Posts from 2009


Read More Amarcord - Marcella Hazan

Posted on Sat, 03/01/2009

Marcella Hazan was the first Italian food writer whose cookbooks we used back in the mid 80's when we started here at Somerset, and although our library has extended considerably since those days, it is still her...>>>

Read More Ma Gastronomie - Fernand Point

Posted on Tue, 06/01/2009

This is an old cookbook by a classicist French chef who died in the 1950's which has been republished, becos I suspect, some of the more reknown chefs in these current times, claim it as a seminal book in their...>>>

Read More Romanee-Conti - Richard Olney

Posted on Wed, 07/01/2009

Richard Olney is one of my foodwriting heros. I read his autobiography last year with a sense of umtrammeled delight, and in  response to that, tracked down the 2 books he'd written on 2 of the worlds greatest wines...>>>

Read More Catering

Posted on Mon, 12/01/2009

  We did our first big outcatering function for the year on Saturday nite. For reasons I don't fully understand all the catering jobs for this season are large - most of them well over 100 people. This one was extra...>>>

Read More Chris French

Posted on Thu, 15/01/2009

It is a warm, barmy evening and we have tables out on the deck enjoying the evening air - all in stark contrast to the torrential downpour of last nite. All tables are in, and orders are underway, and the booking that I...>>>

Read More Cherries

Posted on Fri, 16/01/2009

Rick made some menu changes last nite - the most obvious change was to move on from berry fruit into stone fruit which is now in plentiful supply. The strawberries that were  leftover in the chiller, I've made into icecream,...>>>

Read More Babette

Posted on Mon, 19/01/2009

We rolled out of bed yesterday and headed over to the Mount without paying much attention to the weather. Driving over the harbour bridge we commented on the ominous looking clouds rolling in, and by the time we got to Pilot...>>>

Read More Wild Garlic Gooseberries..and me - Denis Cotter

Posted on Wed, 21/01/2009

Denis Cotter owns a vegetarian restaurant in the city of Cork in Southern Ireland called, Cafe Paradiso. We have met him and his ex wife on a number of occasions when they were back in Tauranga visiting Bridgets relatives....>>>

Read More Paris to the Moon - Adam Gopnik

Posted on Sat, 24/01/2009

Have woken to intense blue skies,  much to my considerable relief. We are catering a large wedding in a marquee tonite, and as organised as you can aim to be, everything, but everything in these marquee weddings centers...>>>

Read More Yquem - Richard Olney

Posted on Mon, 26/01/2009

Richard Olney was an American who spent most of his life living in France, and who became a reknown expert on both cooking and French wine. His autobiography, ' Reflexions', which I've written about previously, was a fascinating...>>>

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