Breakfast at Pretty’s

Sifting through photos I took on my recent trip to New Zealand and visit to Ruth and Paul Pretty’s marvellous property on the Kapiti Coast just north of Wellington, www.ruthpretty.co.nz I came across a couple of pictures of Paul cooking a remarkable breakfast. I say remarkable not just to compliment the cook – although he could do with a bit of praise as the concomitant to his celebrity chef wife – but more so because I discovered and savoured so many exceptional ingredients in one modest yet totally enlightening breakfast. Read More >

Crunchy Granola Suit

I’m a recovering lawyer. Been in the game for nearly forty years. There, I’ve come out with it, and I feel a lot better. Read More >

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Ruth Pretty Duck & Pinot Show

The Wandering Palate was in good form demonstrating ‘Wife’s Legendary Duck Curry’ at the eponymous Ruth Pretty Cooking School, expanded to the full duck banquet and paired with some fabulous pinot noirs from Paul Pretty’s cellar. Read More >

Crise de foie “Nothing is more delicious than that which is forbidden”

California’s decision to ban foie gras (a decision upheld on July 18th, meaning that appeals for rejection of the ban must now wait until the end of August) have ruffled duck feathers in south-west France.  Read More >

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Beer Before Wine is Fine

When I left Australia in 2004, Victoria Bitter (VB) was the most popular beer, and Crown Lager is what we drank when we wished to be posh. Beer drinking was a simple uncomplicated pastime – at the cricket, at the footy, at a BBQ or on the wood, it lubricated conversation in a gathering of men. It created courage, stupidity and humour. It celebrated victories and consoled losses. Read More >

Cider Report – Part Two

Our Melbourne correspondent, Andrew Jenkins, is on the trail of dry cider in Australia and discovers a particularly good vintage 2011 up in Harcourt. Read More >

The Duck and Pinot Show – 28th July

The Wandering Palate’s Duck Run is migrating to New Zealand where I will conduct a duck curry – duck banquet cooking class at the legendary Ruth Pretty Cooking. Read More >

Duck Curry and New Zealand Pinot Noir – A Perfect Match

More Duck Run as the Wandering Palate gears up for a New Zealand migration conducting a duck curry cooking class at the legendary Ruth Pretty Cooking school, here is the updated recipe, pairing to Kiwi Pinot Noir.  Read More >

The Cider Report – Part One

Our Melbourne correspondent, Andrew Jenkins, investigates the bourgeoning Cider and Perry consumption in Australia, moreover is making some of his own with favourable results, least the local possums think so. Read More >

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The Cleansing Ale

It might be perplexing to budding wine enthusiasts and no doubt connoisseurs will be aghast at the very notion of enjoying a beer at the end of a wine dinner, however the ‘cleansing ale’ does have its merits. Read More >