Hot hands making hot bread
When talking to Paddy Griffiths in the late afternoon you might find he sounds like he’s just had a moe. And he probably has. When you’re starting work at 2am in the morning it’s to be expected that you’re going to fade later in the day.
But that’s the price you pay when you want to produce the freshest bread on Waiheke Island.
Paddy and his wife Hinemoa Elder run Ringawera, a boutique bakery that supplies retail outlets on the island and throughout the country.
The name Ringawera, or hot hands, is a well-known term for those doing the Hot hands making hot breadwork out in the marae kitchen. The couple liked the concept as a name as it describes what they do and how they do it.
“We always had this idea that work that we did was about fast hands, about hands moving quickly and hands that are hot because of that speed. Working in a kitchen and even more so in a bakery, you’ve got to move very quickly. You can’t dawdle with it. It’s about pace and intensity and thinking on your feet. You need to be very, very alert to what’s going on around you. The idea of Ringawera held true.
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