Peach Melba (and variations on a theme)

The Peach Melba was created for the Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba in the 1890s by French chef Auguste Escoffier, at the Savoy Hotel in London. His first version of what became the Peach Melba was fresh peaches and vanilla icecream (including a swan carved out of ice). Several years later he changed this […]

Raspberry Picking 2013

Raspberry pick Number 1 : the day before Christmas (the mad rush)   Mum’s alarm went off at 5.50 am. I didn’t hear a thing. Mum thought I would have and I am woken by her standing at my bedroom door saying “aren’t you coming raspberry picking?” I grabbed whatever clothes I could find in […]

Supermarket versus Farmers’ Market : Part 2

The Farmers’ Market: One sunny January morning we set out to pick raspberries and blueberries at a berry farm. It was shut. www.rubyglen.co.nz As it turned out this was fortuitous as we headed off to the local Farmers’ Market instead. www.marketground.co.nz/fmnzhb An impromptu visit can sometimes be the most rewarding as there are fewer expectations […]