Hoi An is my FAVOURITE place so far on our whirlwind trip of Bali, Cambodia and Vietnam! Hoi An is situated on the coast in the central part of Vietnam. It is so so beautiful, it’s no wonder it was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. The old town is situated along the river. Japanese merchant houses, chinese temples, french colonial houses and ancient tea warehouses have been preserved and converted into restaurants, cafes, tailor […]
Our first stop in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formally known as Saigon. HCMC is in the south and it is the biggest city in Vietnam. When we arrived it was really overwhelming. Before we even got off the bus there were taxi drivers yelling at us from outside the front door. We were warned of this. We were also warned not to carry any valuables on us. If you took a bag out […]
Our first stop in Cambodia was Siem Reap. It is situated in the North and is most popular with tourists because of the Angkor Wat Temple Complex – this is a must do in Cambodia. There is plenty to do here and we managed to squeeze a lot into three days; party on Pub Street, go to a cooking class, explore the temples and plenty of eating out. We stayed at Mad Monkey Hostel which […]
If you always order polenta chips when you are out for lunch and dinner, here is a recipe for you. This recipe produces restaurant quality polenta chips! The chips taste so good, you would never guess that they are baked not fried. Thank you Donna Hay for the recipe and Laura for the inspiration. The polenta can also be prepared a few days in advance if you need.
There is nothing better than a deliciously creamy fish pie. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like fish pie, then you will LOVE this recipe. The first time I tried this pie, was as a flat meal in Dunedin… many years ago when I was a poor university student. There are not many recipe’s that I would ever repeat from my scarfie days as they were all frozen veges and mince […]
Angus and Julia Stone were only playing one concert in NZ this year – and as per usual it was not in Wellington. So Hamish and I decided (I decided) that it would be a good excuse to have a long weekend in Auckland. Naturally, for a long weekend you want to make the most of every minute you have on holiday. We were amped to get up to Auckland ASAP on the friday night so […]
Wellington On a Plate was made for me. Two weeks of the year when you don’t have to feel bad about eating out everyday and trying to engulf as many burgers and fries as possible. Basically, Wellington On a Plate (WOAP) is a food festival where many of the best restaurants put forward a two or three course menu accompanied with a matched beverage. Many restaurants also enter the Burger Wellington competition.
Larb was one of my favourite meals when I went to Thailand, so I had to re-create this. If you get the chilli’s from the supermarket this salad can be quite mild, so add some more if you want to amp it up. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon peanut oil 500g lean pork mince 1 stem lemon grass, pale section only, finely chopped 1 fresh long green chilli, finely chopped 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lime […]