Posts from 2012


Read More Absolutely, fabulously - Wellington!

Posted on Mon, 02/04/2012

Rick is puddling around in our kitchen at home, cooking dinner, which is essentially going to be an experimentation based around some of the ideas on his list for the next cookschool series. I'm more than happy to be the...>>>

Read More Hot Cross Buns

Posted on Tue, 03/04/2012

I mentioned in an earlier blog that we'd called into Le Petit Four to get some of Dean's Hot Cross Buns, which we remember very favourably from his days at La Boulangerie, only to be told that he hadn't started making them...>>>

Read More Easter musings

Posted on Sun, 08/04/2012

I am not too far away from climbing on the spinner. Rick is out on his bike, and I would imagine its lovely out there as the sun finally sweeps all the clouds away, and shines benevolently down, but even so I still prefer...>>>

Read More The Table Comes First - Adam Gopnik

Posted on Tue, 10/04/2012

The blurb on the inside of the cover of this book states: 'Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing - "you still eat meat?". With our top chefs...>>>

Read More How to pour a glass of wine

Posted on Tue, 10/04/2012

This link was sent to me by Chris, with the tongue in cheek suggestion that we should have one at the bar at Somerset. A little too time consuming methinks to be practical, but quite gorgeous all the same. I am fascinated...>>>

Read More Technology

Posted on Sat, 14/04/2012

In the good old days, when we first opened the restaurant, there were no such things as personal computors, desktop, laptop or otherwise, or mobile phones, smart or otherwise. Hard to believe in todays age I know, but true....>>>

Read More Nurture your creativity

Posted on Sun, 15/04/2012

I especially liked this blog today, in no small part becos of the photo of apple blossom. We're heading into autumn, and blossom like this is a distant memory. But also I particularly liked the words - nurture your ideas...>>>

Read More Changes in the world of food writing

Posted on Thu, 19/04/2012

Our world is changing, and the rate of that change is increasingly significantly. Old ways of doing things and communicating, previous business models, are all being upended and made obselete by the interconnectedness that...>>>

Read More Fleur

Posted on Fri, 20/04/2012

I walk every Wednesday morning with a very  wise woman, who's company and counsel I thoroughly enjoy, meaning I usually end up coming home more invigorated from the conversation than I do from any form of aerobic workout! By...>>>

Read More Extaordinary!

Posted on Fri, 20/04/2012

As Rick has just said over my shoulder watching, and that pretty much sums it up I feel. Why do they beach like that ...? But its reassurring to know that as a species, we can occasionally do the right thing,...>>>

Read More A lecture on creating the life we want to lead

Posted on Tue, 24/04/2012

I am in the middle of a torrid day at my desk. Tuesday is my bookwork day, and today feels especially involved, as I work my way to the bottom of the very long list of things I have to do. This lecture then, was a breath...>>>

Read More Courteney won at Foothills!

Posted on Tue, 24/04/2012

Copied from the Team Optum website - thats our girl in the middle!! Women Sweep Podium at Foothills Classic   An orange and black sweep at the Foothills Classic road race. Meanwhile, back on American soil,...>>>

Read More International perspective on NZ restaurants

Posted on Thu, 26/04/2012

The writer of this article is a Kiwi, now based overseas, and this is his perspective of a recent trip back to NZ and the restaurants he ate in,  up and down the country. I think it captures nicely the confidence and...>>>

Read More Memorial for Christopher Hitchens

Posted on Thu, 26/04/2012

A link to a memorial service that Vanity Fair held for the remarkable writer Christopher Hitchens who was my hero on so many levels......>>>

Read More Musical Joy in the Congo

Posted on Fri, 27/04/2012

You know - I had the audacity to go to bed last nite feeling a little blue and sorry for myself. We'd had a quiet nite in the restaurant, and a chance conversation with a gentleman who's opinion I value, had left me somewhat...>>>

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