Posts Tagged ‘Kapiti’

I tortured or bored – depending on their perspective – my Fb friends on the weekend, documenting for them the six-course degustation (tasting) menu my friend and I prepared for Saturday evening.

We had made the drive out of the city and up the coast to the beach house of friends we’ve known for years. In fact, one of them remembers me from my job interview before I even moved to Wellington in 1985, and we then worked together for the next ten years, albeit sometimes in different countries. It was nice to get out of town, to enjoy their garden with flower buds and asparagus spears and spring freesias, and flowering herbs and bees and eels and one stray goose, and to walk along the beach (though we did get soaked as the squall we watched come across Kapiti Island caught us before we got home).

Preparing and eating the meal together was fun, and I definitely recommend trying it with friends. Divide up the courses, make things you can cook in advance (my lemon tart for dessert, or the beef tagine that was pre-marinated and just bubbled away in the evening till we needed it), or need little preparation (whitebait fritters, salad, or cheese board). Match the menu with wine, drink LOTS of water and make sure you don’t have to drive anywhere afterwards (we were overnight guests), size the portions accordingly, and take lots of photos.

We’re going to try it again, but might up our game next time, with a more adventurous menu – or not.


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Finally, a few days before Christmas, the summer weather set in, giving us a lovely Christmas Day, and now a week of beautiful weather, which meant it was time to get out and about.

Today, we ventured north, through the suburbs (stopping for some last minute sales) to the west coast, where the Tasman Sea sparkles, Kapiti Island dominates the seascape, and the South Island waves at us. Friends have just bought a weekend beach house, and we were heading out to celebrate with them, and check it out.

The cold wind we’d had in Wellington disappeared, and we were welcomed into a sheltered, green, haven of fruit trees, monarch butterflies, ducks and ducklings, and hungry eels in the creek.

I made a half-hearted effort to snap a butterfly, but declared it impossible, as they were alighting on flowers or the feijoa trees for too short a time to focus and snap. Instead, I focused on the water lilies and other flowers,  though the Husband decided to prove me wrong and was soon asking for an apology (see below).

We enjoyed a long lazy lunch under the wisteria, appreciating the breeze, loving the tranquil view, sipping some excellent wine (a rose – compulsory drinking in summer – and a lovely sauvignon blanc), nibbling on good bread, Christmas ham, cheese and chutney, the sweetest home-grown strawberries, and Christmas cherries.

What more could we ask for on a perfect day, nestled between two public holidays, in this, the most relaxed of seasons?


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A feijoa flower

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Time to feed the eels

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Apologies to my husband – I was wrong!


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