Posts from 2009


Read More Nougat

Posted on Wed, 01/07/2009

I am the nougat maker in this business. Not quite sure why it has remained my domain - normally, as with the macarons, I may do the initial research and playing around, but there is always a point at which I hand  over...>>>

Read More 23 years ago...

Posted on Sat, 04/07/2009

I am just about to head over to the restaurant for dinner service. We're in for a busy Saturday nite, which is good, becos the start to the week was very quiet, and its always somewhat of a relief when the weekend sales pull...>>>

Read More NO. One The Strand

Posted on Sun, 05/07/2009

We've just got home from spending a very mellow couple of hours at No. One The Strand, somewhere we've been meaning to go for ages, and on a whim this morning, Rick decided to ring good friends and suggest a catch up. What...>>>

Read More Food Inc

Posted on Tue, 07/07/2009

There is a huge amount of comment about this movie in the blogshere - I'm not sure that I'll go to see it, becos graphic images of animals suffering takes me too far out of my comfort zone. But for all that I think the issues...>>>

Read More Island Coffee

Posted on Thu, 09/07/2009

It is a gloriously sunny afternoon, and the dogs are sprawled out on the floor having just come back up from a run down in the orchard. Days like this, its no problem having 3 dogs cos all the doors are thrown open and they...>>>

Read More Dog Point Winemakers Dinner, 9 July 2009

Posted on Fri, 10/07/2009

A gloriously sunny still day. Have just got back from the Mount, where I went alone cos Rick headed out on his bike. The Mount is full of families, with the school holidays currently on - and it's always fascinating to note...>>>

Read More Julia/Julie

Posted on Wed, 15/07/2009

 I am a huge Meryl Streep fan, and have read a number of books on Julia Childs - so the idea of watching a movie of Meryl Streep playing Julia Childs, is equivalent to my idea of heaven. Hopefully not too far away from...>>>

Read More Wine Options Finale

Posted on Thu, 16/07/2009

We won! A worthy boast, becos there was some pretty intense competition on the last nite, and we didn't perform that spectacularly,  but managed to hang on by a slim margin, which, fortuitously is all you need to win! Rick...>>>

Read More Septic tanks and soakholes

Posted on Fri, 17/07/2009

Been an interesting kind of afternoon... We had a cookschool this morning, and very pleasant it was too - a number of people who'd come with us on our trips to France and Italy happened to be in the class, which, given...>>>

Read More Tipping

Posted on Tue, 21/07/2009

Have made some gnocchi for Rick and I for dinner, and just waiting for the saucepan to come to the boil, so I can cook it...and ended up catching up on some reading, as you do. This Waiters Rant blog that I'm going to do...>>>

Read More Corked

Posted on Wed, 22/07/2009

 A new mockumentary that looks promising, becos it pokes the borax at the pretensions that build up in the wine industry - something that I trip over occasionally. Most of the wine makers that I know personally, are...>>>

Read More Paris

Posted on Tue, 28/07/2009

I'm sitting at my desk, contemplating a typical Tuesday, which revolves around all the start of week stuff - bookwork, throwing out opened wine at the restaurant, responding to the answerphone, and a myriad other small tasks...>>>

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