Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cafe de la Nouvelle Mairie


Cafe de la Nouvelle Mairie
David, 31 Aug 03:18 AM

News of a favorite classic French restaurant, Moissonnier, closing from a reader (thanks for the tip, Annette) reminded me of the challenges of running a good restaurant. The food was traditional French, done right, prepared with care by the chef/owner, with his wife tending to the details in the dining room. A drive-by location, and a younger generation not as interested in quenelles in cream sauce as their grandparents (and me), were perhaps factors for their closing. Or maybe the owners were just ready to retire.
Nevertheless, it was a perfect chance to visit Café de la Nouvelle Mairie with my friend Michael, who’s visiting from San Francisco, before he headed south to attend a wedding. He suggested lunch in the 5th arrondissement, where he was staying, and I suggested meeting here.
Instead of lamenting a closing, it’s a reminder that the Parisian bistro has been going through a reboot during the last decade or so. Some of the places that have sprung up in the last few years are still finding their way. The bistronomy movement, that promised a return to casual dining, and freshness, in many cases evolved into showplaces for young chefs trying to impress by audacity, rather than to satisfy. The carefully balanced plates with bits of meat, the obligatory root vegetable, a flower here and there, herbs you’ve never heard of (and wonder where they find in Paris), along with brushstrokes of sauce, works well when they’re done right. But when they aren’t, I’m left not feeling satisfied, and even a little cheated.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Luscious sandwich fillings, crunchy salad and spicy dal, something for everyone this week.

It's not spring yet ...even though yesterday felt like it in my neck of the woods! Father’s Day is coming our way this weekend, but you don’t have to be a dad to enjoy a sandwich stuffed full of gorgeousness. Haloumi sizzled in butter, crisp radish, sliced meat and chutney, mayo … yep, whatever you like, as long as it is fresh and well seasoned. It takes lunch to another level; in fact a sandwich like this is good enough for dinner! Dad's Sandwich But before Sunday, I’ve got a gig at Farro Fresh Grey Lynn this Saturday. I’ll be cooking up the lovely Leelands Lamb leg recipe I featured the other week. The lamb is superb ­ – in fact when I served it last weekend to a crowd of Aussies, it was so tender they thought it was beef. I’ll be at Farro’s with Bill French from Leelands. He’s the farmer who grew the sheep in Southland, and he’s bringing up the lamb to Farro’s and I’m cooking it alongside him. I like to know where my food comes from, and I reckon you can’t get more traceable than that. The Leelands story If you are in Auckland, call in and say hi, and try some spicy little lamb koftas and a slice of the delicious lamb with fresh caper salsa while you go about your shopping. I’ll be really happy to meet you, especially if you follow Shared Kitchen, and to have a chat. Nice. Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Caper Salsa Never say never. Yesterday was so beautiful I kidded myself that spring was coming. Hopes were dashed this morning. So we’ve got cross-over food today: Ilaria’s made a warming pot of dal – it’s an inexpensive way to feed a heap of people – and I’ve kept it all pink with an interesting salad full of crunchy bits, juiciness, salty bites and a sweet and sour dressing. I could eat a huge bowl of it (okay, I did, I consumed the WHOLE lot … well, there was no one else here and I didn’t want it to go to waste). You might find it equally as addictive. Ilaria's Spicy Tomato DalPink Salad I’ve also posted some new dates for classes. And it will be spring by the time they come around. Yay! There is only one date in September, the 30th, and a repeat of the class the following day, 1st October, so don’t dilly-dally if you are keen. Spring Cooking Classes Remember that you can book private cooking classes, just get a group together, decide on a theme, and away we go. And, with Christmas coming up, keep in mind that we can do cooking classes or food events for small numbers here, or at your home or accommodation on Waiheke, or in hired venues. This is great for corporate groups, and we can combine wine tastings, perfume making, garden foraging, all sorts of things, to give your group a fab day on Waiheke. If you’re trying to nut out something to do to celebrate the end of the year, let’s chat and come up with a plan. The rain has eased, I’ve got to get this posted, then I’m headed straight to a bowl of steaming dal. Nice one Ilaria! Happy cooking Julie

Friday, August 25, 2017

Eat Your Books - Weekly Roundup

Recipes | Books | Blog Weekly Round-Up Dear BookmanBeattie, At Eat Your Books we want to bring you the best recipes – our dedicated team searches out and finds online recipes excerpted from newly indexed cookbooks and magazines. New recipes from the best blogs are indexed daily and members index their favorite online recipes using the Bookmarklet all the time. Below you’ll find this week's recommendations from the EYB team. Remember you can add any of these online recipes to your EYB Bookshelf – it’s a great way to expand your personal recipe collection. Happy cooking and baking everyone! The team at EatYourBooks Blueberry-Rosemary Breakfast Pudding from Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard Photo submitted by laurenlangston. Have you uploaded any of your own photos yet? Learn more! From blogs: Buttery Pound Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze from indexed Eats Well with Others From UK books: 8 recipes from Sri Lanka: The Cookbook by Prakash K. Sivanathan & Niranjala M. Ellawala

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eat Your Books Weekly Roundup

Recipes | Books | Blog Weekly Round-Up Dear BookmanBeattie, Did you know adding online recipes to your EYB Bookshelf is a really great way to build your personal recipe collection? You can do this even if you have a free membership! Try it out now and see how easy it is. Browse the recipes below, choose one that appeals, click on the link, and add it to your Bookshelf. (Make sure that you are signed in first.) All the recipes we feature in these weekly round-ups have online links so you can add any of them to your Bookshelf. Happy cooking and baking everyone! The team at EatYourBooks Member Photo of the Week: Roasted Root Vegetable and Wheat Berry Salad from David Lebovitz's indexed blog Photo submitted by eliza. Have you uploaded any of your own photos yet? Learn more! From magazines: 7 zucchini recipes by Domenica Marchetti from the August issue of indexed Better Homes & Gardens Magazine From UK books: 5 recipes from Spanish Made Simple: Foolproof Spanish Recipes for Every Day by Omar Allibhoy (Now available in the US) Enter the Spanish Made Simple GIVEAWAY! (US only)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hearty Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie

17 August 2017
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Hoison Pork with Garlic Pak Choy
Embrace easy, achievable weeknight meal options, like aromatic Hoisin Pork with Garlic Pak Choy.
Chocolate Soufflé
Savour the sublime with Sarah Tuck's Double-Baked Chocolate Soufflés with Whiskey Chocolate Sauce.
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Hello Graham
With Visa Wellington On a Plate officially underway, this weekend, Dish is on tour. 
Join us and follow our social media coverage as we sample the city's best artisan producers, from coffee and craft beer to fine dining and street food offerings, from the CBD to the Wairarapa.

On the home front, our
Dish Tasting Panel savour the nation's best cabernet-dominant reds, and we gear up for another unforgettable Dine with Dish: Tuatara Brewing Co. at The Grounds.
To celebrate, we're offering one lucky reader a double-pass to join us for dinner on Wednesday, August 23. To learn more about this one-of-a-kind foodie, see here.
Happy cooking!
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Root Vegetable Paneer
Root Vegetable and Red Lentil Dhal with Paneer
Chicken Pie
Hearty Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie
Guinness and Dulce de Leche Tiramisu
Guinness and Dulce de Leche Tiramisu

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Book Bibliophiles Will Cherish


A Book Bibliophiles Will Cherish
At 23 and tiptoeing through the professional world, I’ve come to a point in my life where meeting people means I’m meeting who they’ve grown up to be. Many of the young women I meet have amazing, powerful jobs; 75-hour workweeks; and wardrobes bought entirely at Saks Fifth Avenue. For country-mouse me, this is still a new, frightening world. But then I recognize something in the way they express themselves, the depth of their eyes, and the brief silences when they seem to drift somewhere far away.

'A Bookseller's Advice for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos'

Shelf Awareness

"As a bookseller, I'd like to offer a suggestion: Stop hawking books on Amazon at such drastically slashed prices.... I ask you to think about this now that you have reached a place where you desire to help people.

"You don't have to work through the intermediary of a charity. You can simply raise the price of the books you offer for sale on your site to fair market value. Yes, what I'm asking you to do is no more, or less than to make a profit on your book sales. You might see a drop in how many books you move, but people would continue using your site for the convenience. Surely you must know this is true.

"By implementing this single yet monumental change to your business model, you would remain the most powerful retail site in the country, still generating tremendous profits. But you would give independent neighborhood bookstores a better chance to survive and promote reading culture 'in the here and now.' That would be a lasting legacy."

--B.J. Hegedus, gift buyer & merchandising designer for Vroman's Bookstore and Book Soup, in a Los Angeles Times op-ed

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Vice president and publisher of WaterBrook and Multnomah Alex Field is leaving the company in September to start an author-consulting business. Crown has begun searching for his successor. Publisher for Christian Publishing Tina Constable writes, "He has been a true partner in helping me position WaterBrook and Multnomah for the future.... Alex is a man of deep faith, and his in-depth knowledge of the Christian landscape combined with his joyful spirit and exuberant smile will be missed by all."

Poet Dionne Brand has been named to the newly-created position of poetry editor at McClelland & Stewart.

If you haven't read it yet, NY Magazine has a
detailed Kremlinology on Michiko Kakutani's departure from the NYT, concluding "If Kakutani jumped, there was a wind at her back."

They report: "According to two sources, Kakutani asked if she could write a political column for the Times. Because of the solid wall between news and opinion at the paper, that would have meant leaving her job. Others speculate it could have been some kind of plum writer-at-large job, including a Times magazine contract. The confidant says that writing outside the book section was 'something she wanted to do more of — just anything you can think of, except food.'.... Whatever it was she was looking for at the Times, it wasn't available. Under all these circumstances — a new boss demanding uncomfortable levels of team spirit, a lateral promotion denied — the buyout is perceived by some Times staff members as something short of completely voluntary."

Publisher All Due Respect has become part of Tampa-based Down & Out Books. Publisher and executive editor Chris Rhatigan will continue to oversee the line, while partner Mike Monson "is stepping away" from the business.

OverDrive announced it has been certified as a B Corporation, which "acknowledges the company's commitment to creating exceptional positive social and environmental impact."

Barnes & Noble has launched the
B&N Podcast, featuring conversations with top authors six to eight times a month.

Harper Christian has paired with self-publishing service providers Accurance and Fast Pencil to create a self-publishing "imprint," Elm Hill. Director of publishing services for HarperChristian Pete Nikolai is also publisher of Elm Hill. The site claims to offer a "never-been-done-before experience," in part by "leveraging HarperCollins Christian Publishing's outstanding sales and distribution." Packages
range from $1,399 to $8,999; the distribution option is available to those paying $6,799 or more, but the "notable channels" they work with are primarily online stores and wholesalers. For $3,500, you can take online courses in book marketing to become what they call a Professional Certified Author (which, in the old days, is what we called a writer who got paid by someone to license and publish their work).