How good has this summer been. I think after returning from our summer holiday we have had the odd chilly spell, but on the whole the view from my study down the beach has been gorgeous.
2016 – Started in the Bay of Many Coves
Well… it’s 30 minutes by water taxi from Picton up Queen Charlotte Sound. We rented ‘Cherith’ house for 2 weeks . I must admit, when we first arrived on Christmas Eve ( after I realised I had left the Turkey breasts in the freezer in Dunedin) I thought what have I done? and it’s a long time until we leave.
It was a lesson in logistics and organisation. But, above all – cooking together using the ingredients we had available was great fun. I made focaccia each day and everyone had an opinion of what we would eat – from duck on a waffle with mustard and maple syrup and a fried egg for Christmas Day breakfast from Hannah , Richard and Holly’s delicious fish curry, to Matthew’s chilli prawns and salsa served in lettuce cups. This was a true holiday – walking, fishing, reading, playing a lot of Mah Jong and above all spending precious family time together. Our two weeks went by very fast and resulted in feeling a lot more relaxed than when we arrived.
Bay of Many Coves / Cherith House / David and Ruth McConnell – email@example.com
It’s been a year of road trips and within 5 days of returning from Marlborough, I drove up the country again with Hannah to Auckland.
There is no better way of seeing the country (apart from road rage at the numerous campervans and tourists that don’t look in their rear vision mirrors to see the queue behind them). We used the abundant picnic areas provided on our highways. Buying delicious artisan bread and taking fresh ingredients is far preferable than risking the same expensive food found in many of our road side cafes .
I have been up and down the country a few times this year and thought I would share some of the restaurants we have enjoyed:
Charley Noble – no bookings. Great Casual dining
Field and Green – Delicious lunch here.
Prefab – Really busy lunch and brunch – sadly closed on a Sunday
Farina -Busy Italian – Ponsonby Rd (Loved those Aperol Spritz)
Meekong Baby – Fusion -Incredible set menu. Ponsonby Rd
Orphans Kitchen – Really lovely Brunch- Ponsonby Rd
Little and Friday – Amazing Cabinet Breakfast and Lunch Food – New Market
Woodpecker Hill- Fusion – Parnell Rd
Gothemburg – Beautiful Tapas- Restaurant overlooks the river.
Last week I was invited to the media Launch of ‘Good France’ in Auckland.
The French ambassador to New Zealand Florence Jeanblanc-Risler welcomed everyone . She was followed by an outstanding sample degustation at Kazuya and The Grove.
On Monday 21st March 1,500 chefs around the world will celebrate French gastronomy. In New Zealand 8 chefs menu’s have been selected based on fresh local produce inspired by French techniques.
Bracken- Dunedin; Hippopotamus- Wellington; Hopwood’s – Nelson; Jano Bistrot – Wellington; Kazuya – Auckland ; Pacifica – Napier; The Grove – Auckland ; Whitebait – Wellington
This will be a gastronomic treat – www.goodfrance.co.nz . Contact your local restaurant for the menu and booking.
Sedums or Hydrangeas
I can’t choose which I love the most in my garden at the moment. They are both wonderfully satisfying to grow, easy to propagate and grow unobstructed without the need for constant attention. As the mornings become Autumnal and evenings shorter, both these classic garden plants will perform for weeks to come and provide me with masses of cut flowers for the house.
After my decision to stop classes last year I am readjusting . There is life after classes. I am and always will be a foodie at heart.
My tours are filling fast and I have a few spots left to Turkey and Italy / France if you decide to travel this year.
www.judith-Cullen.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
I am still available for classes for groups, fundraisers and events.
This is a late start – but I will be posting a Monthly Newsletter. If you have something you would like me to include, just let me know .