Asian flavours, nostalgia & more...
NEARLY 14 YEARS AGO, my fiancé and I packed up our worldly possessions to embark on our Asia adventure: living and working in Hong Kong on a two-year contract. Most of our things were put into storage but we were advised to take some of our treasured personal items to help us feel at home in our new city – among mine was a collection of Cuisine magazines dating back to the late 90s. Our two years in Hong Kong became 13 and included plenty of travel and eating throughout Asia. My collection of Cuisines grew from visits to New Zealand and the odd exciting find in Hong Kong book stores. They certainly were treasured, and evoked feelings of nostalgia whenever I flicked through for a bit of Kiwi inspiration, and pride when I shared them with non-Kiwi friends. So it was with a heavy heart last year, when preparing to finally move back to New Zealand, that I decided it was time to say goodbye to my precious collection. I was delighted to receive a subscription for Cuisine for my birthday this year and my collection is beginning to be rebuilt. We love being back in New Zealand for so many reasons, with food and wine certainly featuring high on the list, but in an ironic twist I have lately found myself hankering for the flavours of Asia. Your latest issue has been a timely reminder that there are plenty of places here where I can go for a fix. Thanks for hitting the spot over so many years. Katrina Williams, via email Racing around like a mad chook trying to get orders for customers out the door and dealing with the madness of christmas, I was thrilled to get in the post the latest Cuisine magazine and especially thrilled to see the theme of Asian flavours. Having found a quick five minutes, I ripped open the wrapper and can’t wait to put to test my new bamboo steamer and try the prawn, scallop & corn dumplings (180:80) among many other delicious, inspiring recipes. Lisa Adams, Mangawhai Heads
I HAVE JUST RETURNED from a two-week trip through New Zealand with my family, and it was a delicate balance of tramping (husband), Lord of
the Rings sites (teen boys) and food (yes, me). It was all breathtaking, between mountains, rivers, orcs, elves, cheese, honey and venison, but by far the greatest find was in a back-street op shop in Napier. I fell upon the 20 cent 1992/1993 Cuisine magazines like a ravenous beast, and had great fun reading about the musings of Lady Lunchalot and contemplating 90s nouvelle cuisine in a recipe for French onion soup with a chive meringue crouton (I made it when I got back... sadly, it dissolved). I have made notes for recipes to try, and frankly, ones to avoid. For a mere $1.40, I had hours of entertainment. As a history teacher and home cook, these were delicious time capsule morsels. Thank you for making a wonderful trip to New Zealand just a little bit more fabulous. Anne Gripton, via email
IN THE LAST ISSUE’S restaurant reviews, we incorrectly published an image of Noble Rot with the Sterling Woodfire Eatery & Bar review. Apologies to Sterling – here is the correct image. Write to Cuisine by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org