huia recipe book.

So, since last time I’ve posted there has actually been quite a big development in my life. I got a sweet job for next year!

I’m pretty sure everyone knows of the existence of RAs in university halls of residence, and next year I’m going to be one. When the applications were going in, it occurred to me that it could be a bit of fun (and the salary covers the rent) and so I filled out the form and threw it in on the last possible morning.

There were three stages of application – the form application was first, followed by group interviews, followed by one-on-one, or rather three-on-one interviews. Somehow, I made it as far as the three-on-one and they seemed to like me (amazingly. I thought the interview was terrible and I had to run to it from a lab which I was desperately trying to finish early). Because they gave me a job for 2010!

This year I’ve lived at International House (I will post pictures of my lovely halls of residence at some stage) but next year I’ll be an RA at Huia Residence, which is just over a bridge from here, next to the medical school (very handy for me) and involves cooking your own food (darn). O, and it’s alcohol free. It’s very different to I. House, but I am looking forward to it.

Anyway. I have started collecting recipes for my year of doing my own food, and the first thing I did was to grab a pretty notebook to write them all in. I started it with nine cupcake recipes (good effort, huh?). And here it is.

My Huia recipe book.


(Huia, for any non-New Zealanders, is a type of bird. It’s black, iridescent, rather small, and very extinct.)

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hello kitty lips candy.

I mentioned, in the post about my mod pocket watch, an excellent road/once-upon-a-time red light district by the name of K, or Karangahape Road.

This particular item was also purchased on K Road, for all of … I think, $1.20, and I can’t lie, I bought them for the tin. The candy itself is bizarre – very, very sweet and reminiscent of those grape chewy lollies you used to buy (for 5c each) when you were a child.

But isn’t the tin lovely?

Found, of course, in an Asian supermarket. I love Asian supermarkets. The things you find there are so strange and so exotic that you find yourself wishing you could … read the writing on the packet.

To be fair, my energy drink of choice, M-150, comes from this same Asian supermarket. M-150 can be relied upon to provide you with gratuitous amounts of energy on the kinds of nights you can only ever land yourself with as a university student (a perfect example: an international cultures themed party (I went as a ‘60s go-go girl. It’s a culture…), followed by a strange hats themed party, followed by a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show (I went as Janet), followed by the most phenomenal dance party ever (also on K Road) where we danced until 6AM). Maybe I’ll include M-150 in this blog at some stage. Under things Kelsy can’t live without.

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