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…

Food : Masala Chops

For me this is the taste and smell of summer. Growing up in South Wellington these chops were always present at summer BBQ’s. This is not dainty or tidy food. You eat them with your hands, you will need a wet towel or a finger bowl afterwards. Real food, real mess, real yum. Ingredients –…

Food : Souvlaki Kebabs

I havent posted a recipe in a while. To be honest I often struggle to get excited about cooking in the summer. I end up having steak and salad or whatever and its not really anything to write about. I do however break out the BBQ more often which is always fun. A common recipe…

Beer, Music : Keep Beer Funky, Keep Music Evil

Keep Beer Funky , Keep Music Evil. It’s a bit of a motto for me. I once lived with a guy who had a badge with Keep Music Evil written on it. Ever since I have been taken with the line. Since I have added my thought on beer . Now I have designed a…

Food: Cherry Brandy

Out the front of my house is a sizable cherry tree. Its a wilding having sprouted up from a cherry stone no doubt dropped by a bird. The tree wasnt there 5 years ago but is now taller than the house! It fruits little sour cherries which have little flesh on their stones. Not much…

Food : Pottekaas

Like most people who travel to Brussels in search of Lambic and its surrounding culture I came back very much taken by the cheeses served alongside the beer . Most interesting to me was the pottekaas, a dip or spread that combines the tangy fresh cheese of the region with garlic, chives and lambic. Upon…

Food : In defense of British cookery

You hear it and see it so often. From the outright slanderous attack to damn with faint praise. You hear it from citizens of the world comfortable in their trendy fusion food moverments but also from the British themselves. British food is terrible. Or that is what we are all meant to think. Recently someone…

Food : Salsa Sauce

Its high summer which means tomatoes are cheap which means its time to make tomato sauce. I make a few varients, some using the smoker to add some earthy tang to proceedings. This one however plays on the flavours of a good Pico de Gallo Salsa. I call it Salsa Sauce but I suppose its…

Cider : Orchard Update

As we head towards the longest day I thought it might be worth a wee update on the orchard. The majority of my trees that went in mid winter were cider varieties and were first growths that are spending the summer developing roots and growing. However I did put in one Sturmer Pippin an old…

Food : Low and Slow BBQ Cabbage

Back in November I turned 40. To mark the occasion I threw a party in our barrel cellar . I did all the food and we had a feast. I cranked up the SnW offset smoker. Somewhat surprisingly the dish that left the biggest impression on people was the vegan BBQ main. Inspiration for this…