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The Well Travelled Spatula

 
May 26, 2010 11:16 pm 
Updated: May 28, 2010 3:36 pm
It is cold and wet this morning. It has been raining hard for three solid days. Today, it is supposed to ease, but get cold and turn to snow! Winter is truly upon us in the Hilltop Kitchen! Snow is good, though. The way our wonky New Zealand weather works, a snowstorm is usually followed by… MORE
 
 
May 20, 2010 12:07 am 
Updated: May 27, 2010 4:26 pm
Today was a good day, a very good day really. As my regular readers know, this Winter I am working in the Hilltop kitchen two days a week while the main chef has his days off. Our other chef has gone back to visit his family in the Czech Republic during our winter months. Things have slowed MORE
 
 
May 8, 2010 11:52 pm 
Updated: May 11, 2010 6:43 pm
We just got back from a terrific holiday in Australia, with our batteries re-charged and the taste of some great dining experiences still on our palates. Over many relaxed conversations and great meals, we renewed our vows to ‘up our game’ and not ‘lose the plot’ during the upcoming slow winter… MORE
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Yuba City, California, USA

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Jan. 2009

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

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About Me
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.
 
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