Friday, October 29, 2010

Pete's Lemonade - Nelson

Pete's Lemonade is made in Nelson - from real lemon juice - is low in sugar.... and it tastes like it has been made 2 minutes ago - it is that full of natural flavour. Achieving and capturing that flavour.... no easy task. It is also lightly carbonated... which means you get soft small bubbles - some call them champagne bubbles.

I recommend buying a box or two for the summer....

Whilst the adults are supping on gin and tonic... you can imagine... their lovely children drinking Pete's Lemonade - the children enjoying feeling like they are one of the adults ... as they drink a high quality beverage filled with goodness... their parents safe in the knowledge that they are drinking 'the good stuff'.

I also see it as a great options for adults who want to drink something that is quality - enjoyable - but also non-alcoholic.



http://www.petesnatural.co.nz/




Monday, October 25, 2010

Yealands Estate - Sauvignon Blanc

I think I have written in previous blog entries - about the dropping standards of Marlborough Sav Blanc - to me - a lot of the producers are making 'acceptable stuff' - that is more at the lollie water end of the spectrum. Nice - un-challenging - summer wine. Perhaps this is what the Pom's and Safeway's et al - like - perhaps this is what has happened!

However last night I supped a bottle of Peter Yealands - 2009 - Sauvignon Blanc.

Man it was good - it had the classic Marlborough gooseberry flavour - giving it a thirst quenching tartness. I'd thought the classic Gooseberry flavour - had all but vanished - but no Yealands - has brought it back - a dam fine drink - incredibly tasty - and totally recommended - I wish other wineries would also re-discover - what made Marlborough great in the first place.

http://www.yealands.com/



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Should beer be treated like wine?

Interesting Stuff article about how supermarkets categorize beer.

It seems that beer producers are categorized by things such as: mainstream - micro - import as opposed to by the grape varietal - like wine. Who cares really... micro brewers  - are so GOD DAM serious.... they need a GOD DAM serious section for it I think - with pages and pages of serious tasting notes per product. Good on them... but they remind me - of the sort of person - who builds replica models... BORING!!!

More interestingly are the comments about Ranfurly Beer - sounds bad. Ranfurly Beer is being re branded - so it can move into the "mainstream".

A real means - brand.... and good tie in with the Ranfurly Shield.... aimed at blokes!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/4237716/Rebranding-of-Ranfurly



Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Zealand Lamb

Poor old New Zealand - we've already had an Ozzy journalist - calling us the rip-off country - now a new article - reads that it is actually cheaper to buy New Zealand lamb in London than where it is produced.

There are lots of industry excuses - although you'd think it would be more expensive due to the shipping etc....

However - basically London orders Lamb by the container.... Kiwi's don't - and our fragmented hilly Island is a pain logistics wise - much easier to ship whole containers - with guaranteed and predictable demand - than deliver to Kiwi's who are mostly broke - gouged by utilities - a and 45% tax rate etc... etc....

It's a shame though - you'd think that there would be some perks - associated with living in NZ - where clean green and tasty food is produced - but no! We are the global factory hands - we wrap it - pack it - and send it off- and eat the shitty old meats covered in preservative laced bread crumbs - or marinated in glop - or tenderized by the tread of a tank (by the looks).




Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mainland Cheese - New Zealand

I didn't realize that Mainland was owned by Fonterra... our dairy bemouth.

Regardless... credit where credit is due - Mainland Cheese - particularly the "Tasty" Cheddar is great stuff.

One of the things you notice as a Kiwi when you first move to Australia (reason for the move - being that after tax and the gross and greedy utilities in NZ - nothing is left from your pay check!!!!) - is that Aussie cheese is bloody awful. Sort of spongy, plastic and devoid of flavour. And then there are the bizarre brand names that Aussie gives its cheese... I won't say which one.



You can get the cheaper varieties of NZ cheese in Aussie - sometimes... but vintage tasty can be a rarity.

So here's a toast to New Zealand cheese - WAY BETTER THAN AUSSIE CHEESE - and that bizarre spongy processed stuff that comes from Scandanavia and the US of A.

http://www.mainlandcheese.com/index.php




Friday, October 1, 2010

A meditation of mince - and - preservatives....

Mince - that amazing food,
 Was once fatty beef off cuts...
Now a wonder good.

 Red and and fresh on the outside
Brown and stale on the inside
A marvel of preservatives
Staple food of the recession

Years ago
cheap mince...
was complete with the odd grisly bone
crunch would go the teeth..
mince the $$ dentists friend

Mixed with tomatoes and cheese in any cooking style
incredible....
dreadful raw
worse as an ice cream flavour.

THE END