How To Control Your Universe...

How To Control Your Universe...

Autumn is the time to get into muscle toning activities such as lifting more red wine to your lips, making rabbit terrines where you chop everything by hand and rip the hazelnuts open with your bare teeth, and pasta and pastry making. The great thing about making good pastry at home, is that you feel powerful and in control of your universe. It’s not easy to make, therefore your friends and family know without a shadow of doubt, that if you turn up with an apple tart encased in home made, hand made puff pastry, you are expressing truly, madly, deeply, how much you love them. 

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The Staff of Life

The Staff of Life

There were some wonderful New Zealanders in the Languedoc who owned a restaurant called Le Mimosa. One day, years ago, I turned up and ordered a terrine of young leeks with hazelnuts, orange and coriander grains accompanied by sourdough bread and fleur de sel, sea salt from the Camargue. I remember the intelligent and fragrant combination of flavours. All cooks love vegetables – we love choosing them, cleaning, chopping, smelling and dreaming while we do it.

Speaking of sourdough, another thing cooks really like doing to calm their nerves and accrue family good points is make bread. None of us have to make bread for sustenance – we make it to save on psychology bills.

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No limits to pleasure...

No limits to pleasure...

Is it true that we are losing our traditional dishes or is it that surveys on changing food tastes are only done on people who eat 2 minute noodles? And if it is true that we no longer subject ourselves to mutton broth, cow’s liver and tripe, does anyone care?

A recent survey in Britain discovered that people under 25 had no idea what spotted dick, brawn and scrag end of neck were. They were repulsed by the idea of offal, haddocks heads and squirrel pie

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Tarte Soleil Recipe – as demonstrated at Peta Mathias LIVE!

Tarte Soleil Recipe – as demonstrated at Peta Mathias LIVE!

As promised from Peta's shows in Paraparaumu and Auckland last weekend, and Dunedin and Christchurch this weekend.... Tarte Soleil!! Enjoy!


2 packets of frozen flakey pastry in 32cm rounds
1/2 cup tapenade
1/2 cup something else like sun dried tomato paste, grated cheese, artichoke paste, pesto …
1 egg yolk beaten with a little milk
fennel seeds for sprinkling
 

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Peta Mathias LIVE!

Peta Mathias LIVE!

I'll be hitting the road this November to bring you my brand new show, in association with Farmers. Themed around my latest book (a memoir of sorts) titled 'Never Put All your Eggs in One Bastard' it's a great night out with bubbles complements of Arrogant Frog, the agony aunt couch, singing, giveaways and all sorts of shenanigans.

Tickets on sale NOW!

Paraparaumu – Friday 18 Nov – TicketDirect
Auckland – Saturday 19 Nov – Ticketek
Dunedin – Friday 25 Nov – TicketDirect
Christchurch – Saturday 26 Nov – TicketDirect

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South India/Tamil Nadu Tour in 2017!

South India/Tamil Nadu Tour in 2017!

I trust you've had restful holidays and made sensible New Year resolutions like will eat more chocolate, will suffer fools less gladly, will go to South India with Peta...
 
India is such a vast and varied country, and many of my India gastronomads have expressed an interest in returning.  The result of my recce, much research, kind connections and the sight of all those luxury hotels is my first South India / Tamil Nadu tour 14 – 25 January 2017.
 

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