My Kitchen Express Taiwanese Cuisine

  Dining last Friday night at a very busy New Flavour in a very busy Balmoral, the dishes were taking a little longer than usual to appear from the kitchen. My one year old was not happy about this. She had food envy: she watched in barely disguised fury as mounds of steaming hand-cut noodles, platters of fat white dumplings and iron plates of sizzling … Continue reading My Kitchen Express Taiwanese Cuisine

Depot is the Metro Restaurant of the Year 2012

    Congratulations to Al Brown and his supreme award-winning eatery Depot, and all the other winners from the awards ceremony last night at St Matthew’s in the City. Here’s a press release from Pead PR with the full list of winners: WELLINGTON CHEF SCOOPS AUCKLAND AWARDS Al Brown’s Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar supreme winner of Metro / Audi Restaurant of the Year Restaurateur … Continue reading Depot is the Metro Restaurant of the Year 2012

Oil Spill

I’m reading Dolce E Salata, a food-centric memoir by chef and food writer Marlena de Blasi, about her and her husband’s move from Venice to the simple life in Tuscany. So far, so cliched, you’ll think from my description. It’s actually very good – mainly for the insights it gives into how people in that region eat. I mean insights you don’t get from news … Continue reading Oil Spill

Whole Poached Chicken with Baby Vegetables

This is one of my favourite things to do with a whole chook. It’s great when you’re in the mood for something that’s light and full of fresh seasonal vegetables, and (like almost everything I cook, you may have noticed) it’s a dish you can alter according to what you have to hand and what flavours you happen to fancy. Start with a large pot … Continue reading Whole Poached Chicken with Baby Vegetables