Posts from 2011


Read More Top Chef is bad for young chefs

Posted on Thu, 03/11/2011

I do realise that it is a bit of a constant  theme running thru many of my blogs to have a whinge at the perception generated by a lot of the shows on TV, that cooking professionally is a glamourous, high profile job,...>>>

Read More Stephanie Alexanders, The Cooks Companion

Posted on Sat, 05/11/2011

During the cookschool lunch yesterday, the conversation I had with one of the guests ended up with her describing a chicken recipe to me in Stephanie Alexander's truly epic cookbook, The Cooks Companion. Becos I respect...>>>

Read More Jose Andres

Posted on Sun, 06/11/2011

The more I read about this man, the more impressed I am. I've watched a couple of videos of him giving lectures at Harvard on food and science, and I've watched him at David Changs Momofuku restaurant at about 2am in the...>>>

Read More Tour of Southland

Posted on Tue, 08/11/2011

Our daughters sporting endeavours have seen the financial benevolence and support from a number of people over the years, who have stepped up and supported them at times when their parents financial wherewithal was stretched...>>>

Read More McDonalds

Posted on Thu, 10/11/2011

A sobering visual of the number of McDonalds outlets covering America.... Fast food reigns!...>>>

Read More Ellsgrove Olive Oil

Posted on Thu, 10/11/2011

Apparently I am anti industry competitions. Apparently thru my blogs I have conveyed the impression that I don't rate competitions as necessarily being of relevance! It would be quite true to say that I have been known...>>>

Read More But I want a 'special' table!

Posted on Thu, 17/11/2011

I quite inadvertently upset a customer last night, within minutes of arriving at the restaurant. When she and her partner arrived, shortly after I had also got to work, I took them down to the table noted in the book as being...>>>

Read More Mondovino - the series

Posted on Fri, 18/11/2011

I really don't know where to start about this series. It has been my idea of bliss, to watch the full 10 hours of viewing over the week, and revel in the depiction of the scope of the wine world that it covers. From the Mondavi's...>>>

Read More Photographs

Posted on Sun, 20/11/2011

Chris sent me this link to some quite stunning photos, which are inspiring in a week that I'm struggling with my photography homework. Wish they'd also post the shutterspeeds and aperature settings they used......>>>

Read More Article on coffee.

Posted on Mon, 21/11/2011

As people arrive for cookschools we always offer them a coffee, and Rick and I stand behind the espresso machine for the first 10 mins or so making coffees. The vast majority of people have one - variations on the white...>>>

Read More Martinborough Wine and Food Festival

Posted on Tue, 22/11/2011

 A sad commentary on the evolution of the Martinborough Wine and Food Festival, or rather, the people going to the festival.  For some years during the late nineties, we joined a number of other couples from Tauranga...>>>

Read More Cooking tips

Posted on Wed, 23/11/2011

Just in from a walk - unfortunetely the wind is back and I got blown around a bit out there, which is fine when its at your back, but a bit more of a challenge when its front on... Catching up on some internet reading before...>>>

Read More Warning signs

Posted on Sat, 26/11/2011

This is appropos of nothing really, but some of the following photos of warning signs came thru in an email from a gentleman who's delightful sense of humour causes me many a chuckle at my desk... These somewhat took my...>>>

Read More Men In the Kitchen

Posted on Sat, 26/11/2011

I really do need to go for a walk, becos have a group coming in early tonite and need to be back in time to feel organised... But before I brace myself to do battle with the wind, I've been trying to sort thru my inbox and...>>>

Read More Toddler violinist

Posted on Tue, 29/11/2011

My dentist plays Andre Rieu DVDs when I'm in the chair, and I've never quite had the heart to tell Kevin that I find Andre just  too nice for my somewhat prickly sensibilities.  However, that said, even I had to...>>>

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