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help! long stay in wellington. where's the food?

really should look at the dates on these things before I post....... i'm talking to thin air. nothing new there then.

help! long stay in wellington. where's the food?

one more thing then i'll be quiet! that farmers market you mentioned- did you go beyond it and find the fishing boats- used to be a few there selling the mornings catch, although of course that was pretty early. not sure if that still happens, i've been away nearly a year.

help! long stay in wellington. where's the food?

Pizza Pomodoro is up there for good take away pizza- there are a couple of tables but its not really a restaurant, unless things have changed. Its up an alleyway off courtenay st, near dixon st deli if you havent found it yet.

Its not really a gourmet recommendation but if you want to do something different but not energetic get the ferry over to eastbourne for lunch on your day off. or petone, if the ferry stops there at the moment. 9as well as the places already mentioned, there are lots of good brunchy places on the main drag, also theres a museum on the foreshore and just off that, there a spring, where people go and fill up their water containers. its not like a big tourist attraction, just a pump in the middle of the road.

help! long stay in wellington. where's the food?

Also not sure of the name but theres a group of mums who started a veg box delivery service (you just get whats in seasons). You might find it on google.

Aside from food, for drinks the wine shop which is on the basin reserve is a good find. You can get NZ beers on tap which you decant into flagons and then refill as necessary- very green. And I like the whiskey choice there, theres one that a lagavullin which smells of peat and wood and its just gorgeous- its not labelled lagavuillin but it is- I think its called macleods, and the blue label one not the green.

My personal favourites for drinks out if i'm feeling a little bit cocktails and dean martin-ey is Motel. Also for novelty, Alice, and when I'm a little squiffy, Mighty Mighty always seems like a good idea. I always end up leaving something there. I try not to mind, as long as I leave with my dignity.

Must-eats in NZ

Ah, I see this thread is way out of date but just in case someone else is reading who was asking the same thing- my two favourite ways to have kumara are as chips (sometimes with a spicy sprinkle), with a sour creamy sauce to offset the sweet/hotness, or as baked potatoes as part of a meal with creamy mushroom something and roast beef. And of course the aforementioned fresh horseradish/creme fraiche from moore wilsons. You can take the girl out of blighty but....

Another thing which I think might be considered junk food (but not by me) is some smoked mussels, you can get them vacuum packed from the supermarket.

Beer of course. There's great beer in NZ. Good with smoked mussels. Maybe I should start a thread called The Trashy Gourmet...

Mexican in Wellington

Well- hate to say it but I had take out from there once- and it wasnt too memorable anyway. praps you should open one :)

Mexican in Wellington

Just remembered- although its not in wellington, and its all rather random- but if you venture out for a strange day out, one place you could try is the blueberry farm in upper hutt, where you can pick blueberries, swim in the river and eat mexican food thats cooked by a mexican lady in a little shack type place. Mexican people like it, i'm told. i cant comment on the food, as when i went my sister wouldn't eat there, it was a little rustic for her taste i'm sorry to say.

Must-eats in NZ

Narrowing down the kapiti cheese- if you like blue, kikorangi is the best cheese not only in this world but in any world, ever. When I get off the plane back in Welly in September, its going to be top of my list of things to do. Also Hohepa gouda with cumin. If you go to Napier, get that from Hohepa, which is a little village/community where people with learning difficulties live and work. they make candles and rugs too.

I don't know where you can buy it apart from Moore Wilsons in wellington (which also stocks the above, plus smoked garlic and all sorts of good things including an impressive range of chillies, plus fresh grated horseradish which is incredible mixed with creme fraiche and served with roast beef or mackeral)) but there's a 'crumb' made by cathedral cove which is made of macadamia nuts and kelp and lemon, and i like to fry up some prawns in olive oil and butter and garlic and a splash of wine, and add the crumb. makes a gorgeous sauce. add crusty bread (and wine of course) and its just perfect. I can still see the blue checked tablecloth i always seemed to want to use whenever i cooked this. I'm a big fan of broad beans myself (peeled) and so i sometimes add them and i think it makes it whole meal (even though generally we eat it from a big flattish dish in the middle of the table)- but i know not everyone loves them or can be bothered to peel them (essential for this dish in my opinion)

Again, if you're in Napier, instead of (or as well as) heading for the big wineries, stop at crab farm in bay view. its a happy friendly place to be and it has a huge open fire in the middle of the conservatory/atrium thingy, AND a tree house. whats not to love? if you're there in summer, down the road you can have a quick kayak on the estuary. cheap motels and a camp site are in walking distance of the kayaking area and plenty of local farms sell fruit of course, especially stone fruit. Theres a campsite on a beach near a winery not far from there- trying to remember the name... i'll look at a map and let you know if it comes back to me- maybe waimarama?- great chardonnay and a petanque area.

Since I don't go so much for sav in winter, my favourite chardonnays are tuki tuki and te kairanga. Treats rather than budget, but nice anyway.

If you drive down through the wairarapa, theres a campsite at the waohine gorge. you can have open fires there, you can park your camper (its a doc site), theres a swing bridge across the gorge and opportunities for some day or overnight walks. And you can walk down to the river bed, swim in the river etc. the local town (cant recall if its greytown?) has deli's but you'll have been past a lot of farms so you should be kitted up and if you've driven down from napier you'll still have your wine and cheese hauls anyway. A weird place to stop (little known) is the blueberry place in upper hutt. rather randomly, it has a mexican food.... not cafe- shack...?

help! long stay in wellington. where's the food?

Ps. I guess you'll have already seen floridita's on cuba- i didnt eat whole meals here much but love the teeny tiny olives they serve- always left the big uns. G&T and olives after work- i'm a happy girl. also sometimes we'd go for 'end of the night' fruit cake and pedro ximenez sherry. Its hard to find christmas in nz if you're from the northern hemisphere so for me this was a little bit of christmas on a plate for me.

a tad offbeat, there's a comfy cosy happy place for drinks (and cards, or board games...) on tory, called the hawthorn lounge. not a big foodie place, unless you're in the mood for a baked bean toasted sandwich though.

happy days...:)

help! long stay in wellington. where's the food?

There's the mediterranean food warehouse in newtown, also good for ice cream and pizza, and they do cooking class (which come complete with eating and drinking) so that a nice to-do. Manon, also in newtown is friendly and good quality- not too cheap, and not big portions, but i like it. the menu changes seasonally. next to that is the chilean place, which does an interesting breakfast. on a random note, the garden centre in miramar is nice for breakfast and you would have already heard about the place that used to be the chocolate fish, right? not my fave, but some like it. I preferred the maranui surf club for breakfast- early so i could sit by the window overlooking the sea- but it burned down and i'm not sure if they've rebuilt it yet.

I learned to adjust my expectations really- i seldom think 'wow' when i go out to eat, i just think 'i like this atmosphere and this food' and with the company i have, thats more than good enough for me.

Just off cuba street, opposite the metropolitan (just off that car park) there's a nice place called the duke of something, which is a nice place to meet for wine, olives, and little tapas dishes. The three restaurants tucked up the side of the cinema I'm trying to remember the name of.... the one at the foot of mt vic- they're good, I like the fish one a lot. Gosh my memory is shocking. The place i go even though the food leaves much to be desired is the italian place on courtenay place, a few door away from kitty o sheas. For me, its like the place you go to on holiday when the environment makes up for it. Although I like the dark wood/trad interior- the 'courtyard' out the back makes me grin from ear to ear. Its really a bit outdoor room/atrium, painted possibly 20 years ago to look like an italian courtyard. garish aqua, murals, plastic flowers. just order a carafe and be prosaic about the small dish of olives you just ordered.

Although i would avoid all of courtneay place on a fri or sat night, the wine bar up the road from there, on the corner of courtenay and cambridge terrace does a great tasting platter. get the big one with the melty cheese and things involving ceviche, goats and random salsa's.

Finally, although its a bit noisy for me sometimes, the spanish place at the bottom of tory street is a good find. go just for a drink- order a sherry or a jug of sangria, and some nibbles to have at the bar, then you can peruse the menu and spy on the kitchen to see if you want to go for a whole feast.

Course, for me the best meals were in new friends (brits like me, kiwis, americans, french, germans...) houses- sams mushroom surprise, kirstys half cooked roast beef sundays, winter thanksgiving for 24 in my house, summer thanksgiving for 30 in the garden. And of course, kaimoana caught and cooked on the beach, tucked in between rocks for shelter.

I do miss moore wilsons- i'll be back in a few months and you'll probably find me hugging the 'cheesidor' there within hours of me getting off the plane.

Also- if you venture out to petone, as well as the italian and spanish places in that road just off the waterfront (te pune st???) I like johns fish market. they used to do a lovely fish wrap (fish and greek salad wrap) which i'd eat on the beach. the same people who have manon had a posjer place a few doors down, pearl, but not sure if it survived.

Enjoy your stay in Aotearoa,

Rachel.

Mexican in Wellington

Well there's one in Newtown, opposite the hospital.... I cant think of any shining stars in terms of Mexican places though. Further up in Newtown there's a Chilean place- I know its not Mexico but thinking laterally a bit... maybe worth a try. I think the food market down near te papa has a mexican stand- or it used to anyway.

Potential mother-in-law

Nothing is ever simple is it? I have fallen for a lovely man, head over heels, and he is coming down to stay for a long weekend, and on Monday evening, his mum is coming to dinner after work- an early dinner- maybe 6-7pm. I have met her already. Because she is the CEO of my company. Yup, I'm shacking up with the bosses son. I expect she will come home with me after work, he will be hanging out at mine so can do some stuff (but not lots, he's not had much practice and is more of the mind to "just tell mum to bring pizza or something").

I don't eat meat, she does, he does. I'm ok with cooking meat, as long as the side dishes are interesting or theres some sort of veggie main course. I don't know what else she likes to eat, he just says "she eats everything" and I don't know whether to believe him. He said he ate everything too, and thats not true. (Fruit is slimy and prawns are vile but shrimp is fine, and veg is great unless of course its slimy....).

So I need to look relaxed and welcoming, and tread the line between smart employee and potential loving daughter in law and bringer of grandchildren. This is what I know about for sure: all three of us like Chardonnay and green beans. And brandy. Its spring in NZ so it could be sunny, it could be blowing a gale and raining. I want to make something that won't have her sitting in the kitchen with a glass of wine watching me do fiddly things, I'd rather it looked simple and effortless, although I don't mind putting in the effort to plan and do things during the weekend but not look too try-hard. She'll want me to be at ease. Do I sound at ease? Damn that Chardonnay is sounding good right now.

Menu idea's to make me look, just for one shining evening, less of a seat-of-my-pants kind of gal and more of an "Oh that? No, no trouble, it just takes a few moments to prepare.... its easy really..."

Sep 21, 2009
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Far away fanksgiving.

Well here I am again, a vegetarian Welsh chick living in NZ and somehow I have again been drawn into hosting a combined Midwinter Thanksgiving/Christmas for 4 people I know well, 4 I know a bit and 7 friends of friends. The nationalities are Canadian, Kiwi, American, British, Dutch and German. The oven is small, but the turkey can go in the BBQ so that'll make things easier. Oh, and there are 4 vegetarians. I am seriously sceptical about the Nigella recipie for sweet potatoes (or kumara as they called here, which apparently are the same things as yams in the states) with a marshmallow topping. That doesn't look right to me. Or maybe I'm just too conservative? How many dessert choices? Will there be panic becasue I don't have fried onions in a tin from a pigglywiggly?! What if the requested tiny onions aren't tiny enough? Will there be an issue with serving proper cranberry sauce and not the 'real' stuff in a tin? If I could find the fried onions in a tin and the jellied cranberry in a tin which then gets cut into round discs I would gladly serve it- each to thier own..... it'll be fine, it'll be fine, it'll be fine. Sorry, just had to get that off my chest in a safe and understanding place!

Jun 27, 2009
rachelfc in General Topics

extra boursin cheese left over

Thin it and make it into a sort of thick garlic cream sauce, which you can use on anything you like. I like it drizzled on a salad I make:

a puy lentil base- (lightly dressed- I like a walnut oil lemon and thyme dressing)
topped with beetroots- (roasted with balsamic and a little walnut oil)

Then with walnuts sprinkled over and that garlic cream dressing. The white colour of the dolloped sauce works a treat to lift the earthy colour and taste of lentils and the deep purple and earthy-sweetsharpness of the roasted beets.

Sounds like a bit of a fuss but its really not. I dont eat meat and often take it to a bbq, and its a good sturdy winter salad as well.

I thinik it might be nice on an apple based salad too. Maybe with fennel and spring onionsor something. Maybe a warldorfy thingy. Or as a dip for apple slices or celery.

Apr 26, 2009
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Sage-focused recipes?

Don't know if your cup of tea (Ha!) but I like a couple of sage leaves, a slice of lemon, topped up with hot water. My mother stayed with some Turkish people for a long time when she was became unwell when on holiday, and they gave her this every morning. pparently sage has antiseptic properties or something too.

Apr 12, 2009
rachelfc in Home Cooking

100% grass fed beef. Icky! Am I crazy?

I see. I'm presuming you are in the US and believe it is reputed to have the best beef in the world? I had just never heard of this reputation, even when I lived there, so was a little confused. No offence intended.

Jul 19, 2008
rachelfc in General Topics

Organic cheese, wine in NZ

http://www.ecofestnelsontasman.co.nz/...

Don't know what "later this year means but if you're here in Aug check this out. You'll find some links there too.

Also check out www.hohepa.com. Its a pretty special place.

http://www.nzsca.org.nz has a cheese map, but you'll have to fish out the organic stuff.

www.seresin.co.nz is organic/biodynamic- also does oil and honey but don't know about cheese.

I suppose you know about wwoofers? (willing workers on organic farms?) If not check out www.wwoof.co.nz (or just .org if you want the international sites.

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Keep us posted on what you get up to,
Rachel.

Winter in New Zealand

Hello Eve,

Can't tell you much about Auckland (I'm in Wellington) but I'm sure someone can help. Look up www.cuisine.co.nz and you might find some idea's, also look up www.aatravel.co.nz and click on 101 must see's for Kiwi's and that'll link you in to a fair few idea's. There's a month by month events calendar on www.newzealand.co.nz.

Sometimes Winter is wild, sometimes its mild- sometimes both in one day- I was out in my t-shirt this moring and this afternoon I have the fires roaring!

If you don't already know, Kiwi life is quite casual and non-posh, and the best food to me is the sort that you have worked up an appetite for by long walks, kayaking, bike rides and skiing- especially if log fires and hot spas are involved! That might not be your cup of tea though.

Well many of the vineyards are open year round- there are plenty in the South Island near the top of the Island in Nelson/Marlborough. Also in an area a bit further down called Waipara- near Hanmer Springs, where you can soak in the spa year round. Further down in the Central Otago region- pinot noir and lamb or venison or rabbit in a thymey sauce..... I'm hungry now, can you tell?

Let me know how it goes!

Rachel.

100% grass fed beef. Icky! Am I crazy?

Your beef is considered the best on the world? Whose beef? By whom?

Jul 19, 2008
rachelfc in General Topics

Such a thing as "good" instant coffee?

I try and think of instant coffee as a different drink. I'm happy enough with it if I don't compare it with the proper stuff. If you're going to buy instant coffee, buy a Fair Trade product from any decent supermarket or from Oxfam, or Holland and Barrett which most of the reasonably sized towns have. If you buy a cafetiere/coffee press/plunger, also buy Fair Trade coffee. I hope I'm not being too controversial in saying that Nestle ethical practices have a long way to go before I would buy a single thing from them, even if it tasted like a heaven in a cup, which it certainly doesn't.

May 24, 2008
rachelfc in General Topics

Help please? Winter Thanksgiving in New Zealand.

Thank you everyone- I will indeed post photos- I'll have to figure out how to but I'm sure I'll manage! That cranberry sauce recipe looks gorgeous- will be trying that one for sure- and the guests are all between 20-35 (except me, I'm a teensy bit over that...) but they're a funny crafty quirky bunch and I can see the hand turkeys going down a treat.

Thanks again,

Rach.

May 13, 2008
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Kai in the City -- Wellington

Did you ever find out?

Help please? Winter Thanksgiving in New Zealand.

Ahah. Got it. Your yam is our kumara. Our yams are nothing tlike either of those pictures, they are tiny shiny knobbly things which are usually red or yellow.

May 09, 2008
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Help please? Winter Thanksgiving in New Zealand.

I love that link! Now if someone talks about going to the piggly wiggly for a can of durkees I'll know waht their talking about. We don't have half and half so I shall have to google for an alternative. Thank you so much for your offer to post me some of the onions- I don't think they'd get here in time othrwise I would ceratinly take you up on it, and send you a NZ foodie gift in return.

May 09, 2008
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Help please? Winter Thanksgiving in New Zealand.

Oh SS that sounds.... um... wow. I'm lost for words... your family sounds great! We don't have sweet potatoes in cans, syrup or whatver, just ordinary bags of sweet potatoes. I am assuming what you call sweet potatoes is what we call kumara- I don't think what you call yams are the same as what we call yams though- here's a link to a site with a photo of our yams- they aren't what you mean, are they?

http://www.wineoftheweek.com/food/040...

These are what we call Kumara- same as your sweet potatoes, right?

http://www.deltakumara.co.nz/fresh.htm

But I'm still going to give it a shot- it'll be something to remember anyway! Wonder if I boil and soak them in syrup that'd be an interesting flavour. I could customise the syrup maybe....

Well, this time next week I will be in full panic mode. I guess I'd better start planing a timetable, what i can do ahead etc. Thanks for everything- would be interested to know if our yams and kumara are the same as your yams and sweet potatoes.

May 09, 2008
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Aegina Pistachios: Lardy???

When I was 17 I spend a couple of lazy weeks on Aegina, eating feta and fresh fruit, and piles and piles of pistachio nuts and olives. I always thought they tasted so good because I was right there, sitting on the stpes of a taverna, looking at the sea... but maybe they'd have tasted as good at home- who knows...? Maybe that lardy thing is just a salty umami type taste that wires you into porkchops.

May 09, 2008
rachelfc in General Topics

Help please? Winter Thanksgiving in New Zealand.

What do you do with the turnips and rutabaga (or swede as we know them here).

I'm beginning to get curious- ha- about the marshmallow/pineapple topped sweet ptoatoes. Some thing that odd has to have a reason to be made repeatedly, surely. I note than Nigella has a recipe in Feast... no pineaple though... crushed?? I tink it has to make an appearance. Care to share your recipe for this bizzarre concoction...?

Go a recipe above for green bean casserole- the jury is still out on how to make french fried onions though!

May 09, 2008
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Help please? Winter Thanksgiving in New Zealand.

Hiya- not an ignorant question at all- I'm not certain but no, I don't think we grow cranberries here. As in the UK, we get them frozen- possibly we could get fresh but not at this time of year I would think. Frozen is pretty good though. Celery hearts? That would literally be the innermost parts of an ordinary head of celery? I'm keen to offer things to keep the people who ae on time or early as Iknow there'll be stragglers and would guess some people will be there more than an hour before we eat. I don't want them to get too stuffed though.

May 09, 2008
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Help please? Winter Thanksgiving in New Zealand.

I'm going to make some, as two friends who love the stuff in jars have never tried homemade. Hopefully they won't like the stuff in jars better!

May 08, 2008
rachelfc in Home Cooking

Help please? Winter Thanksgiving in New Zealand.

The full monty indeed. They'll have sprouts and chestnuts and they'll like it. Cranberry sauce made from scratch. There'll be sherry, and port and stilton...... No idea where I'll find holly for the pud though! Oh- now I'm getting excited about making the cake and pud and mincemeat... a little time in the kicthen, just Delia Smith and me. Ah, nostalgia...

Hmm, haven't seen chipolatas here, better check I can get them.... if not, maybe our local butcher would oblige.

Now, what music will go well with Thanksgiving dinner (well, late lunch)...?

May 08, 2008
rachelfc in Home Cooking