Saturday, November 27, 2010

8th Tribe Liquor

Interesting looking stuff branded 8th Tribe. Lovely packaging design - which has won awards etc...

Sometimes I wonder what the fascination in NZ is with numeric liquor brands - like 42Below Vodka.. 26000 Vodka.. Seven Tiki Rum...Roaring 40s Rum....

The flavours are:

  • Dark Spice - with Horopito amongst others
  • Feijoa
  • Kiwifruit
  • Kiwi Gold
I am also intrigued by the heavy featuring of the Zespri Brand - as opposed to the use of "kiwi fruit". I am guessing this is because the product has been designed for export.

All in all looks - like a big production!
    The website is here:


    http://www.distillerie.co.nz/8th_tribe-about.html




    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Fire Dragon Chilli Sauce

    I have not tried Fire Dragon Chilli sauce myself - the labelling looks cool though huh!


    Its got some great reviews from Chilli freaks on the website.

    http://www.firedragonchillies.co.nz/




    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Cloudy Bay Oysters



    Had some Cloudy Bay Oysters a couple of days ago - from Guyton's Seafood on Haven Road. I hadn't seen them before - and was intrigued by the name - i.e. heard of Cloudy Bay wine anyone.

    The oysters - were delicious - not as meaty as the bluff oyster - fresh - like pacific oysters.

    They were good - not - cheap though - I think the dozen was about $20 bucks (cheaper than bluffies but only just).

    Even Google did not dredge much info on the Cloudy Bay Oyster.

    There were several seafood sites selling it though like:

    http://www.fishonline.co.nz/afawcs0127309/CATID=676/SUBID=920/ID=11395/SID=948901947/productdetails.html

    All I found was:

    http://www.cloudybayclams.com/

    These guys sell cockles - not Oysters.




    Sunday, November 14, 2010

    Blueberry and Horopito Sauce

    Man - though I have not tried it - this Blueberry and Horopito sounds tasty.

    It is described as:

    Delicious with lamb, venison and beef. Blueberries underlaid with raspberries and spiced with NZ herb horopito.

    Looks like it would be ideal with Venison!

    That reminds me - I saw this sauce (Delmaine) - that apparently is Manuka flavoured. I looked on the back of the bottle - there was no mention of Manuka - bizarre - I guess a flavour is used that is - approximately what a Manuka spice would be - or in fact whether there was a real manuka flavour... ???? Who knows....




    http://www.wildappetite.com/products/blueberry-and-horopito-sauce/



    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Asparagus Tips - Maggi Soup

    There is a farmer selling fresh Asparagus at the Wednesday and Saturday Nelson markets.

    It is totally delicious..... tender - and full of flavour.

    He gave me a couple of tips.

    Basically he cooks the asparagus in pre-boiled water with a smidgen of salt - for <2 minutes. He cuts off the ends (about 1 inch) basically he sticks in a fork to test... the asparagus .. should pop... under the pressure of the fork (like when you bite into a perfectly cooked prawn).

    Then with the left over water he adds a sachet of maggi chicken soup - and cooks with the discarded asparagus ends... the last step is mashing in the asparagus ends... amazing.