Feasting in Hoi An

Kate Underwood recently spent a deliciously rewarding holiday in Vietnam. She shares her six top Hoi An food experiences here (pictured left to right above). I managed to average about one Banh Mi per day in Hoi An, and Madam Khanh – Banh Mi Queen served  some of the best and most popular in town. The ‘mixed’ or Thap … Continue reading Feasting in Hoi An

Mid Winter Feast

A number of our members gathered in Auckland this week for a deliciously memorable mid-winter feast, as Michelle Jones reports.  Venturing out on a Monday night in winter might usually take some arm-twisting, but with the enticement of Mikey Newland’s take on a traditional roast dinner, we had a fantastic turnout at our Mid-Winter Feast at Ampersand.  … Continue reading Mid Winter Feast

Five questions for… helen leach

  Dunedin’s Helen Leach is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Otago, with a particular interest in food anthropology. She’s authored more than 20 books, and in the recent Queens Birthday Honours was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in recognition of her services to culinary anthropology. Have you had any particularly … Continue reading Five questions for… helen leach

May Food Market 2018

The May Food Writers Market is always a highlight in our calendar, and this year was no exception. Catherine Milford was there. With a new venue, a fine forecast and several new names on the list of exhibitors, the Food Writers New Zealand 2018 May Market Day looked set to be the most successful market … Continue reading May Food Market 2018

What i’m cooking…

Lot Eight Oil’s Nalini Baruch is a big fan of eggplant prepared every which way, and particularly in this addictive kasundi. I love eggplants. Maybe it is because I grew up unable to eat eggplants. While everyone enjoyed baingan chokha (similar to babaganoush), aloo baigan (potato and eggplant curry) and baigan pakora(eggplant pakora), I could only watch … Continue reading What i’m cooking…

It’s a Birds Life

A flock of our members recently visited Big Paddock farm in Whangaripo Valley, where they met some very friendly chooks. Maria Middlestead was impressed… These ladies are liberated. All 50,000 of them. They spend the morning dining, strolling and dust bathing, which is like a body scrub at a day spa. They prefer to do … Continue reading It’s a Birds Life