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…
March 10, 2016
November 18, 2015
A dish of scallops on butter and herbs by our friend Ingrid. Mouthwateringly good!
November 15, 2015
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.
October 13, 2015
September 18, 2015
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!
March 22, 2015
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!
(My tribute to the macaron comes 2 days late.)
March 1, 2015
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.
November 28, 2014
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
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.
June 8, 2014
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.
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!