Monthly Archives: May 2013

Nick Leggart, Lisa and Simon Bowen at 3 little birds launch.

Jamaican Food in Wellington | Murray Lloyd Photography

Bob Marley and New Zealand have always had a close relationship and this continues with the arrival in Wellington of Jamaican catering company Three Little Birds, named after a song on Bob Marley’s album Exodus.

Jerked pork and chicken, Ackee bruschetta, Solomon Gundy Cream Cheese Dip and Bob Marley all featured in the official launch of Three Little Birds thanks to the 100% Jamaican owners Simon and Lisa Bowen.

Lisa and Simon Bowen
Lisa and Simon Bowen
Jerk Pork on the BBQ
Ackee Bruschetta
Ackee Bruschetta
Vegetarian and Beef Patties - yum
Vegetarian and Beef Patties – yum

Amongst the crowd celebrating on the night was Wellington’s entire Jamaican community (so I was told) and the Mayor of Porirua, Nick Leggett.

Jamaican products on show were brought to the venue by the team at West Indies Spice Traders.

One of my favourite tastes on the night (along with the jerked pork) was the crackers topped with the Solomon Gundy Cream Cheese dip. Although they were modest in presentation the fishy flavours of the smoked herring were beautifully balanced with the heat from hot peppers.

Nick Leggart sampling the Soloman Grundy Cream Cheese crackers .
Nick Leggett sampling the Soloman Gundy Cream Cheese crackers

You can look out for their delicious food at festivals around Wellington this summer and the word is Simon and Lisa are very keen to set up a restaurant in Wellington. Jerk, Rum and Reggae – let the party begin.

David Phillips, West Indies Spice Traderss

Blood velvet cake by Jonathan Cameron

Art to get your Fangs into | Murray Lloyd Photography

High tea by moonlight anyone? An exhibition at Mahara Gallery by Jonathan Cameron shows “alluring” photographs of a high tea. Recipes photographed include Blood Velvet Cake, White Chocolate Scone with Bloodberry Jam, Summer Pudding with Bloodberry Coulis, Blood Panacotta Tart with Rose Petals, Bloodberry Slice and Vodka Blood Jelly. The recipes made by Jonathan and his partner Michelle all include blood.These morbid images satisfy art world cravings (and vampires) but would not be attractive to my real world food clients.

Blood velvet cakeWhite chocolate scone with bloodberry jam by Jonathan CameronSummer pudding with bloodberry coulis by Jonathan Cameron.Blood panacotta tart with rose petals, by Jonathan Cameron.Bloodberry slice by Jonathan Cameron.Vodka Bloodberry Jellys by Jonathan Cameron.

The  Mahara Gallery exhibition has finished but you can view this exhibition and more of Jonathan’s work here

Organic quince growing at Epicurian Supplies in Hastings, Hawkes Ba

Quince from tree to plate | Murray Lloyd Photography

Quince on tree

Quince tree in Havelock North.Sign avertising Quince for sale in Hawkes Bay.

Below are organic quince growing at Epicurian Supplies

Organic quince growing at Epicurian Supplies in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

also seen at Epicurian Supplies

Organic quince in box at Epicurian Supplies in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

the ones below were photographed for Ruth Pretty’s jars of Quince Jelly

Quince photo for Ruth Pretty Catering.Product photo of Ruth Pretty Quince Jelly.

Quince Tart Tartin at Depot Restaurant in Auckland, delicious.

Quince Tart Tatin at Depot Restaurant in Auckland