Maori Finale

For the past few months, along with all of life’s other activities, some friends and I have been working on a fundraiser event for Amazima Ministries. Last night we were thrilled to host this event with Katie Davis sharing the stories of how God has led her to care for the “least of these” in Uganda. It was a powerful, amazing night and I can’t wait to share more about Katie and her ministry when we get to Uganda week in December.

In the meantime, with all the hullabaloo, we managed to celebrate New Zealand for our finale dinner.  We even had guests staying with us from Northern California and they joined in on the fun.  I had every intention of decorating our faces in Maori tattoos (temporary 🙂 ) for the event, but completely forgot until afterward, and it’s probably for the better as the people at the Amazima fundraiser might have been a bit frightened by my black-stained chin. (In Maori culture it is a sign of beauty for a woman to have a tattooed chin).

So, here goes……..

New Zealand Dinner Menu

Sweet Potato Mash

Brussel Sprouts with Shallots and Bacon

 We happen to be in the middle of brussel sprout season in our garden and I chose this recipe from for this reason.  Delicious with rave reviews from all!  I’m thinking this also has something to do with the fact that we harvested the sprouts that afternoon. Super fresh!

Yorkshire Puddings

I love making yorkshire puddings for dinner, especially when we are out of bread as they are quick and easy and I typically have all the required ingredients…flour, eggs, milk, butter/bacon grease, salt.  These were also a hit.

Lamb from New Zealand!  Perfect for our evening.

Lamb Steaks with Caramelized Lemon Jus

This recipe was adapted from and it really turned out well.  The Caramelized Lemon Jus poured over the lamb grilled with sage and garlic was a perfect compliment to the dish.  Since we have a bunch of the Jus left I’m trying to think of something else to serve it with.

A New Zealand Bottle

If you look really closely, you can see “New Zealand” on the bottom.

Leah, one of our fearless dinner guests!

A few more of our dinner guests!

Our Favorite, Pavlova

If you have been following our blog, we did this same pavlova for Australia week only using berries instead. It appears that New Zealand and Australia both claim Pavlova to be their national dessert but it really did originate in New Zealand. We even used New Zealand Kiwis in honor of our special night.

So there you have it, our New Zealand dinner, complete with our prayers for the land of the Kiwis and our saying “cheers” in place of thank you (something the kids really loved).  We even touched our noses together three times like the Maori people do upon greeting.
I guess there’s just one thing left to say New Zealand.

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