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Books on the Menu

F.O.O.D Week: Books on the Menu


Books on the Menu

Yay! It’s F.O.O.D. Week!!! Yummo!!! Orange City Library presents its annual free F.O.O.D. Week event on Wednesday 18 April from 5.30pm.  Bookings are essential by calling the library on 6393 8132. Hear from the following local foodies and sample local produce on the night:

Brooke Daniels
Brooke Daniels hosts Breakfasts on ABC Local Radio and is known for finding interesting and delicious recipes by locals and promptly adding them to the recipe blog. She also regularly chats to listeners about growing vegetables and is always willing to pass on the best tips and advice.  Come along to discover some of her favourite recipes and foods she likes to cook. 

Elizabeth Barry
Orange City Librarian Elizabeth Barry is well known for helping people choose their next read, but you may not be aware she is the catering guru behind many of our library events.  Liz is inspired by other cooks, reading cookbooks and travel.  As a member of SLOW Food she is aware of the pleasure of sharing good food, and actively sets out to counteract fast food and fast life.  She maintains an interest in local food traditions, where the food comes from and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Elizabeth has also featured in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Living section as a Home Cook Hero.

Luke Bracks

Hear from the other “MasterChef” Luke Bracks who held the fort, or kitchen rather, at home while Kate Bracks was winning cooking challenges on television. The couple have 3 children and everyone thought Kate was going to be away just for the weekend, but it ended up being several months. Luke will let us know his favourite dishes and recipes and how he planned the family meals in the MasterChef’s home kitchen.

Merle Parrish

MasterChef favourite Merle Parrish, of Cudal, has firmly established herself in the world of baking after winning the immunity pin in a cook off on the reality TV show with her unique Peach Blossom Cake and delicious cupcakes, and most recently producing a beautiful best selling cookbook called Merle’s Kitchen.  Merle has been baking for 70 years, winning many awards, and still competes in the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

See you then!

Storytime with Angelina Ballerina

Storytime with Angelina Ballerina at Blayney

Join in Storytime with Angelina Ballerina at Blayney

Angelina Ballerina™ is a feisty little mouse who dances after her dreams with grace and determination. With her strong sense of knowing that it is what’s inside that counts, she works hard and learns from her mistakes as she pursues her dream of becoming a star both
on stage and off. When children share in Angelina’s experiences, they’re inspired to go after their big dreams too!

Children and parents are invited to join Angelina Ballerina for Storytime at:
Scout Hall
Blayney Centrepoint, Osman Street,
entry via Ogilvy Street, Blayney

Monday 16 April 2012

Session 1:  10:00am – 10:30am Storytime
10:30am – 10:50am Meet and Greet

Session 2:  11:00am – 11:30am Storytime
11:30am – 11:50am Meet and Greet

Session 3:  12:00pm – 12:30pm Storytime
12.30pm  – 12.50pm Meet and Greet

Please book for your session through Blayney Library on 6368 2581

School Holidays: Lounging Around with a Book


School Holidays begin in the Library

Technically it’s the first day of the school holidays and when the chocolate and Easter Bun munchies wear off, what is there to do? – well for starters check out the Library.  Gemma L’Estrange (left), Olivia L’Estrange (back), Olivia Small, Rachel Small, Emily L’Estrange and Emily Small called in this afternoon to well… lounge around really…….. and read a book or two. Call in for some great reading suggestions this school holidays.



March Amazing Paper Chain Winners

NYR Amazing Paper Chain March Winners


Amazing paper Chain Winners for March

Congratulations to all the winners from the National Year of Reading Amazing Paper chain competition for March 2012 at Orange City Library.
The winners are: Pictured (back row): Mitch Crossman, Portia Hawke, William Whythes, Savannah Dening, Luke Weckert (front row): Lachlan Crossman, Austin Cutter and Louis O’Brien.  Absent Holly Finlay, Natalie Averkin, Bailey Dickinson and Molly Sheehan

Librarian Lisa Martin presented the children was thrilled so many children have been filling in a cardboard link for every book that they read. Reading expands children’s horizons and opens doors to different worlds. It’s a really enjoyable activity

Winners will be randomly selected every month until December 2012 when we will ask the children to guess how many links there are for the final National Year of Reading Prize.  Get reading! 

The NYR Amazing Paper Chain is growing

The Amazing Paper Chain keeps growing

Matzah (unleavened Passover Bread) with Haroset

The Recipe Club meets again


Matzah (unleavened Passover Bread) with Haroset


Our thoughts are turning to food with the annual Orange F.O.O.D. Week celebrations coming up. There’s also something about food that gets everyone talking. Recipes, cookbooks, TV chefs and cooks provide plenty of fodder for a hearty lunchtime discussion.

We are hosting The Recipe Club on the last Friday of the month from 12.30pm with different monthly themes in keeping with the National Year of Reading.  In February we chuckled over the possibility of such a thing as low-fat pizza, a canary pudding featuring lemon, butter, an egg and 1/3 a gill of milk, but not a bird in sight. And recipes for 2,4,6, 8 cake and from the kitchen of Josie Dib a Lebanese Spinach, Lentil, Lemon and Dumpling Soup also known as the Atomic Bomb Soup (named in the 50s for good reasons).

The March meeting has us “thinking” about where our food comes from, discussion about the My Kitchen Rules final and the meaning of food such as Easter Buns.  Thanks to Heather we tried Matzah (unleavened Passover Bread) with Haroset used in the Jewish Passover ritual.  It was surprisingly delicious (see photo).  The recipe can be found in The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden.

The Recipe Club is proving to be lots of fun for people interested in sharing recipes, cookbooks, talking and writing about food. Everyone is welcome to come along. 

Orange City Library Recipe Club dates:
27 April – Feel
25 May – Escape
29 June – Dream
27 July – Discover
31 August – Question
28 September – Grow
26 October – Explore
30 November – Cry

The Recipe Club at Cowra Library meets 11am – 12 noon
on 3rd Wednesday in these months:
18 April – Feel (Chocolate!)
20 June – Dream
15 August – Question
17 October – Explore
21 November – Cry