Posts from 2009


Read More Dogma

Posted on Sat, 01/08/2009

Michael Ruhlmans blog is one I refer to regularly, feeling that he has his finger on the pulse in terms of food and industry trends in America. He's a journalist, not a chef or restaurant owner, but one who decided that before...>>>

Read More Staff Changeover

Posted on Sun, 02/08/2009

I have just recieved an email from a lady in Argentina, who is heading to NZ in October and is looking for work, and wondered if we had anything to offer her. The email came in via the website so I assume she's done a google...>>>

Read More New Chiller

Posted on Wed, 05/08/2009

It can be strange - the things we get excited about in life... We are slowly but surely bringing together all the multiple strands required to get the "Somerset at Home' concept of the ground. A big step in that direction...>>>

Read More Apples

Posted on Thu, 06/08/2009

I have pretty much given up on eating apples over the last few years. Almost invariably they would be disapointingly floury textured when I bit in. Nothing like the ones I remember we used to get from an apple farm in Carterton,...>>>

Read More Girls can do anything!

Posted on Thu, 06/08/2009

We probably have the best kitchen team that we have ever had in all our 23 years here. They're a group of great people, who combine really well, all with different skills and strengths, but all of whom give us real depth....>>>

Read More Clevedon Farmers Market

Posted on Mon, 10/08/2009

It has been a busy few days!  Mondays, technically, are our day off, becos the restaurant is closed. Rick and  I normally head over to the Mount, do our exercise thing, have breakfast at Slowfish, watch the world...>>>

Read More New chiller - operational

Posted on Wed, 12/08/2009

The new chiller went operational today. During the cookschool this morning the compressor got installed, and everything fired up and worked. It is not an exageration to say - it is truly stunning! The kitchen staff cleared...>>>

Read More Progress with Somerset at Home

Posted on Sat, 15/08/2009

Sometimes I do truly feel that I have a guardian angel, cos when things get a bit frenetic in one aspect of my life, there always seem to magically evolve a balancing somewhere else. This week has been a bit like that...>>>

Read More My Fathers Shadow - A Portrait of Justice Peter Mahon - Sam Mahon

Posted on Sun, 16/08/2009

I'm not quite sure what prompted me to buy this book, but I do distinctly remember reading a Sunday paper review of it, a year or so ago,  and thinking that it was one I'd like to read, and the next time I was in Books...>>>

Read More Michael Pollans article in the NY Times on Julia Childs

Posted on Sun, 16/08/2009

As always, reading Michael Ruhlmans blog, leads me to other interesting places on the internet. This article by Michael Pollan, starts off as a dissertation on the importance of Julia Childs, and why the new movie about her...>>>

Read More Alinea and a different way of plating food

Posted on Sun, 16/08/2009

I'm currently catching up on some internet reading - its gray and miserable outside, and I'm not feeling very disposed to do anything really - so flitting around various posts is working for me right now. Thought this little...>>>

Read More To make you smile

Posted on Wed, 19/08/2009

Some things you just have to share...>>>

Read More My ring

Posted on Sat, 22/08/2009

We are at the tail end of a Saturday nite - all mains are out and most tables are on coffee, so I've beaten a retreat to the house becos I've become redundant. Its been an early nite, cos the All Blacks are playing in Australia,...>>>

Read More Restaurant Competitions

Posted on Mon, 24/08/2009

The annual blitzkeig of media pronouncements on the Significance and Importance of Cuisine Magazines annual Restaurant of the Year competition, is currently doing the rounds. I'm picking  up on it thru a number of different...>>>

Read More Coleraine Auction

Posted on Fri, 28/08/2009

 Many years ago, a customer sold us 2 bottles from about 9 consequetive vintages of Stony Ridge Larosse, and we did a evening in the restaurant, tasting the wines. Steve Bird led the discussions as I recall. For me...>>>

Read More Liquer Range

Posted on Sat, 29/08/2009

This wasn't technically a complaint,  but I interpreted it as such becos I didn't have something the customer wanted, and I think it was a valid request. Tried to talk him into some locally produced artisanal eau de...>>>

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