Trish’s Dish’s

Trish’s Dish’s

Welcome to our ‘Guest Food Blog’

I’d like to introduce you to my Kiwi friend Trish and bring to you one of her favorite recipes to make. 

It’s great for the deep freeze, it can be made in bulk and her husband Bob grows most of their vegetables so it is very economical to make.

Trish’s Dishes

Click Below for Trish’s Christmas Cake and Shortbread Biscuits (Cookies)

Trish’s Christmas Cake and Shortbread Cookies


A note about my friend Trish.  She died this January, 2017 of cancer. 
She would have turned 76 this February.  I will miss her forever.
 1941- 2017
Trish Wolfenden
from New Zealand

Trish in her Kitchen,

Peeling and Slicing Tomatoes for Soups and Sauces


Fresh Tomato Soup

Trish’s Recipe

Towards the end of the tomato season, you will often find boxes of tomatoes on sale at very reasonable prices.  Better still, you may find that your own garden is producing more than you can use in salads and sauces.  I have found that the following recipe is a good, easy way to make soup for immediate use or to freeze.

For about 8 cups:

1 large onion

2 cloves garlic

1 red pepper

3 Tbsp. butter

¼ cup flour

1 cup water

Fresh or dried basil and oregano

1.5kg ripe tomatoes

1 ½ tsp salt

3 tsp sugar

2 Tbsp. sweet chili sauce

2 slices or ends of bread

Turn a slow cooker of at least 3 litre capacity on the High and coat it with non-stick spray.

Chop the onion, garlic and red pepper into small pieces.  If your slow cooker bowl is microwave safe, put them in this with the butter, and heat in the microwave own for about 5 minutes, stirring after a minute to cat the vegetables with the butter.  OR, put the vegetables and butter into a fry pan and cook over moderate heat until the onion in transparent and starting to turn golden brown, then tip them into the slow cooker.

Stir the flour through the onion mixture, then add the water, herbs, halved tomatoes, salt, sugar, sweet chili sauce, and the bread, broken into bits.  (Use a whole-grain or firm-textured bread, for preference.)

Put the lid on the cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 – 4 hours, stirring well after about an hour to make sure the flour mixture is evenly distributed.

Ladle about a third of the soup into a food processor and process until smooth, then shake the smooth mixture through a fairly coarse sieve into an large bowl, discarding any dry seedy matter left in the sieve.  Repeat twice more until all the tomato mixture has been processed and sieved.  Make mixture up to 8 cups with extra water if necessary, then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serve reheated if necessary, topped with a spoonful of plain yoghurt or cream and garnished with a few tiny croutons, finely chopped parsley, or a basil sprig.

Variation:  For Cream of Tomato Soup, add ½ to ¾ cup of cream to the soup before reheating and serving as above.

Note:  If freezing the soup, add the cream just before serving.


I first met Trish while I was living in Hawaii and Gordon and I were Girl Scout leaders for our Ewa Beach troop. Trish had contacted the Girl Scout Council Headquarters on Oahu, Hawaii to inquire if any local troop would be interested in being pen pals with her Girl Guides troop in  New Zealand.  I saw the inquiry and responded.  Trish was a leader to about 8 – 10 girls and so was I.  We then paired up our girls to become pen pals.  The funny part is that Trish and I became pen pals, started calling each other, emailing, and then she and her husband Bob came to visit us when we were living in Maryland and while we have been here in Florida.  I asked Trish if she would contribute to the ‘Guest Blog’ and she and Bob sent me some excellent photos of their home garden back in New Zealand for me to use.


The Wolfenden Family in their ‘Conservatory’, photo above.
(Just like in the boardgame Clue) 🙂
(Trish, Leilani, Bob and Carl)
I would very much like to introduce my friend Trish
Hello from New Zealand
Mt. Ruapehu

Let me introduce myself. I am Patricia (Trish) Wolfenden , married to Robert (Bob) for forty-eight years. I have two children, a son Carl who lives with his wife Elaine and baby daughter Lucia in Dublin/ Ireland, also a daughter Leilani who lives in Dromana/Victoria/Australia.

Trish with daughter Lani
(Leilani is something of an accomplished celebrated chef in New Zealand and Australia).

I was born in Christchurch which is the main city of the South Island of New Zealand. I was educated at the Arowhenua Native Primary School for three and a half years before moving on to finish my primary education at the Temuka Primary School. From there I moved on to continue my education at the Temuka High School. I then moved into the work force where my career consisted of administration work.
Because of my great-grandmother (Toua) I am third generation Ngai Tahu decent. I was lucky enough to grow up with my Toua, she lived close by. My grandfather (Poua) her eldest son was always visiting so I would go with him. She had twelve children and her youngest daughter is still living today, she is ninety-four. In April 2000 we had a family reunion which was attended by members from all over New Zealand as well as Australia and Canada. As a result of this reunion family members from the lower North Island of New Zealand meet for a luncheon three/four times a year.
Trish baking in her kitchen.
Recently I retired from the Girl Guide Movement. I was a leader for twenty-five years and during this time I met people from all over the world. In 1998 I was lucky enough to represent New Zealand at a guiding event in Wales. Today I still keep in touch with some of the leaders I met. I would like to add it was through guiding I met the wonderful Whann Family. My husband and I have visited Gordon, Julie and their family in Washington and Tampa.
I have now retired and live with my husband. We live in a small village with a population of three thousand people situated from our nearest city which is Palmerston North; this has a population of just over eighty-two thousand people. Palmerston North is 141kms north of Wellington which is the capital city of New Zealand.
Trish is an Excellent Cook and Baker,
here she is Making a Cake
(Probably where her daughter Lani gets her talent)

I enjoy doing volunteer work at the local school. I also enjoy reading and doing family history. Weather permitting I like to go walking. Movies with friends is always a great way to relax. I enjoy watching sport on TV especially when New Zealand is playing. There is a large variety of sport to watch but rugby being number one I enjoy that the most.
Bob’s Glass House
My husband is a very keen gardener and grows most of our vegetables. He also has two glasshouses, one being to grow hydroponic tomatoes, and the other for capsicums. Because we have a large walnut tree the glasshouse comes in handy for drying. We also have a fruit orchard which consists of apples, plums and pears.
(I love the duo of Bob growing the tomatoes and Trish cooking with them for stews and sauces).
The photo at left are tomatoes ready to go in the hydroponics trough.  The photo at right are Bob’s tomatoes in the hydroponics.
Meet Levi, Trish’s Cat
(Trish has a great love of cats)
Being an animal lover I have a pet cat called Levi. He is great company, follows Bob and I all over the place and always like to be involved with what we are doing, even likes to get in on the act when I am washing the car.
A Tui in a Kowhai Tree in the Backyard
Bob’s Glass Houses on his Property
Capsicums (Bell Peppers) on left, tomatoes in pots on right.
Look at all of Bob’s Walnuts!
Garlic Growing in Front of Backyard Shed
The Beautiful Scenery of New Zealand
Mt. Ngauruhoe has not erupted since the 1960’s.
(New Zealand is where they filmed the trilogy The Lord of the Rings and are currently filming The Hobbit trilogy).
Mt. Taranaki from New Plymouth Breakwater
Railferry coming into birth Picton
Kiwi Rail.  Love it!
(Bob is a retired train engineer). 
Tory Sound from Picton top of South Island
Thank you Trish and Bob for your contribution and your friendship.  Gordon and I would be lonely without all our Skype calls with you that make us happy.  🙂