Monday, September 18, 2006

Food, Food & More Food

Video's Of Recipes

There is approx. 34 Chelsea Sugar recipes which feature in the video's.
Having a quick look thru the list of recipes, I can see 3 classic's my Mother used to make - Anzac Biscuits, Hokey Pokey Biscuits & Banana Cake !!! (That's if the little monkey didn't eat the banana's first !!! hehe)

Wild Food Ideas from Monteith's Brewhouse

The following are some of the dishes cooked up in the Monteith's Beer & Wild Food Challenge.

Lonely Man's Mountain Love, sounds like...........??? In actually fact it is a campside ragout of mountain thar, mushrooms & shallots served with piripiri mash and rewena bread, washed down with a beer called Celtic from the Monteith's range of beers.

Tua Good To Bee True - Hearty west coast boil-up with smoked kina, sea lettuce dumplings and rustic flax seed bread, washed down with a beer called Original.

Curry Muncher - Three curries - duck, feral boar and Nelson scallops with wild and basmatic rice, washed down with a beer called Pilsner.

Dundee's Revenge - Peppered croc fillet with akadjura-dusted prawns washed down with a Pilsner

The Roar & The Squeal - Venison mole, wild pork blood pudding with tamarillo jam and juniper sugar-cured venison loin, washed down with a Celtic.

Grubby Wild Pig - Wild pork belly with horopito, lightly smoked & braised on ureneka gnocchi grubs with fennel and piko piko slaw, washed down with a Pilsner.

The Auckland Seafood Festival

September 30th & October lst

The festival is a celebration of cuisine from the water surrounding our shores and includes crayfish, whitebait, oysters, mussels, scallops and many more delicious seafood delicacies matched with the prefect wine or beer to wash it down. The festival offers exclusive cooking classes with well known NZ chef's like Geoff Scoot, owner of Vinnie's restaurant in Herne Bay; guest appearances by celeb's, including Graeme Sinclair from TV3's Gone Fishing, plus music from The Warratahs, Ladi 6 and One Million Dollars - the group, not the money. It is been held on Saturday 30th Sept & Sunday lst October. More details on their website The Auckland Seafood Festival

I am on a see-food diet - see food & eat it !!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Kumara is also known as sweet potato. It has been grown and eaten in New Zealand since Kupe brought it here from Hawaiki in the tenth century. The earliest variety was bushy with very small tubers, but a bigger sweet potato was introduced later. Growing on a creeping vine, it became known as kumara and is the one we now eat. The majority of our kumara is grown in Northland in the Northern Wairoa region where soil type and climatic conditions suit kumara perfectly.The most common kumara variety is Owairaka Red - red-skinned with creamy white flesh (also sold as Red).Gold kumara (also sold as Toka Toka Gold) has golden skin and flesh and a sweeter taste. Orange kumara (sometimes sold as Beauregarde) is the sweetest, with rich orange flesh.

Puha or Rauriki is a green vegetable native to New Zealand. It was one of the staple green vegetables of the Maori people and is still eaten today. Puha can be found growing wild. The ‘smooth’ leaved puha is the most popular. The slightly bitter and ‘prickly’ leaved puha is also eaten. Whilst it is not grown commercially it is occasionally available and there is certainly demand for it in some areas.