Cream, Sausage, Leek. Rustic comfort of home.

When hot summer is over beautiful leek the size of a child’s arm sells for one dollar here in the cool temperates. It might not make too much sense to grow them because of this but I do. It’s fun. Being a lazy gardener my leeks suffer from neglect. They do not grow to the…

Bonfire bread, and Sunset of the year.

Day 2 of Coronavirus lock down here in New Zealand and in the process of contemplating the possibility of finally getting around to shorten my 100 “ToDo” lists. Reviving the old blog I’ve found 100 excuses to put off – would that be somewhat possible? Here we go. Bonfire Bread, or Campfire Bread, inspired by…

If you like Satay, try Kare-kare.

Kare-kare was the first local dish to grasp my taste buds after moving to Manila. With a peanut butter base not unlike a satay sauce, the Malay influenced Pampanga favourite is usually made with oxtail and tripe. Although anything from pig hocks, chicken, vegetables to fish are well loved. Mild, rich and savoury, a typical…

Giant Chicory

Giant Chicory, Cichorium intybus. I don’t remember how I came across the seeds. A common vegetable in Europe and may have taken over some roadsides in north America, apparently here in NZ it’s mostly grown for stock feed – “cows, deer, sheep, pigs, and even pet chooks and rabbits love them” they say. Being a…

Pissaladiere, a taste from Nice, a friend from the old days  

A decade and some time ago I was an art student in Guangzhou when the academy relocated to a distant suburb. Instead of shifting along I found myself a studio apartment in my favourite part of old town and commuted. In the morning I would go to the academy studio and afternoon to my part…

Easter mushroom walk 

After the cyclone blew past we took a short walk to the nearby Fraser River. The dry ground of Mackenzie country finally got a good soaking and the fascinating kingdom of mushrooms reveals itself. We know better than to pick up strange mushrooms but it is such a treat to see their beauty. Short-lived and…

Little Wanganui Beach, almost at Road’s End with a Blanket of Stars

(Late post from 30th Oct 2016) The last town before Karamea where scenic Heaphy track begins is Little Wanganui. Somewhere between these two quaint towns lies a little gravel road leading to Little Wanganui Beach. Tide was low when we arrived and dusty fine silver-grey sand stretched a hundred metres towards the sea. To each…

A Place to Call Home, Every Step of the The Way

(Late post from 28th Oct 2016) So this is home. Over two months in hotels, motels, holiday homes and friends’ houses later we’ve settled in a campervan. Still on the move but a place to call home. New Zealand is heaven for camping. Un-populated, full of nature, safe, never too hot or too cold, legal…

Moving and will Keep Moving

Christchurch, Twizel, Oamaru, Dunedin, Queenstown, Hawea, Twizel, now Christchurch again.  It has now been a month since our flight landed in the Land of the Long White Cloud, and I have not once updated my Facebook, Wechat, Instagram and all the other things I used to spend countless segments of my days on. Getting online…