Game Day Smoked Ribs

Superbowl Sunday morning, I couldn’t think of a better place to be than sitting on the fire escape, watching smoke billow out of our brand new Big Chief electric smoker.  D. set a fan in the window to keep the smoke blowing outward, but that didn’t keep the warm smell of hickory from filling theContinue reading “Game Day Smoked Ribs”

Cracklings!

There is still plenty of suckling pig in our freezer: a bit of pancetta, a piece of five spiced pig belly, one more ham, two shoulders, the trotters, the head, and a bunch of bones.  We cooked a bone-in loin the first weekend. It was the tiniest loin you ever saw – smaller than rackContinue reading “Cracklings!”

Suckling Pig Carbonara

D. and I are keeping our promise to our little suckling pig to make it delicious, and not to waste a bit. Earlier this week we were craving pasta carbonara, and I thought, what better way to put our suckling pig pancetta to use?  Not only was it super easy, we were able to makeContinue reading “Suckling Pig Carbonara”

Afternoon Among the Waiheke Vines

The tasting room at Mudbrick Vineyards After our holiday in Pauanui, I was beginning to feel quite at home in Kiwi country.  One of the things I definitely wanted to do while I was here was to tour some vineyards.  Fellow chefs who had visited NZ recommended dining at vineyard restaurants for their superior foodContinue reading “Afternoon Among the Waiheke Vines”

The Healing Waters of the Coromandel Peninsula

My first weekend in New Zealand was a long weekend.  Monday was New Zealand’s national holiday commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Whitangi.  Signed on February 6th, 1840, it established a British governor of New Zealand, and gave the native Maori people the rights of British citizens, and recognized their ownership of their landsContinue reading “The Healing Waters of the Coromandel Peninsula”