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Good EatNZ


Good EatNZ
 
Home Town: Yuba City, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Gardening, Wine Tasting
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Dec. 26, 2011 5:14 pm 
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011 2:04 pm
Food always tastes better when you are camping.  Why?  This has been the new riddle as we embark upon our new voyage of caravanning.For most people, I know that camp chow means simple – beans and wieners, made-ahead casseroles, and quick-fix meals with few ingredients.  But, alas, we are not… MORE
 
 
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From The Blog:  The Well Travelled Spatula
Whisking the Hollandaise on the double boiler
Flounder Fillets with skin still on. Darker are top side, lighter are bottoms side!
Not a lot of meat left on those bones!
Filleting the other side of the flounder
A sharp knife 'following' the bones
About this Cook
As a Californian, now living in New Zealand with 20 odd years spent in the Caribbean in between, my cooking style has had a lot of different influences. After several years in other businesses, we finally came to NZ 9 years ago, and with no experience other than eating in a lot of them, we opened a cafe! Our friends thought we were nuts, and in retrospect, we were. We have now sold that business and are trying to figure out what to do next! Watch this space...
My favorite things to cook
I love to play with Asian inspired marinades/ingredients - getting the blance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy just right. I also seem to be drawn to fiddly foods -- home-made pastas, tortillas, filled won tons and grape leaves.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother loved Mexican food, and definately passed the taste on to me. I always loved my mom's enchiladas and tacos, and often whip up something like that quick for dinner. When I have more time, I make home-made Tamales. It's time consuming, but worth it. We have a hard time getting decent whole roasting turkeys here in NZ, but there is nothing like spending a day preparing 'the works' for a holiday dinner.
My cooking triumphs
I recently catered for a group of 18 - 22 for 18 days straight. I had prep support from the cafe (they were able to make all the cookies, muffins, cakes, etc) but I single-handedly managed all the main dishes, plus the organization and ordering supplies. The group was so impressed they gave me a gift certificate and I had a real Sally Fields' moment: They like me! They really like me!
My cooking tragedies
Serving things at dinner parties, not realizing that they weren't things that everyone liked or had tasted before. I was shocked when an important client turned up for the lovely roast lamb and said he had never eaten lamb before! Corned Beef was another one.
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Thai Ground Chicken Basil
Good, but ours was very salty and rather bland. Rather than follow the recipe, I think I would 'wing it' if I tried it again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2011
Smashed Potatoes
These are so GOOD and SO easy! The first time I made them, I followed the recipe pretty closely, but when I have made them several times since, I have played around with the herbs togo with my main dish. Always excellent!

24 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2011
Secret Burger Sauce
One word! YUMMY!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2011
 
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