"She wants to take us to lunch," he said. "Let's go to the sanctuary." The Karori Sanctuary, that is. Renamed Zealandia. And so we went. The selection of counter food looked old, tired, yesterday's. I chose a BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato ... as I'm sure you know) in toasted Turkish bread off the menu. … Continue reading Karori sanctuary aka Zealandia
Category: Culinary crimes
Eating alone, what do people do? Can you just sit there by yourself and eat? Me, if there’s no-one to talk to, I have to read. So, down the Sounds by myself, I browsed one of (what I assume were) my grand-mother’s cookbooks, The Lily Wallace New American Cookbook, 1947. Didn’t stumble across anything I’d … Continue reading Oyster stuffing
It all began with Ben Murphy. I’m sure it was he, star of that ‘70s Western Alias Smith & Jones. For some reason he came to NZ, filming perhaps, and discovered Vogel’s bread. The unsliced loaf. Loved it, raved about it, took it back to California. A long time ago, but we were eating that … Continue reading Obituary for a loaf
Well, kicked off my campaign to save the unsliced Vogel’s Original loaf by emailing all sorts of people in my address book, asking them to ring the 0800 number (but only if they share my fondness for that bread … can’t be accused of manufacturing dissent!). Good response, with initial feedback over the first 24 … Continue reading La lutta continua
So, I rang the customer service number for Vogel's bread. Helpful woman at the end of the line who said the only reason for discontinuing the unsliced loaf was low consumer demand. Well, if that's the case, why does it always seem to be the first to sell out???!!! I feel a campaign coming on!
Have just returned from the supermarket. “Have you got any unsliced?” I asked the guy working in the bread section, when I couldn’t see my favourite loaf among the Vogel’s bread selection. “No, they’ve stopped making it,” he said. “Again?” “Permanently,” he assured me. What! The last time the manufacturers did this they trotted out … Continue reading Save the Vogel’s loaf!
I thought it was time for a gripe, and here’s one I’ve been storing up. Stone fruit in NZ. Making the nectarine tart the other day reminded me. Even if, okay, the nectarines from the supermarket that day were ripe. And even though Lawrence did bring some decent peaches from Hawke’s Bay a couple of … Continue reading Culinary crime #4