Hopeless Romantic Cooks Meal From Scratch Naturally Relying On NZ Rugby Kitchen

young bloke looking proud of his lasagne, with cook book in background



In a heartwarming display of affection, 22 year old Dannevirke man Hamish Bellwater endeavored to woo the woman he’s dating by crafting a homemade meal from scratch. 

Taking inspiration from none other than All Black legend Dan Carter, he delved into the pages of the 2012 cookbook “NZ Rugby Kitchen” to recreate Carter’s lasagne recipe.

Carter’s lasagne recipe contained mince, cheese, lasagne sheets and not much else, but the recipe page made a point of noting that “Aaron Cruden and Zac Guildford are also keen lasagne cooks”. 

Sources close to the aspiring chef reveal that the young man embarked on this cooking venture to win the heart of 20 year old Sophie Randall. Eager to impress, he selected a recipe that promised to channel the hearty essence of classic Kiwi cuisine.

Published over a decade ago, “NZ Rugby Kitchen” offers a collection of recipes and photos of old rugby players in casual clothing looking like they know their way round the kitchen. While the dishes may not boast the fanciest of ingredients or complex techniques, they deliver a slice of authentic, hearty Kiwi comfort food. 

Other highlights in the book include Aaron Smith’s Honey-mustard Chicken, Owen Franks’ Macaroni Cheese and Adam Thomson’s Beef Fajitas and Smashed Guacamole. 

As the story unfolds, it’s evident that the young man’s culinary adventure wasn’t without its challenges. Reports suggest he navigated a maze of instructions, chopping and simmering his way to a beautifully layered lasagne. Though the outcome remains a mystery, the effort hopefully struck a chord with young Sophie who must surely appreciate the simplicity and sincerity of the gesture.

More to come. 

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