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What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

A review on that board might be good. There are tumbleweeds and crickets there right now. The only people who post to it are people travelling to NZ and asking where to eat.

This is the restaurant I really want to go to but need to talk the bloke into going to a game restaurant. Maybe next year! http://huntgatherfeed.com It's been around since the eighties and the offspring of the original owners have recently taken it over, refreshed the menu and thrown out the eighties furniture. The food has always been good but off-puttingly heavy - a massive piece of meat with a rich sauce. Now it's supposed to be much lighter but still fantastic.

Jun 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

That's exactly what I was thinking of getting.

Jun 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

Not very exciting fare here. Last night a gift from the MIL of a pea soup was a rare dud. She's a soup queen and it's the first time one of her soups hasn't been to our liking. We ditched it (very guiltily) and made Fuchsia Dunlop's Emergency midnight noodles. I'm not sure what to tell the MIL when she asks if we enjoyed it. I even purchased a nice dry sherry to serve it with at her insistence.

Tonight I'm suffering from a mild cold so the bloke will be cooking. Another night of a big plate of brussel sprouts. We might chop up some of my homemade bacon and add crisped bits to serve. It's Friday here so wine will be flowing. I'm sure it will numb the sore throat.

Tomorrow we're out to dinner here http://molten.co.nz . This was a great place to go 6 years ago before we left on our travels so it will be interesting to see if it's still good. It will be our first child-free evening in well over a year. No doubt we'll spend our evening discussing the child!

Jun 19, 2014
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What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

Wow! Nice spread!

Jun 19, 2014
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What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

Last night was Jerusalem artichoke soup. Delicious but rough on the stomach.

Tonight it's Chinese. I finally purchased a wok so I'm stir frying some garlic stems with bacon. Steamed squash with chilli bean sauce will accompany.

Jun 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

We love tempeh but it's hard to get here. I just deep fry it and serve it with kecap manis.

Jun 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Fermented tofu chicken is dinner tonight (again). It's such a delicious flavour and so moist that it's a staple in our house now thanks to Gio.

A salad of golden beets from our garden alongside. Orange and lemon segments and black olives give it a punch - as well as the ground cumin, coriander and sweet smoked paprika dressing.

Edamame beans are also on the plate because I'm craving green right now. An eclectic meal for sure!

Jun 16, 2014
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Imperial v. Metric issue

Another volume issue - not all cups are the same size. I bought a cup measure when living in Singapore and discovered they say a cup is 200mls. Quite different to the 250mls we say equates to a cup in New Zealand.

Jun 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Comfort food tonight. We have some pork and sambuca flavoured sausages a friend makes on hand. I'll crumble these and fry the filling. Potato gnocchi will be mixed through. A couple of handfuls of finely chopped parsley will be added. Parmesan and olive oil to serve. There's cos lettuce so we'll probably do a green salad as well.

Jun 13, 2014
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Imperial v. Metric issue

I've grown up with metric weight measurements in recipes and find them far easier.

I find it tricky following American baking recipes. I'm stumped as to how to measure a cup of butter. Unless your butter is extremely soft how do you make that accurate? As for recipes that use a stick of butter - I have no idea what that is as butter doesn't come packaged that way where I live.

I would convert your recipes to weight and note down metric and imperial. Seeing both side by side may help you get comfortable with metric.

Jun 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

I hope things look up for you quickly.

Jun 12, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

Good to hear you're off to the doctor if it hasn't improved. The bloke had one recently he ignored and burst an eardrum. It was very painful and caused permanent hearing damage.

Jun 12, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

Sounds like a perfect evening. Those meals look outstanding.

Jun 12, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

Last night we ate Japanese dishes. Agedashi tofu and miso glazed aubergine. It was a nice meal but I think I should have done something green to accompany it - edamame beans perhaps.

Tonight it's Tex-Mex I believe. I'm trying to make green chilli and am very loosely following a Jamie Oliver recipe from his America book. I'm substituting tomatillos from our summer growing efforts for the red tomatoes in Jamie's recipe. I'm also going to add a good couple of handfuls of fresh coriander as I trimmed a plant back today that was starting to go to seed. We've never eaten chilli before (red or green) so with no point of reference I'll just keep tweaking the flavours until we think it's tasty - even if not authentic.

Jun 12, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

Here's a blog with it on. Like the blogger we often use more beef and chilli bean paste than the recipe calls for. http://www.kitchenchick.com/2013/02/

Jun 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

Tonight I'm attempting to use up some celery. It's growing very well in our garden. I'm doing a Fuchsia Dunlop recipe where the blanched celery is fried with beef mince and chilli bean paste. We've made it before and it's delicious. Salty and spicy with a lovely crunch from the celery and richness from the beef.

We'll also have her addictive sour and hot silken tofu. It's been too long since we last made it.

There'll be a Bloody Mary to start. All good spicy flavours tonight. Yesterday's storm has passed but it still feels damp and chilly so a spicy menu should perk us up.

Jun 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

Wonderful sounding meal.

Jun 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

The onions must have been used last week so I threw some olives on instead. We also opted to do a galette style dish instead of a calzone so we could get some browning on the cheese and broccoli. Not bad.

Jun 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

It's pouring with rain here today so I'm not venturing out to purchase ingredients. Dinner will be what's on hand.

I'm going to use up the leftover pizza dough by making a calzone. I have some broccoli, some goat's cheese and I think I'll caramelise some onions for it.

I might ask the bloke to pick up some vodka on the way home. I'm craving a bloody Mary for some reason. His are very heavy on lime and tabasco.

Jun 09, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

Last night we made pizzas. The three year old had ham, salami, olives and capers on hers. The bloke opted for salami and chilli and I made a white pizza. Grated zucchini, salted and squeezed, lots of garlic and olive oil to serve (no cheese on mine).

Tonight we'll either make a calzone with the left over dough or take the sprog out for dinner to a sushi train (her favourite place to eat) as a reward for improved table manners. She's learning to stay at the table until she has finished eating and then say 'may I be excused' which comes out as 'cuse me'. Close enough.

Jun 08, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

It's a seafood extravaganza here tonight as the bloke is off watching England play the All Blacks. Rugby is NZ's most popular sport so it's a big deal for him to have a night out with mates at the game.

The three year old and I are celebrating a night without the seafood hater and have purchased a kg (2 pounds) of tua tua (a type of NZ clam) and a small crayfish (rock/spiny lobster?). We'll start with the tua tua. They'll be steamed open with some white wine and shallots. Butter will be added to the liquid and it will be reduced after the tua tua have been removed.
A baguette will be served with them to dip in the juices. There will be some sort of salad alongside.

The crayfish will be served with butter and lemon. The bloke added to my bounty - a mini bottle of veuve clicquot. I'm a happy camper tonight.

Jun 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

That pizza looks wonderful.

Jun 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

After what seemed like an eternity of leftovers from the dinners we hosted over the long weekend we are finally back to fresh produce.

We're suffering meat fatigue so dinner is just a big bowl of brussel sprouts. Halved, browned, a bit of chicken stock and capers added and a very generous sprinkle of parmesan to serve.

Jun 04, 2014
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Learned from experience?

1. Make sure you start out with a pot or a pan that's big enough to let the food have space to cook.

2. Start the water boiling early for pasta/noodles/vegetables because when you are using a big pot it takes ages to boil.

Jun 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

That reminds me of a night spent in Malaysia listening to a conversation between a Chinese Malaysian, a Malay and an Indian Malaysian about what time of the day to eat what food. After much debate and many drinks the eventually agreed on Indian for breakfast (dosa and tea), Malaysian for lunch and Chinese for dinner.
Enjoy your meal!

Jun 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #303 - School's Out for Summer! Edition [through June 3, 2014]

Last night we had friends over, they're in the middle of kitchen renovations and have been living on take-outs for a month or so.

Pre-dinner nibbles were olives, meatballs, fries chorizo chunks and some of my Italian aubergine preserves.

As they have a child they had to get home to bed at a reasonable hour we kept the evening short went straight from nibbles into the main menu. Dishes mainly came from or were inspired by Rick Stein's Spain.
Chicken picada
Patata bravas
Hot Cabbage and chorizo salad
Green beans and mustard (from River Cafe)

All good, although I over cooked the chicken a bit.

It's a long weekend (Queen's Birthday Weekend - we share Harter's Queen and it's not even her actual birthday) so more folk are due to visit for dinner. The bloke has requested BBQ. So he's making the decisions while I help out.

May 31, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

I'll check Hinterland out, thanks for the recommendation.

May 29, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

I think it must be the same thing. They were wonderful. Welcome back from holiday!

May 29, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

How awful about the caregiver. It must feel like such a betrayal of trust. I hope you find a new more trustworthy caregiver quickly.

Dinner sounds delicious.

May 29, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

I'm still stuck on the Brazil resemblance. Too funny.

May 29, 2014
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