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Season 3 Episode 18 - New Plymouth


This week, Marlaina Curtis, born in the UK to parents from Jamaica, takes us on a tour of the cultural stories to be found in her hometown – New Plymouth. 

We meet two brothers from Rajasthan who found they had to travel a long way to reconnect with their roots and a recent arrival from France demonstrates the way to make a perfect pastry. We discover the ways the Muslim community has pulled together to ensure New Plymouth feels like home and a woman from Belgium shows us her stone-crafting skills.


Curator Bio:

Marlaina is an actor and dancer, and chef – currently presenting Marlaina’s Kitchen – Food in a Flash. The idea for the series originated when she was working full time, running a weekend theatre school and President of the Multi-Ethnic Council. Food that was quick, easy to make and tasty was the otrder of the day – combined with some Caribbean spice!

Marlaina loves her life in New Plymouth, “I grew up in Britain. But the racism I experienced there was hard to take and I didn’t want my children to have to live through what I had. So my partner and the kids and I came here for a better quality of life and the chance to be accepted for who we were, not the colour of our skins.”


New Plymouth dish recipe: 

Marlaina has created a delicious dessert that evokes the flavours of her Jamaican heritage. She calls it Caribbean Delight.


Caribbean Delight 


  • I Tin Crushed Pineapples
  • 1 Mango Chopped
  • ½ Papaya
  • 1 Cup of pre-cut coconut
  • 4 tbsp. Icing sugar
  • 1 bottle cream
  • 2 Flakes
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2 fresh limes



  1. Chop into small cubes the mango and papaya
  2. Cut lemon and limes in half, squeeze juice in to a container and leave a couple of slices for garnishing
  3. Whisk the cream with an electric hand whisk and add the icing sugar a tablespoon at a time
  4. Crumble flake
  5. Fold in fruit; coconut and flake leave aside some flake for decoration.
  6. Just before serving pour juice over the top and decorate with flake and lemon and lime