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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pics from the weekend.

No food today just a couple of pictures from our Easter weekend trip to see Julia's parents in Coromandel. The pigeons love the cabbage tree fruit.

The New Zealand native pigeon/kereru

Whangapoua beach is just across the Coromandel peninsula from Coromandel township which is about two hours drive north from Hamilton. Julia's parents used to live there in the house/bach that her father built about 35 years ago, she has been going there since she was born. I first went there when I was 15 and fell in love with the place. Julia's parents sold their house a few years ago and moved to Coromandel township but we go to the beach for a swim at least once every time we visit. We spent many of our summers as teenagers on this beach, it holds great memories.

This is my first attempt at a panoramic edit using photoshop.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Fresh Snapper En Papillote

Greetings fellow food lovers. Again, it has been some time since my last post. I offer you my humble apologies and promise to do better.
It has been a very busy time for me having started at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) mid February and working part time in the evenings five days a week. The Journalism Diploma course is lots of fun, very interesting and challenging (grrrr Teeline shorthand classes). My fellow class mates are a great bunch of people and I am looking forward to spending a very entertaining year with them.
The inspiration to blog has been somewhat lacking of late but I now have a new and powerful motivator and I pledge to post at least once a week from now on (yes you've heard it before but I really really mean it this time, honest). We have been advised by our tutor that when applying for jobs prospective journalists are expected to have been blogging. So there it is, I no longer have any excuse, I MUST BLOG.

And now for the food. The following recipe will serve two, with a very tiny bit left over for the cat if you so desire (or, if you're like me, eat it all and the cat gets nothing).

En Papillote means 'in paper' and baking parchment is traditionally used, however, tin foil will do just fine.

300-400g of fresh snapper
6 black olives
2 large cloves of garlic sliced thickly
2 teaspoons of capers
1 tin of Delmaine tomatoes with garlic and olive oil
2 large chargrilled and peeled capsicum (buy them in jars from the supermarket)
The juice of half a lemon
A tablespoon of fresh Italian flat leafed parsley, roughly chopped
Salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper

Mix your ingredients in a bowl. Place your fish on a large sheet of tin foil and pour the sauce mixture over the top. Fold the foil over to seal the fish in a parcel and bake at 180C for about 25-30 minutes. Serve.