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.
It was a fun day in the beautiful homestead and gardens of the Pretty’s Te Horo property on the Kapiti Coast, and how was the weather – a glorious sunny day nudging 18 degrees – in the dead of winter!
I’m in the middle of writing an extensive piece covering the whole event and have loads of pictures to share, however there’s all number of pressing deadlines and this is now in the queue but I wanted to share a couple of snaps – so scroll down, and more soon…
Dragons Restaurant - our top secret source of Chinese Roast Duck in Wellington - well no longer a secret!
All the ducks in a row
prepping ducks with Ruth Pretty's chef team
Our apprentice chef getting tips on duck prep
Prepping Chinese Veg
Yes, I am actually working/cooking too! Got straight off the plane from Oz and we prepped and cooked until 8.30pm - great team effort
Guru Chef Ruth Pretty checking out the curry
The Wandering Palate entertaining the crowd - we had a lot of fun and now have a team of duck curry enthusiasts
And now for the taste test - a long duck banquet lunch
Duck Salad - a big hit
Duck Soup being plated up
Pièce de résistance
Cooking Chinese Veg for 28 people in one hit - not so easy
Even our local gastronomic blogger is impressed