Posts from 2009


Read More Defining a successful restaurant

Posted on Thu, 02/04/2009

We've just been watching Gordon Ramsay on TV ,even though I'm distinctly off him since the revelations about his female on the side - and even though I was never particulary impressed by the American series where he goes...>>>

Read More More on El Bulli

Posted on Fri, 03/04/2009

Previously I've written about the connundrum that El Bulli represents to Rick  and I in terms of the style of food that it serves - this whole concept of molecular gastronomy is one that we don't pretend to have got...>>>

Read More Free Range Farms

Posted on Sat, 04/04/2009

We are having a nice Saturday nite at the restaurant - and by that I mean we're full ( which is always a positive start to proceedings!), and there is a lovely low hum of conversation, from relaxed people who are enjoying...>>>

Read More State of the Australian wine market

Posted on Tue, 07/04/2009

A somewhat sobering appraisal from Jancis Robinson on the state of the Australian wine market -...>>>

Read More The Secret Life of the Seine - Mort Rosenblum

Posted on Tue, 07/04/2009

We have had the good fortune to do 2 major trips to Europe in the last few years - each based around 2 weeks of cookschools. The first was in rural Tuscany at a gorgeous Podere outside the small village of Asciano. The second...>>>

Read More Te A Tour

Posted on Tue, 14/04/2009

We've just had a huge weekend, and its had absolutely nothing to do with the Jazz Festival that has filled Tauranga and the Mount with happy people. Rick and I didn't get to see any of the music, becos we were heading over...>>>

Read More Waiting for puppies

Posted on Wed, 15/04/2009

My siblings and I, all had to do Speech and Drama when we were growing up. Something I never showed any real aptitude for, being the type of personality who is too rooted in my present to ever be able to indulge in the flights...>>>

Read More Worm Farm

Posted on Thu, 16/04/2009

One of the unexpected, positive side effects of the cookschools, has been the amount that Rick and I have learnt from people who come to the classes. We've seen a hugely varied group of people over the years that we've been...>>>

Read More Olives - The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit - Mort Rosenblum

Posted on Sat, 18/04/2009

Yet another single subject book that is truly fascinating in its scope and the degree  of detail that it covers, while written in an engaging and easy to read style. As I understand it, Mort Rosenblum is an American...>>>

Read More Puppies!

Posted on Fri, 24/04/2009

The puppies are here, and have quite successfully turned Rick and I into gooey eyed bores!. They are simply the most beautifully adorable things I've ever seen. Kazza is proving to be a spectacular mother - the power of the...>>>

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