It’s Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week – in New Zealand, which is as good a time as any to learn some useful words and phrases for your favourite kitchen activities. My te reo skills have not advanced since I was about seven years old (kia ora Miss Jones, you were SO ahead of your time), so thanks to the excellent team at Good Bitches Baking for the following handy list.
Kupu Kāuta – Kitchen Terms
Baking – Pēkena
Baking tin – Tini keke
Biscuit – Pihikete
Butter – Pata
Bowls – Rīhi
Bread – Parāoa
Cake – Keke
Cocoa – Kōkō
Cups – Kapu
Egg – Hēki
Electric hand beaters – Kōheri
Flour – Puehu parāoa
Food processor – Nakunaku kai
Icing sugar – Huka puehu
Measuring cups – Kapu ine
Spatula – Pātura
Sugar – Huka
Tihi – Cheese
Personally, I’m tickled at the realisation that the word for spatula, pātura, probably comes from the word patu – which is either used as a verb meaning to strike or beat, or as a noun meaning club or weapon. But that’s just me. If you’re new to te reo, check out this list of 50 Māori words that every New Zealander should know (they’re not related to cooking, but they’re very useful to know!)
Because cooking is rarely a solo activity, these phrases might also come in handy for you and your helpers:
Be careful – Kia tūpato
Clean the bench – Horoia te raumanga
Do you need help? – He āwhina māu?
How is it going? – E pēhea ana te haere?
How long is that going to take? – E hia te roa o tēnā mahi?
I need some help – Homai koa he āwhina
It needs more flavour – Me whakareka ake
That looks great – He āhua teka tēnā
That smells great – He kakara tēnā
That tastes great – He reka tēnā