Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

March 10, 2016

A Treat

Filed under: Food — paul @ 7:07 am
Zwetschgenkuchen

Zwetschgenkuchen

This year we had again a quantity of Damson Plums from the Swiss Club. Put to good use by Mrs H producing delicious Zwetschgenkuchen on a base of yeast pastry with a good sprinkling of crunchy almonds…

November 18, 2015

Delish!

Filed under: Food — paul @ 12:48 pm
Scallops by Ingrid

Scallops by Ingrid

A dish of scallops on butter and herbs by our friend Ingrid. Mouthwateringly good!

November 15, 2015

New Year and Light

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,Food — paul @ 9:45 am
Mountain of Food

Mountain of Food

The Shri Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Avondale celebrated Diwali (the festival of light) yesterday, and with it a new year in the Gujarati calendar (year 2072, in fact). A large number of devotees joined the celebrations at the temple, with a mountain of food as centrepiece (nearly 1000 dishes prepared by many families for the occasion). The offering later to be shared amongst the participants. Chants, music and drums – a lively affair!

A welcoming community – thanks to Dee and Amar (DnA) for their kind invitation – sorry I could not stay very long.

In the Hall

In the Hall

Shoes stay at the entrance

Shoes stay at the entrance

Making Memories

Making Memories

Montain of Food

Montain of Food

In Front of the Temple

In Front of the Temple

October 13, 2015

Price List

Filed under: Avondale,Food,People — paul @ 9:27 am
The Menu

The Menu

Chalking up a menu at the Avondale Races recently.

September 18, 2015

New Lynn Night Market

Filed under: Flowers,Food,Markets,New Lynn,People — paul @ 8:05 am
Smiles from John, Momo, and their orchids

Smiles from John, Momo, and their orchids

After a two months’ winter break, the New Lynn Night Market (every Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm at the Community Centre) started up again at the beginning of September. When I was there last night, I thought that the number of stalls was smaller than last season – but there was an impressive variety nonetheless. Apart from the always popular dumplings and buns, ice-cream and donuts, there were stalls with traditional Iraqi, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Ethiopian and probably more. Inside soft music that did not overpower people’s conversations, and a stall with beautiful orchids. Nice!

Mr Music

Mr Music

Bill, Misi and Matilda: Pacific Wardens

Bill, Misi and Matilda: Pacific Wardens

From the Philippines

From the Philippines

Dumplings

Dumplings

Traditional Iraqi Stall

Traditional Iraqi Stall

After Dark

After Dark

March 22, 2015

Two Days Late

Filed under: Colours,Flowers,Food — paul @ 7:00 am
Macaron Meadow

Macaron Meadow

On Friday, Virginia of Paris Through My Lens mentioned that there is such a thing as “Macaron Day” (yummee – March 20). Little did I know that the day after I would be facing a “Macaron Meadow” at the Urbis Design Day display of the De Longhi Group (coffee machines, kitchen machines, etc). I think it would have been impolite to run off with any of the flowers in the display, but you were encouraged to sample the macarons – you could even get a psychoanalysis of your colour choice! (So if you did not get it right the first time, you had to taste the colour that matched your profile better…) An example from many of my attempts: “Searching for the purest looking treat, you chose to avoid the crowds and instead opt for a clean culinary canvas, Simplicity at its finest is your saviour.” Smooth words indeed!

And to top it off, Yenny of ma cherie french pastry demonstrated the making of the product (using a Kenwood Chef). Love Urbis Design Day!

(My tribute to the macaron comes 2 days late.)

Macaron Meadow

Macaron Meadow

Nearly Ready

Nearly Ready

March 1, 2015

Aging Room

Filed under: Food,Reflections,Smile,Theme Day — paul @ 7:00 am
Aging Room

Aging Room

No, it’s not me in God’s waiting room, but rather a display/dry aging cabinet at the Neat Meat Company in Ponsonby Central. You can look from the outside in, or from the inside out.

The City Daily Photo theme for March is “Aging”. Click here for more contributions to the theme.

Aging Room

Aging Room

November 28, 2014

Chef Aslahan

Filed under: City,Food,Markets,People — paul @ 7:02 am
Chef Aslahan

Chef Aslahan

When I stopped to take a shot of her stall, Aslahan quickly moved into the picture, explaining that the chef belonged with the food. Fair enough! Obviously, her lamb roast rolls had gone like hotcakes, but beside that there were meatball rolls, ham rolls, and roast chicken rolls and more.

Aslahan comes from Turkey, and this was at the rejuvenated Victoria Park Market.

August 1, 2014

No 1 Pancake

Filed under: City,Food,Theme Day — paul @ 7:09 am
No 1 Pancake, Lorne Street

No 1 Pancake, Lorne Street

The City Daily Photo theme for August is “Takeaway Store”. Click here for pictures from all over the world interpreting the theme.

This is a popular spot for a quick and inexpensive bite. Most of the time there are a few people standing, waiting for their pancake to be prepared in front of them. Tucked into the narrowest of nooks by the corner of Lorne and Wellesley Streets.

These are Korean pancakes, sweet as well as savoury. Facebook.

A Glimpse on the Hotplate

A Glimpse on the Hotplate

June 8, 2014

Crafty Baker

Filed under: Food,Glen Eden — paul @ 7:12 am
Lee, Christine, Pete - Crafty Bakers

Lee, Christine, Pete – Crafty Bakers

The Crafty Baker opened its doors to the public on Friday – a roaring success, even though it meant that their fabled croissants had sold out by the time I arrived after midday. In my usual moderate way, I got a seeded sourdough loaf and a ginger slice (because it is hard to resist temptation). Yummy crusty bread – no doubt I will be back.

A family business (Lee the baker with wife Calli, and her parents Pete and Christine), based on sound values. We wish them success.

From their Facebook page yesterday (Saturday): “Crazy day today… you guys wipe us out, we had 4 cakes left at 2pm, no bread, no pies, no bakes, no sandwiches, no pastries!!!!! Thanks for everyones support. Opening tomorrow 8am- 2pm.” So better be quick!

Lee in Action

Lee in Action

Little Temptations

Little Temptations

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