Posts from 2009


Read More Digital Photography

Posted on Tue, 03/02/2009

I have spent a reasonable amount of today flicking back thru old photographs - both on the computor and in a box under my desk. Digital photography constantly amazes me with both its immediacy in terms of the gratification...>>>

Read More Jancis Robinson

Posted on Wed, 04/02/2009

Jancis Robinson is an English wine critic who I've long admired. I remember watching a BBC production years ago, that she did about apreciating wine, and decided back then that I liked her direct and honest approach. There...>>>

Read More Changes to the menu

Posted on Thu, 05/02/2009

I am just about to head over to the restaurant for evening service  - and becos we're not too busy tonite,  will probably only stay for awhile, before I leave things to Rhonda. We have a large catering job in Opito...>>>

Read More The Joys of Airconditioning

Posted on Sun, 08/02/2009

It is hot!  Not as hot as in Australia admittedly, but nonetheless, hot by our standards. In the old kitchen, here at the restaurant, our heat extraction used to be totally inefficent, and the temperature in there used...>>>

Read More More on Molecular Gastronomy

Posted on Tue, 10/02/2009

As I've written previously, molecular gastronomy is not something that Rick or I have embraced as yet. We haven't had the opportunity  so far, to eat at one of the restaurants that are considered world leaders in this...>>>

Read More An amazing man

Posted on Sat, 14/02/2009

Home alone today - Courteneys racing over in Te Awamutu in a 2 day tour, and Hannahs up in the Coromandel doing a 24 hour bush trek, as part of her training for the 4 person adventure racing team she's just got into, and...>>>

Read More Bird Wines, winemaker dinner 17 February 2009

Posted on Wed, 18/02/2009

We had a winemakers dinner with Steve and Caroline Bird, from Bird Wines last nite. Steve had a number of wine styles that he wanted to showcase, so we delved into 'The French Laundry ' cookbook for inspiration for a series...>>>

Read More Pesto and Pasta made properly

Posted on Thu, 19/02/2009

Via Michael Ruhlmans blog I got to watch this video of a passionate Italian chef making pesto creamier than I've ever seen it, and with some fascinating asides about the importance of soaking the basil, and putting wine in...>>>

Read More Mating our pooch

Posted on Fri, 20/02/2009

We had a cookschool today - we're now well into the current series, and we're enjoying the food and the people. And the wine, Mt Difficulty Target Gully Riesling. One of my life's missions is to try to convince people that...>>>

Read More Top 50 Food Blog Writers

Posted on Fri, 20/02/2009

When a query arises about a recipe  these days, more often than not Rick and I tend to head to the internet rather than to our extensive book and magazine library. There is a massive worldwide community out there of...>>>

Read More Home alone!

Posted on Sat, 28/02/2009

Both our daughters left home this week - Hannah returning to Auckland for her second year of study, and Courteney going to Waikato where she will study and train. She is happily ensconced in Bryant Hall I'm happy to now report,...>>>

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