To spark a little mid winter cheer for the folks in the office I decided to organise a brewing and beverage making competition, Toast 2012. Our friends in Auckland decided to jump on the band wagon and before we knew it, we had a right […]
This post ushers in our northern-most dinner party which was held here in Auckland. Whilst gathered round the dining table one of our guests, a lovely engineer by the name of Arry, offered to write the introduction to our wintry feast. Take it away Arry…..! […]
For the last 130 years sheep farming has been one of the primary sources of income for little Aotearoa. Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand and literally translates to land of the long white cloud. Sheep husbandry obviously began to prevail with the arrival and settlement of pioneers to New Zealand’s shores and grew even further as land was transferred from Maori ownership to settler’s ownership. (more…)
Bouncing round ideas about what to blog about this month, we came up with kitchen reserves. As January is a time when fresh fruit and veg are in abundance (at least for us down here in the Southern hemisphere), we thought why not return to previous generations’ habits and put on our preserving caps.
Isn’t it funny how suddenly the year has reached its end and Christmas is at our door again? For me the time of year brings mixed emotions, particularly since Christmas day is my birthday. The time of year represents that much needed break, time away with family and friends, and for us in New Zealand the beginning of summer. (more…)