Posts from 2012


Read More How to feel better

Posted on Sat, 02/06/2012

Its been a rather stressful week, what with one thing and another, and we've woken up to a beautiful day, and coffee and the newspapers at the outside table. Have come into my desk, and clearing the inbox I was reading a...>>>

Read More Weight of the Nation

Posted on Sun, 03/06/2012

A lady I'm very fond of, came in for dinner at Somerset the other nite, and as I moved to greet her in the bar, I wondered what it was that was different about her. Hadn't seen her in awhile, and somehow there was something...>>>

Read More New Artwork

Posted on Tue, 05/06/2012

For the last couple of years we've had some original artwork painted by Raye Catran hanging in the restaurant, and I've recently taken that down and replaced it with some large framed photographs by Suzanne Williams. They...>>>

Read More Taste, what you're missing - Barb Stuckey

Posted on Thu, 07/06/2012

A confession. I've actually just curled up on the chair in the lounge that's catching some of the afternoon sun's rays, to start rereading this book. It is so loaded with information that I've decided my initial read was...>>>

Read More Perennial Plate Series

Posted on Fri, 08/06/2012

Because of our looming trip to Italy, Rick and I have been deliberately downsizing our day to day involvement with the restaurant, as a way of gently backing off. Soon we aren't going to be around for easy reference if the...>>>

Read More Dinner tonite!

Posted on Fri, 08/06/2012

Rick headed out for a run this afternoon and I got on the spinner  - and afterwards we sat down to a Somerset pie for dinner, and not having had a pie in ages I just have to share how good it was! We did baby versions...>>>

Read More Kiwifruit Tart

Posted on Sat, 09/06/2012

 My husband is seated in front of the TV watching the All Black / Ireland game. The restaurant was busier than I thought it would be, given this was the first outing of the All Blacks this year, but we weren't full and...>>>

Read More You are not special

Posted on Sun, 10/06/2012

I choose not to use this blog as a forum for whingeing about customers, becos apart from anything else, I happen to believe that negativity tends to begat negativity, so on the occasions that I need to clear crap out of my...>>>

Read More Healthy Food

Posted on Sun, 10/06/2012

I would never be so presumptuous as to tell others what to eat. Each to their own I say. I am however regularly surprised by some of the comments we get in the cookschools from people, on how they've changed the way they...>>>

Read More Caramel Slice

Posted on Fri, 15/06/2012

Rick drove up to Auckland today, to bring back a trailer load of Hannah and Andrews household effects. She's in the middle of exams, and when they're over, she and he will be moving out of the flat and flying over to meet...>>>

Read More It depends on the label

Posted on Sat, 16/06/2012

The answer returns us to the sensory limitations of the mind. If these blind testings teach us anything, it?s that for the vast majority of experts and amateurs fine-grained perceptual judgments are impossible. Instead,...>>>

Read More So far, so good!

Posted on Tue, 26/06/2012

Hard to believe that we are over one week into the trip already. It as been a full on few days, but we are now esconsed at Cascina Papaveri ( which I've had pointed out to me since arriving that I've been pronouncing incorrectly...>>>

Read More Week one of cookshools

Posted on Fri, 29/06/2012

We are already mid way thru our first week of cookschools which feels a little hard to comprehend. It is currently about 4pm and everyone has dispersed to their rooms after a late lunch ( everything is done 'late' here relative...>>>

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