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A Journey into the wild; The Riverhead

On a very sunny mid week day, I decided to swap the suit for a pair of shorts and “flip-flops” and head to a more conservative “eatery”after having being sick to death of Auckland’s crazy “trendy” cafe’s where everything may as wel be served out of a hat…..well not really. My first initial thoughts when i saw the place were “Welcome to Paradise”, getting away from the hustle and bustle, and some what pretentiousness of todays food critics…

Such a beautiful big old building that had been done up respectfully. Perched on rivers edge makes it somewhat remarkable and in general, an all round lovely location. Seating was efficient but a bit gutted we didn’t book as i ended sitting next to a very awkwardly placed wall. Nevertheless, coffee orders came through and everything seemed swift. Thats where something hit the wall, maybe it was lunchtime rush, but it took a good 13 or so minutes to get coffee delivered, and for me that’s just not good enough. When it came, it was good, so i happily ordered another (hoping it wouldn’t take so long).

For lunch i decided to ask the waiter for their preference, (hoping to get some crazy choice). Upon arrival i got what was called “The real woodchoppers” pizza, very tasty and well seasoned, but still just a pizza. The portobello mushrooms were very “garlicy” and i loved it. It was a meat-lovers heaven and it definitely had the smoky outdoor flavour to it which was definitely a nice change.

Its such a nice place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD and i will definitely be going again. The beauty and the wonder of Coatesville is simply remarkable. If you’re keen to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life then head out to “The Riverhead”, but make sure you book!

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Healthy Summer Dinners

Good evening and welcome. Im here to share my food knowledge and teach people how easy it is to eat well

Poached Hoki with fresh grapefruit, charred corn and lemon infused rice……..

Long hot summer days usually call for a light meal to seal the deal. I found myself on one Sunday afternoon waltzing around the supermarket trying to decide how to fulfill myself that evening…food wise. Where i live im very fortunate to live by the sea so we have fresh fish daily at our disposal. I decided a light seafood meal would do the trick, so I was soon a man on a mission and making my way back home with many concoctions running through my head.

I decided to get a tasty asian inspired “poaching liquid”¬†going which i could use to poach my fish. This involved spring onions, minced chilli, garlic, fennel, lime juice, soy sauce and about 150ml vege stock (dependent on fish size and thickness).This was on low and i gave it about 20 mins to infuse.

I had my rice infusing in freshly squeezed lemon and lemon grass for about the same time, then i used the absorption method to cook.

While these were rolling along, I took an open flame to the whole sweetcorn, aiming for the creme brulee or charred capsicum approach. These were then set aside to cool.

I prepped the fish, deciding to use Hoki as i wanted it to flake and they usually have a low amount of bones and a very natural flavour. Not to mention its usually one of the cheapest to buy.

Rice was cooking away and it was time to put my fish in, 3 mins and it was done, topped with fresh parsley as it jumped out of the pot.

Cut the corn of the cob, strain the rice and grate some lemon rind on top. Collaborate all into a bowl and bobs your uncle….

Oh and don’t forget the segmented grapefruit on top.