The librarian grandmother turned cook on social networks

Eltham Librarian Annitta Johnston-Pulham loves cooking and books.  So her videos combined her two favorite things.

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Eltham Librarian Annitta Johnston-Pulham loves cooking and books. So her videos combined her two favorite things.

A librarian who started making favorite recipe videos for her grandchildren is now learning to cook across South Taranaki.

Annitta Johnston-Pulham, 65, is the star of a series of cooking videos posted on the South Taranaki District Libraries facebook page.

The Eltham-based librarian now finds herself recognized in the community by people for her culinary prowess, as well as her book work.

Her most popular video to date is about pancakes – which were eagerly tested by her camera assistant, Ataahua, her 10-year-old granddaughter.

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The opportunity to combine her two favorite things – cooking and books – arose because she needed a library-centric activity that she could pursue while working from home during the Covid-19 lockdowns. 19 and when his family isolated themselves when several people had Covid.

Johnston-Pulham has four children, 27 mokopuna (grandchildren) and nine great-grandchildren, and had previously made short videos for them in her kitchen.

“Most of my grandchildren live in Auckland. It’s easier for me to make a video and throw it on Facebook, then all the grandkids can pick it up.

Cooking was an integral part of life for a large family, she says.

“It’s more economical and I like to cook. Cooking is like an artistic outlet, it’s not a chore.

Along with methods and steps for making favorites like hot rolls and pumpkin soup, she gives tips on how to save money and avoid waste when making stock vegetables, and how to disguise vegetables for children to eat.

Johnston-Pulham shares tips for saving money and making food healthier in his videos.

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Johnston-Pulham shares tips for saving money and making food healthier in his videos.

Recipes like banana cake can be made healthier and more economical by halving the sugar in the recipe, and adding cauliflower to macaroni and cheese was a good way to get kids to eat veggies, he said. she declared.

Besides being cheaper, it was easier and better to cook yourself, she said.

“Nowadays it’s very easy to get around and get takeout, but I think it’s important to learn how to cook.”

Doing meal prep in the morning was a tip for busy people.

“Often when you get home you are tired and you don’t want to spend an hour and a half in the kitchen before eating, but if the preparation is finished, dinner is ready in two an hour, and you can wait too long time.

Johnston-Pulham still makes videos for her family, but isn’t sure if she will continue to make videos for library patrons.

She works between the Eltham and Kaponga libraries and enjoys getting back to normal routines.

“I love my job, it’s a wonderful job, I work with my other favorite thing, books.”

The videos are on the South Taranaki Library Plus Facebook page.