The Alpine Retreat – and perfect poached eggs …

In three weeks we will be flying out to start a new adventure in Southern Italy and Sicily but it occurred to me that we often take for granted our own beautiful country. We were reminded of this on a recent weekend trip to Queenstown in the South Island. Our accommodation was at The Alpine Retreat, an elegant B&B, set in a truly stunning spot … Continue reading The Alpine Retreat – and perfect poached eggs …

A pilgrimage and on to idyllic Collioure ….

The boys had determined the previous day that they wanted to make a pilgrimage to the memorial site at Canet beach (just outside of Perpignan), which honours those lost in the 2008 crash off the coast where we stood. While it was a little difficult to find, the effort was worthwhile as it was really important for Phil and Roger to pay their respects, and … Continue reading A pilgrimage and on to idyllic Collioure ….

LA stopover – tomorrow London

Well, we made it – we had a smooth flight and the Business Class seat makes such a difference to how you feel when you arrive- I was the lucky one to score that seat – poor hubby managed Premium Economy which ain’t too shabby either! Arriving on a beautiful day was a bonus too – while everything looks dusty and dry, sprinkler systems still … Continue reading LA stopover – tomorrow London

Titirangi – fringe of heaven? …

Here I am waxing lyrical about far-flung places like Paris when I live in Auckland, New Zealand, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As I pottered around in the kitchen this morning, I looked up to see the sun rising – and my world looked pretty sweet! It is very easy to take such things for granted. Today, I reminded myself how … Continue reading Titirangi – fringe of heaven? …

Titirangi’s Pipeline walk – it’s a gem!

We have lived in Titirangi for many years – we moved to our first home here when we were in our late twenties and we are now in our early sixties. We are in our third Titirangi house now, and while we have often considered moving closer into town, the house prices are prohibitive, and we love living here too much to let it go. Continue reading “Titirangi’s Pipeline walk – it’s a gem!”

The Christmas feast dilemma …

How on earth do you decide what will appear on your Christmas lunch or dinner table with such a plethora of fantastic recipes to choose from – and from so many sources, including the Internet.  A week or so before Christmas, I thought I had settled on a final menu but then some Facebook posts threw me…. I am a big Nadia Lim fan, and prior to … Continue reading The Christmas feast dilemma …

The Ostro-phile…..

Well, I finally made it to Ostro, the new brasserie in the Seafarers building in the vibrant Britomart complex.  Venturing out in the worst possible weather for an early summer evening meal was worth it, as Ostro definitely came up trumps.  It was a brilliant dining experience, despite the inclement weather – some thoughts follow: The entry: My friend and I took the stairs rather than the lift up to the … Continue reading The Ostro-phile…..

Main ingredient? Nadia Lim …. and a dash of Josh Emett, Julie Le Clerc, and Nici Wickes

I recently blogged about my growing collection of New Zealand cookbooks and I am delighted to confess I have just added another.  As a librarian responsible for the acquisition of New Zealand material, I was lucky enough to have Nadia Lim’s new cookbook pass across my desk, and what a beauty it is. Nadia Lim’s Good Food Cookbook is cram full of healthy, delicious and easy recipes – as soon as … Continue reading Main ingredient? Nadia Lim …. and a dash of Josh Emett, Julie Le Clerc, and Nici Wickes

Kiwi cookbook magic …

It is no secret that I am addicted to buying cookbooks but the fact that I have been on leave for nearly six months has meant that I have had to restrain myself and make use of my growing library of culinary treasures. Titles by celebrity chefs like Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Donna Hay, Bill Granger, and my new favourite Yotam Ottolenghi (whose book Jerusalem is a standout), … Continue reading Kiwi cookbook magic …