Food : Fermented Chilli Sauce

When my chilli plants start to yield fruit I tend to start making fermented sauces based on tobasco or sriracha. I make both green and red versions. The use of capsicum means you can control the heat. The ferment slowly transforms the raw heat of the chili and garlic and produces lactic acid. They are…

Food : Curry Goat

Woody’s Farm has been fighting the good fight for ethical meat up the road longer than we have been brewing in Waikanae. They have transitioned from farm to butchery and charcuterie and are producing delicious things from truly free range pigs, cows, alpacas and goats. I do the odd web order and fill the freezer….

Music : It’s Me God

The world is full of music that is criminally underrated. Genius seethes and simmers in the shadows as the world convulses to the latest pan flashing identikit pop sensation. Breach is high on the list of gems people don’t seem to know about. Hailing from LuleĆ„ Sweden Breach formed part of the Burning Heart Swedish…

Music : Dark Buddha Rising

Sometimes it can seem like the music I listen to all stems from the 90’s and before. However I do at times jolt myself out of middle age nostalgia . One of the bands to have really grabbed my attention recently has been Finnish stoner / doom / drone / post Black metal outfit Dark…

Beer : From the Past

I love vintage strong beers. Last Feb I was given the amazing opportunity to drink a bottle of 1977 Bass Jubilee Ale with Stu. In November Tosh gave me a bottle of Ushers Celebration Ale , which was brewed in 1981 to celebrate the wedding of Charles and Diana. Ushers were a family brewer based…

Food : Beef Rendang

The smell of this slowcooked Indonesian beef curry is one of my favourite things, up there with the smell of Pho. I first had proper Rendang at a now closed Malasian Restaurant in Cuba St where we dined once and allowed the chef to choose the menu. I have been trying to make mine as…

Beer : No fun at all

Beer is meant to be fun. Everyone knows that . It’s an intrinsic part of beer. The beer writers tell us that as they attempt to steer the conversation down cheery beery lines. Beer is meant to be fun. The retailers tell us that as brighlty coloured , cartoon canned, fruit flavoured , alcoholic water…

Music : My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Wax Trax! years

In the mid 90’s I was flicking through the Wellington City Library cd shelves when I stumbled upon an interesting looking album named Confessions of a Knife by the even more interestingly named group My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. My teenage metal head interest was sparked . I took out the album and…

Music : Virus 100 – in praise of covers

It seems to be all the rage to hate covers these days. I bloody love them. Or more specifically I love them when a band takes a song and warps its , molds it, transforms it to become something new. If no one hates it its probably not that good. In an age before digital…