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