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George Interviews The Director of The Shack

Stuart Hazeldine directed The Shack, and George talks to him about the challenges of portraying God in film, the criticism The Shack has received from some Christians and how he believes the themes in this story can help people.



Sour Soup (Sinigang)

• 4 salmon heads
• I tbsp. crushed garlic
• ½ onion diced
• 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
• Green leafy vegetables – spinach, kale, bok choy, etc.
• 1 ½ onions, quartered
• Tamarind block – cut into 3 cm cubes
• Salt and pepper to taste

1. Prepare large pot, on medium high
2. Season the salmon heads in salt and pepper, leave to marinate while you prep the other ingredients
3. In pot, sauté crushed garlic and diced onion in vegetable oil
4. Take pot off heat, add salmon heads to the pot
5. Pour boiling water into the pot, return pot to the heat
6. Add in tamarind and quartered onions to the pot
7. Season with salt and pepper to taste
8. Let the broth boil until the onions are soft
9. Right before serving, add in leafy vegetables
10. Serve out of the pot alongside rice!


Peanut Butter Cookies


1 cup peanut butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 egg

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

Place all ingredients into a bowl and combine well.

Roll tablespoon sized balls and place on the tray. Push down each one with a fork.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes and then further cool on a wire rack.


If you mixture is a little too dry you can add a few drops of milk to moisten it.
I like to make a double batch of these so we cook once and then eat twice.
These are delicious if you spread Nutella on them and sandwich them together.

This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.


Peanut Butter & Chocolate Energy Bars

Makes 15 bars

1 1/2 cups unsalted peanuts
1 1/2 cups pitted dried dates, preferably Medjool
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate or mini chocolate chips, divided

Line an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper; let the ends of the paper hang over the edge.

Optional step: For deeper, more peanuty flavor, roast the peanuts before making the bars. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the peanuts on a baking sheet and roast until fragrant and golden, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once or twice during roasting. Allow to cool slightly before continuing with the recipe.

Combine the peanuts, pitted dates, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 5 to 6 times to break up the ingredients. Remove the lid and break apart any clumps of dates. Replace the lid and process continuously for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until the ingredients begin to clump together. When you remove the lid, the ingredients may still look a little crumbly (like couscous), but should hold together when pressed in your fist.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the chocolate over the peanut-date mixture (reserve the rest of the chocolate). Replace the lid and pulse just 3 or 4 times to incorporate the chocolate.

Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and press it firmly down with the palm of your hand or the bottom of a drinking cup. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in 15-second bursts in the microwave, stirring between each burst. Pour the melted chocolate over the bars and use a spatula to spread it into an even layer.

Cover the bars and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight, until the bars are firm and the chocolate is set. With the bars still in the dish, use a sharp knife to cut them into 15 bars. Bars can be stored in the dish or individually wrapped. Keep refrigerated for firmer texture or unrefrigerated for a softer texture. Bars will keep for about a month refrigerated or for about a week if unrefrigerated.

Recipe Notes
For softer icing, stir 1/4 cup peanut butter into the melted chocolate before spreading it over the bars.

Thanks to thekitchn.com


Celestial Bananas

This is so amazing, such a different way to have bananas.


6 Bananas 
1⁄2 Pound Cream cheese 
4 Tablespoon Brown sugar 
Cinnamon To Taste
1 Cup Cream/Yogurt 
3 1⁄2 Tablespoon Butter 

Peel the bananas and slice them lengthwise.
Brown lightly in butter.
Butter a pie dish and arrange half the bananas on the bottom.
Cream the sugar, cinnamon and cream cheese and spread half the mixture over the bananas.
Place the remaining half of the bananas on the top and spread over the rest of the cream cheese mixture.
Pour cream or yoghurt over all and bake at 350° F for 20 minutes.

Thanks to ifood.tv


George & Andrew Podcast: George Gets A Tattoo + Pranked By Life FM

Plus an update on George's netball team, Andrew dresses up as Captain Jack Sparrow and Andrew reads the whole bible out loud (???)

Make sure you join us for Rhema Breakfast live Monday-Friday from 6am!


East Africa Crisis

Tim Manson from Tearfund talked with Luke about the East Africa Crisis.


From a Romanian Orphanage

Alex Kuch is a remarkable young man and ex-Romanian Orphan adopted into NZ with a story to tell. He has been selected to address the UN Global Changemakers Forum in Zurich. He's had a busy month with Rotary National Leadership Forum in NZ and a meeting at Duke University in North Carolina to interview for a Peace Fellowship scholarship.

This website provides information for people looking for their families and in the last 2 years helped over 200 people find their families.

This website has information about his work and background.


Vegetable Waste

New research from the University of Otago has revealed the best home storage methods to lengthen the shelf life of vegetables. Luke talked with Senior Lecturer Dr Miranda Mirosa.


Assistance Dogs

An assistance dog has the ability to change a persons life completely. Olivia was diagnosed with Autism and Triple X Syndrome at the age of two, she now is about to get an assistance dog Luke talked with her about what it will mean.

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