Posts from 2010


Read More Kitchen Aid Mixers

Posted on Mon, 03/05/2010

As a college student I used to bake for a few of Mums friends, as a way of earning some income. When I think about it now, I don't recall ever reimbursing my parents for the ingredients that I would have used - but that would...>>>

Read More Female Winemakers

Posted on Tue, 04/05/2010

This link to an article on the significance of female winemakers in the NZ wine industry comes as no surprise to me. Two of my favourite wineries that we list at the restaurant are the Richardson lineup and also Odyssey,...>>>

Read More Flour

Posted on Tue, 04/05/2010

I'm not far from heading over to the restaurant - we are very quiet tonite which never exactly thrills me, but it will allow Rick and I to sit down and do some work on menus for a couple of functions that we have coming up,...>>>

Read More Rice Pudding

Posted on Wed, 05/05/2010

Quite what inspired the need for some rice pudding this afternoon I'm not sure - but it suddenly occurred to me that it'd be a nice thing to have a bowlful of, before we headed over to the restaurant for evening service....>>>

Read More Mothers Day

Posted on Sun, 09/05/2010

I have just put down Alan Bennetts " Writing Home" to tackle this blog, and that is possibly not a clever idea, becos Alan Bennett is one of my favourite authors, simply becos he is so good at what he does. I admire his skill...>>>

Read More Beetroot

Posted on Sun, 09/05/2010

I had a beetroot salad recently and the beetroot just didn't quite taste right. Decided later that it must have been boiled - becos the flavours were flat and muddied, and there was no sweetness. So when I went to cook some...>>>

Read More Oolong Tea

Posted on Tue, 11/05/2010

We have a customer who's first job was as a tea taster in Ceylon. Not your average kind of occupation, and I'd known Colin for a number of years, in his more conventional role as a corporate accountant before he told me about...>>>

Read More Video of the Motu

Posted on Tue, 18/05/2010

The local Kaimai Classic multisport race was on last weekend, and for the first time in a number of years, none of our family was in attendance. Hannah had been planning on doing the whole thing herself, and we were support...>>>

Read More Te Whare Ra Toru

Posted on Tue, 18/05/2010

I have had my normal bookwork Tuesday, alleviated somewhat by a catchup lunch with some friends in town, that allowed a pleasant break in all that I needed to plow thru. Now nearly time to head over to the restaurant for...>>>

Read More Lunch today

Posted on Thu, 20/05/2010

While Rhonda is on holiday, I'm covering her Thursday lunch shift, and Roz is doing Wednesday and Friday. Its a long time  since I've fronted lunchtime - mainly becos I'm usually tied up with cookschools when lunch is...>>>

Read More Croissant and Danish Pastry Making

Posted on Thu, 20/05/2010

Was following a series of comments of comment around the web, prompted by a blog from Michael Rulman discussing the behaviour of a journalist who, while dining in a restaurant with an open kitchen, took umbrage at the way...>>>

Read More The customer is not always right!

Posted on Sat, 29/05/2010

One of the inherent problems when it comes to wording dishes on the menu is that different words provoke different responses in people. It has always been our approach at Somerset to keep our descriptions fairly lean - we'd...>>>

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