Local Heart, Global Soul

September 29, 2012

Savouries and Goodies to Take Home…

Filed under: FOOD,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Reviews,Specialty — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself and the kids have been very patient out the front of the bakery as they wait for me to complete my tour…

I watch as other savouries: sausage rolls, pasties and the like are sorted out the back and then make my way to the front counter to buy some goodies to take back with us.

Celia has a surprise for me… a gift box with four raspberry buns and some apricot pies!  Wow,  talk about “the icing on the cake”!  To say I’m delighted with our  unexpected gift is an understatement.  Fantastic!  Thank You so much Celia!!!

I’m also clutching the address of the place where I can buy pie forms to bring back to The Netherlands…  this visit has exceeded my expectations on so many levels  that it’s made my day.

The only shock has been walking back to the van parked just a short distance down the street and seeing so many gaps where buildings used to be. Before I got into the car I looked around, closed my eyes for a moment and tried to remember what  used to be in the gaps, with some I succeed but with others I draw a blank. It’s good to see other businesses here open though… and  people, the whole area is busy with people.

No matter what life (or Mother Nature) throws at you,  the owners and staff of Sydenham Bakery and all the other local businesses here  prove that they are resilient and with support from locals they are willing to pick up the pieces and get back to normal as much as possible.

One thing I’m certain about too… once fortified by a pie and a raspberry bun, you feel like you can take on the world.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. I am drooling over those buns and pies right now! Would be great if I get my hands on them recipes for those. Great post!

    Comment by Rose Taylor — September 29, 2012 @ 4:53 am | Reply

    • Hi Rose, Welcome to my blog 🙂
      I agree they look gorgeous (they tasted great too!!!) Sadly there’s no hope of getting recipes from an established bakery because they need them for their business and anyway, their bun recipe probably reads “take 50 kilograms of flour..” … a *little more” than we could handle in our home kitchens LOL.

      Comment by kiwidutch — September 29, 2012 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  2. Ha!
    I was smart this time and your blog after having lunch.
    I wish he had a good bakery in here, but sadly this is Spain, where bread sucks.

    Comment by Doggy's Style — September 29, 2012 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

    • Doggy,
      Why not have a go at making your own bread?.. it might take a few practice runs to perfect it but let’s face it, you can;t do worse 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 2, 2012 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  3. Are those the apricot pies on the Sydenham box? That picture would make a great advertisement!

    Comment by Luddy's Lens — September 30, 2012 @ 12:07 am | Reply

    • Ohhh yes they are the apricot pies… and they were as seriously good as I remember them too!!! (they will always be a favourite!)
      As for advert material… if a photo of mine does some way to supporting and advertising a long standing local Christchurch business what’s been through some tough times getting back on their feet, and shows their commitments to the city in spite of everything that’s happened…then why not?

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 1, 2012 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

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