For those of you uninitiated, Waitangi Day is New Zealand's national day, much like Australia Day or Independence Day. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs and it is often considered to be New Zealand's founding document. There has been much heated debate in the last few decades about the place of the Treaty in modern day, but it is still celebrated as an important day in our national history.
With two Kiwis and two Aussies in our household, we always celebrate the national days of both countries with a family dinner and try to eat food "traditional" to that nation - not always easy as both are so similar! On Australia Day we had lamb and pavlova, so today I had to come up with something different.
In the end I did my usual cooking style and adapted a number of different recipes, taking elements of each to make my new dish. (Sounds a lot like my crafting style too, actually!)
We are having Smoked Trout and Kumara patties with a salad, followed by a dessert of Kiwifruit Trifle. Yum! If they look any good I'll take a photo for you!
Meanwhile, here's a kiwi card to get you in the mood for Waitangi Day. I made it a fair while ago but I love this little bungy jumping guy and the look of adventure on his face!
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