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we wanted to look at the con­cept of global soul food from a “home” per­spec­tive – home, in this in­stance, mean­ing both New Zealand and the idea of the home it­self, en­com­pass­ing win­ter com­fort and the sim­ple plea­sures of stay­ing in.

How, then, to make a cover that en­cap­su­lated these ideas? An im­age from Ginny Grant’s pie feature, styled by our art di­rec­tor Fiona Las­celles and pho­tographed by Aaron McLean (page 90), was the in­spi­ra­tion. (That’s Aaron’s dog Tui tak­ing a break from the stress of mod­el­ling be­low.) A lap, a blan­ket and a wooden tray topped with a plate hold­ing a red-braised beef brisket pie and some roasted brus­sels sprouts – the epit­ome of win­ter cosi­ness; a TV din­ner with a dif­fer­ence.

For the cover, though, we wanted to bring in more global in­flu­ences, to re­flect how New Zealand’s food cul­ture has evolved, be­com­ing richer thanks to the di­ver­sity brought here by im­mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties. Fiona Smith’s In­dian thali-in­spired feature (page 66) gave us the food – duck ro­gan josh; matar pa­neer; chana dal with fresh co­rian­der; potato and kumara with curry leaves and mus­tard seeds; win­ter veg­etable pick­les; spiced roti – and was the in­spi­ra­tion for the tag line, meat and three veg, but not as you know it. Thank­fully, these days we have so much more to work with than over­cooked veg­eta­bles and fatty meat. In ad­di­tion to the in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of in­gre­di­ents we now have at our fingertips, there is in­spi­ra­tion ga­lore – the likes of the women of the WISE Col­lec­tive, pic­tured be­low left (see page 108 for the full feature), and tal­ented mak­ers like Sam Choi, be­low right, who put so much time and in­vest­ment into their hand­made cre­ations.

Sam and his wife Jiho Yun (above) are Walk in the Park, and the wooden bowls that hold the matar pa­neer and the chana dal on the cover are their cre­ations. Cof­fee brought the pair to­gether – they met work­ing at a cafe in Seoul – and now both work as baris­tas at Auck­land’s Lit­tle & Fri­day. But their tal­ents go be­yond the bean. In Korea, Sam stud­ied fur­ni­ture de­sign and Jiho film­mak­ing, and they are ob­sessed with mak­ing beau­ti­ful things.

Wood turn­ing is Sam’s pas­sion, and from a Ti­ti­rangi stu­dio sur­rounded by bush, he makes bowls, cups, trays, cake stands and fun­nels from sus­tain­ably sourced New Zealand wood, the likes of rimu, kauri, puriri, kahikatea and re­warewa. Jiho, mean­while, looks af­ter the im­agery and so­cial me­dia side of things.

The name Walk in the Park comes from the idea of tak­ing things slowly and notic­ing the de­tails – think­ing about the jour­ney, not the des­ti­na­tion, the pair say. Check them out on In­sta­gram (walk_in_the_­park_) and at walkinthep­ark.big­car­tel. com. ALICE NEVILLE

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