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Cityscape Foodie File
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With the resurgence of making things yourself and the added pressure reality television cooking shows are piling onto even the most basic concept of hosting a dinner party, there’s never been a better time to take charge in the kitchen and upskill your at-home gourmet game. Read on for the lowdown on where and how to learn to make your own cheese, pasta and preserves and through to doling out delicious desserts, the satisfaction of baking your own bread, curing your own meats and pulling off an epic, multi-course dinner party for the ages – who says you can’t take the heat? As luck would have it, rather than taking the ‘a magician never reveals his tricks’ approach, many of our city’s top chefs are only too happy to let the rest of us in on their killer kitchen secrets, with a number of Christchurch’s best eateries running associated cooking...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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Oi! Stir up the crew and get you and them down to Dux Central stat as the central city venue celebrates the world's most beloved bivalve mollusc with its grand Oyster Shuck Off today and tomorrow (Saturday 19th March) from 12 noon and onto the evening. With help from Theo's Fisheries they've ordered in a mighty big, mighty fresh shipment of every gourmet's favourite shellfish, the Bluff Oyster, and are popping 'em out in front of your eyes and firing them out to enthusiasts either natural, Kilpatrick style, or deep fried in beer batter by the half-dozen and dozen – or rocked in a shot solo with vodka and spiced tomato juice.  We've given these bad boys a crack and trust us, they’re seriously easy to plough through! Plus, of course, you're at the Dux, so you can wash those wee suckers down with something from their selection of nearly...
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Revving up for another big year – maybe its biggest ever – The Christchurch Food Show is once again all set to have us salivating and rushing home eagerly to try new ideas in the kitchen. Held from the 8th to the 10th of April 2016, at Horncastle Arena, it’s got some exciting new features in store this year in the forms of the Artisan Village and Street Food Alley. The Artisan Village will be a specialist area at the show devoted to all things handmade, traditional and small-batch, with local producers and famers’ market faves such as Lovat Venison, Chorizo Garcia, Be Nourished and The Sausage Shed showcasing their lovingly produced and delicious wares. Over at the new Street Food Alley meanwhile, you’ll find a place to satisfy the hunger that looking at and sampling all the delicious food at the show can work up, with primo ready-to-eat street...
Cityscape Gourmet Food
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Longing for a Euro-vacay but don’t have the time? Swing by the taste-makers extraordinaire at the Mediterranean Food Company and the delicious aromas and shelves piled high with delectable European deli-style goodies will have you thinking you’ve just stepped into a Tuscan market. To visit is to immediately long to cram as much of their premium product range as you can into your car for the trip home and start reaping the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. As a family business importing from other family businesses, the team at Mediterranean Food Company has the ability to source unique, authentic and hard to find boutique lines of exceptional coffees, very fine wines (including labels you’ll only find in store), Italian cheeses (including real parmigiano reggiano), 70 different shapes of pasta, salumi and genuine Parma ham (actually hailing from Parma!), an extensive range of extra-virgin olive oils from Spain, Greece, Italy and...
Cityscape Recipes
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Up your gourmet game with Dragons Den Social Lounge’s international award-winning chef. Chilli Soy Dipping Sauce This multi-tasking Japanese-based dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment to dumplings, gyoza, yum cha, most fried foods and could be sparingly used as a dressing in a Thai beef salad. At Dragons Den we pair it with our New Zealand King Salmon Tempura Noir Rolls (pictured). If you’re new to dashi (a broth made from water, kombu [dried kelp], and bonito fish flakes) and mirin (a sweet rice wine) you can pick up some dashi powder and a bottle of mirin from your local Asian Supermarket. SHOPPING LIST 1 cup dashi soup stock (or ¼ tsp dashi powder to 1 cup of water) ¼ cup mirin ¼ cup soy sauce ½ tbsp sugar ½ chilli (red with medium heat) sliced with seeds Fresh coriander leaves to taste. MAKING IT HAPPEN Put dashi, mirin, soy sauce,...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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Christchurch takes its coffee very seriously– in fact, we probably have one of the highest proportions of coffee-roasters-per-population on the planet. With that in mind, Cityscape stepped up its never-ending pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee and caught up with the people behind the grinds who are blending and roasting the city’s favourite coffees. From the fine art of selecting and blending beans through to the importance of origin and the alchemy of precision roasting, Cityscape discovers what goes into Christchurch’s premium coffees.“Anyone can roast coffee beans; the skill is getting up to 7 different single origins each individually-roasted to perfection and masterfully blended to create a really great cup of coffee,” says Hummingbird Coffee’s general manager Nick Cowper. “I think it’s important to have a wide range of unique, special and, above all, memorable coffees. It could be a beautiful single origin, or a complex blend.” Having spent more...
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Brimming with, and surrounded by, artisanal producers of gourmet goodies at the top of their game, Christchurch is a heaven-sent gastronomic smorgasbord for foodies and culinary connoisseurs alike. And with some of the best produce in the world right on our doorstep (seriously – a lot of these producers just need to poke their heads out the door to source ingredients!), it’s a given that the region’s small food producers are killing it on the national (and international) scene. Why opt for bland and mass-produced when high-quality ingredients, traditional methods and plenty of love are fuelling the rise of ‘artisan eating’ both here and the world over? Join Cityscape for the good (hand-pressed virgin olive) oil on the local scene. FROM THE OVEN … There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly-baked bread and sin-sational cakes – add ol’ skool techniques, natural ingredients including, gasp, butter to the mix and make a beeline for the following bodacious baked beauts....
Cityscape Gourmet Food
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A freshly-baked loaf of bread is a great winter warmer, but why settle for plain ol’ bread when you can chow down on the glory that is Totally Gluten Free Bakery’s heaven- sent Bacon, Cheese and Cracked Pepper loaf. Full of bacony joy, this savoury sensation is (as its maker’s name suggests) GF without losing flavour or bready goodness.   Launch things into the flavour stratosphere by adding NIH’s Cucumber and Chilli Chutney, a feisty, ol’ skool treat that goes with everything and can be found at the Ohoka and Lyttleton Farmers’ Markets.  (Tip: grab the one with the red ‘H’: Whole. Other. Level!)...
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Catering and hires business Continental has stepped things up a notch with the appointment of Simo Abbari as Executive Chef.If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s well known amongst foodies in the city – Moroccan-born Simo is the taste-maker behind delicatessen/cafe/cooking school Mosaic by Simo in Addington and pre-quake, Restaurant Simo’s at the Crowne Plaza. Simo has vast and diverse experience in the industry, having trained in classical French cuisine, worked in kitchens around Europe and North Africa, and overseeing first-class airline catering from Tripoli before moving to our neck of the woods 22 years ago and working at the Millennium Hotel, Christchurch Parkroyal, Convention Centre and Westpac Trust Centre before opening his own ventures, which quickly became local favourites.As Continental’s Executive Chef, Simo will be overseeing the cuisine direction all Continental’s food-based activities: Event Catering (weddings, private occasions, public and sporting events, corporate catering, conferencing and tradeshows); the Alff...
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Annual culinary extravaganza The Food Show returns to the city soon to showcase all things delicious and delectable over three days at the Horncastle Arena. The country’s largest selection of South Island food, drink and kitchen equipment suppliers will be clustered together May 1-3.This year a brand new area to the show will be launching, called The Healthy Hub. This area of the show is set to bring together all things health-giving, fitness promoting and wellness-enhancing. Those visiting the new area can expect to see The Real Food Pledge, an inspirational cook who is launching a new cookbook to inspire people to get back to basics and make healthy recipes from ‘real foods’, as well as Viberi, producers of a range of dried and frozen organic blackcurrant products.As usual, there will be plenty of tips, tricks and recipes to learn from inspirational chefs at the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre, where you’ll be...