oven for a few minutes, then<br />

remove and set aside. Turn the<br />

oven down to 160°C.<br />

• While the pastry is baking,<br />

make the filling: put the butter,<br />

caster sugar and the orange zest<br />

into the bowl of a food mixer.<br />

Beat until pale and fluffy.<br />

• Chop the chocolate into<br />

small nuggets, no bigger than a<br />

hazelnut.<br />

• Beat the eggs in a small bowl,<br />

then add to the sugar and butter,<br />

a little at a time (if it shows<br />

any sign of curdling, drop in a<br />

couple of tablespoons of flour).<br />

Introduce the flour and then,<br />

lastly, the chocolate and the<br />

ground almonds.<br />

• Transfer the mixture to<br />

the tart case. Add the prunes<br />

without pressing them too<br />

deeply into the batter.<br />

• Scatter the flaked almonds<br />

over the top and bake for an<br />

hour, maybe a little longer, until<br />

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