Celebrity chef leads the march

One of New Zealand's leading cookbook authors will share tips and ideas in Renwick this weekend.

The Renwick Marching Club is holding an evening with author and foodie Robyn Martin, who has written more than 50 cookbooks in her 25 years as a food writer.

The evening will focus on tips for cooking with a slow cooker – a topic Robyn has written four books about - covering a range of slow cooker recipes, showing people some lesser known ideas for their slow cooker, and how to use their slow cooker to save money, she said.

Recipes on the night include a blueberry and apple dessert, hummus, bread, and a beef and beer pie.

"It's a selection, so you can use your slow cooker for entertaining and you can use cheaper cuts of meat to make fantastic food. With electricity going up the slow cooker uses the same power as an electric light bulb and it's safe. You can leave it on, go out and not worry about the house burning down," she said.

Event organiser Karen Perrott said the club held and evening with Robyn last year offering ideas on quick snack ideas for parties and pot luck dinners. The evening was a great success, attracting about 80 people and raising almost $1800 for the club.

Because of the popularity of the event the club had been keen to organise another one, and slow cookers had seemed the obvious theme.

"It's the perfect time of the year because it's so cold, and whipping up something delightful in your slow cooker takes the pressure off in an evening."

People at the event will also get to taste some of Robyn's creations and take home some of her recipes.

Along with some regular expenses, the money raised will go towards helping the group compete at the Mainland Challenge South Island Championships this year and the national marching championships next year.

The Renwick Marching Club evening with Robyn Martin, Giesen Sports and Events centre, Renwick at 1pm Sunday, June 3.

Tickets cost $15 from Langwoods Photo Centre, Queen St, Blenheim or by phoning Karen on 035727977 or Beccy Friend on 035728108.

The Marlborough Express