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…

Music : Today is the Day Willpower

Through the 90’s the Amphetamine Reptile label helped to launch a diverse quirky assult on the world’s eardrums. The bands, who all had origins in the punk and metal world, came to be known as noise core. My favorite of these acts is Today is the Day. Everything was outside the norm with TITD. They…

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 Luleå Sweden Breach formed part of the Burning Heart Swedish…