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,…

Food : Carbonnade de Gibier

The great pestilence has caused me to up my online purchasing. I recently discovered that Premium Game have a webstore. I used to enjoy cooking with wild meats when I lived in town and could source them from Moore Wilsons. Finding I can get deliveries of game to my door is a bit of a…

Food : Waterzooi Sint-Jakobsschelpen

I have been in a real Belgian beer and food mood recently. On the food front the turning seasons have favoured the hearty yet delicate flavours and on the beer front I increasingly have lost any enthusiasm for new world hops and now drink mainly traditional English Belgian and German beer. If I were out…

Music : Potion

It was only 2 months ago. Just a fortnight before the country went into level 4 lockdown, but it feels like it was a year ago. I took a weeks leave to make the most of a string of gigs I had tickets for starting with the Obey the Riff Festival, the next day at…

Food: Boulettes Agneau Chèvre à la Sauce Bière

A little over a year ago I ended my northern hemisphere trip with 2 nights in Brussels. I had been hoping to return north next year but the current situation puts a pretty big question mark over that. On my first night in Brussels I visted the wonderful if challenging to pronounce restaurant Nuetnigenough where…

Food : Cheese Potato and Onion Pie

Back in my cheesemonger days I used deal with expat Englishman Joe Whalley who with his partner Jill runs Mount Eliza Cheese. Since then they have led the campaign to allow NZ cheesemakers to make unpasteurized cheese. Back when I sold their cheese selling English style cheese beyond cheddar was a hard road. I hope…

Food: Baked Chicken Parma

This owes more to the pubs of Melbourne than to anything in Italy. Chicken Parma is an Aussie pub classic, chicken schnitzel breaded, fried and served with ham , tomato sauce and cheese. This baked version avoids having to egg and bread . Every recipe you find says to use breast. However Im with Chinese…