Food : Pork Pie

There is something glorious about the simplicity of traditional pork pie. In effect it has two ingredients , the produce of a pig and wheat flour. We can allow ourselves a few spices , and a torn herb leaf or two, perhaps a few stock veg for the jelly but really it is the triumph…

Food : Spiced Lettuce Soup

Lettuce soup is a surprisingly divisive dish. There is something about taking a green we eat raw and cooking it that really upsets people. The reality is that like spinach, lettuce can work in both raw and cooked applications . I have a few old NZ cookbooks that feature recipes for lettuce soup and with…

Food : Home Washed Rind Cheese

While I don’t make cheese at home anymore , or indeed monger it for a living anymore , I do subvert it every now and then for fun. I love the funky, tangy, expressively fermented world of washed rind cheese. Washed rind cheese or, smear ripened to use the technical term, is a family of…

Food : Tomato Kasundi

This year I had a decent tomato harvest allowing me to make sauces and chutneys. Tomato Kasundi combines 2 of my favourite things , preservation by pickling or fermentation and the flavours of the Indian sub-continent . Kasundi is a chutney that comes in a number of forms but outside of the Indian community is…

The Year of the Garden

This year I have put a lot of effort into my veg garden. As the pandemic rages on, the world teeters on the edge of another world war and far right conspiracy theorists attempt sedition an hour down the road the garden seems like a good place to hide. New raised beds and lots of new…

Food : Crispy Tofu and Soba Noodle and Black Bean Salad

This pan Asian / fusion / café culture salad is very much my jam in the warmer months. In part inspired by the awesome Soba Noodle salad at Maranui/Queen Sallys with the addition of crispy tofu in a Korean bulgogi sauce . The deep fryer really helps the crispy tofu but I’m sure an air…

Cider : Vintage 2021

This year I invested in a scratter and press so I could start making cider. My trees are still too young to really provide any sensible quantities of fruit so I supplemented them with scrumped windfall fruit from trees I located around the village , I also put out a call on the community facebook…

Life : On mortality , mobility and riding a bike.

On mortality , mobility and riding a bike. My father died last year after a decade of creeping dementia. In his end he followed his mother right down to dyeing at the same 70 years of age. This weekend in particular I find myself missing him.Both my father and my grandfather were competitive road cyclists,…

Food : Stuffed Roast Brisket

Some of the saddest words in the English language are “roast chicken”. Roast dinners are important to me. They are an important part of my culture, both English and Pakeha. A Sunday roast is a common occurrence even when Im the only one at the dining table. They are an important meal of my childhood,…