Tagged: Christchurch

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Blogging by Mail 2 – A baking fest! Tan Slice

Spicy Chocolate Biscotti Although I was a late entrant to Samantha’s Blog by Mail 2, she very kindly let me get involved and I sent off my package to Deborah in the USA on Wednesday. Figuring out what to put in it was a lot of fun and I eventually settled on a mixture of homemade goodies and local foodstuffs. I just hope that the postal service doesn’t let me down and that it gets to Deborah before anything starts growing mould!

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Cooking classes

One of the things that I do enjoy about living in New Zealand are all the cookery classes that are on offer. Not only the usual night courses at the various schools around Christchurch, but also food shops offering classes in the use of their goods à la the Mediterranean Food Company and Café and tonight I’m looking forward to a class with Judith Cullen of Judith Cullen’s Cooking Classes fame.

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Food in films: In Casablanca Angels Don't Fly

The opening film in the Date Palm Film Festival in Christchurch on Thursday night was an engrossing study of Moroccan life entitled In Casablanca, the Angels Don’t Fly. The three main characters are economic migrants, dreaming of their home villages, as they work at a minimum wage job in a bustling Casablanca café. It is a tragic tale, although occasionally shot through with moments of humour, of the struggles faced by village men who have to leave their families to work in a big city.

Food in films: In Casablanca Angels Don’t Fly 0

Food in films: In Casablanca Angels Don’t Fly

The opening film in the Date Palm Film Festival in Christchurch on Thursday night was an engrossing study of Moroccan life entitled In Casablanca, the Angels Don’t Fly. The three main characters are economic migrants, dreaming of their home villages, as they work at a minimum wage job in a bustling Casablanca café. It is a tragic tale, although occasionally shot through with moments of humour, of the struggles faced by village men who have to leave their families to work in a big city.

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Tapas experimentation at the Mediterranean Food Company

After enjoying a visit to the Nelson branch of Mediterranean Foods, I had intended to visit their shop in Christchurch, which also includes a café, for quite a while now but, somehow, it just never seemed to happen. But when I did finally make it I had a very pleasant afternoon, browsing through the shelves of this Aladdin’s Cave, piled high with ingredients from the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

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Fair Trade spices in Oxfam

My local Oxfam Fair Trade shop here in Christchurch has started stocking Fair Trade spices, including ground ginger, cinnamon – ground and sticks, whole cloves, whole and ground black peppercorns and chilli powder, all...

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Lyttelton Farmers' Market

Although there is no shortage of small weekend markets in and around Christchurch, the one thing missing is a proper farmer’s market. A couple of weeks ago, however, I read an announcement in local newspaper The Christchurch Press – which does a fantastic food section every Thursday – about a farmer’s market starting up this Saturday, 3rd of September, at the Supervalue Carpark, which is just off Canterbury Street in Lyttelton. Lyttelton is a harbour community, just about half-an-hour’s drive from Christchurch, and was one of the original ports of entry for English settlers arriving in New Zealand in the 1850s.

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Lyttelton Farmers’ Market

Although there is no shortage of small weekend markets in and around Christchurch, the one thing missing is a proper farmer’s market. A couple of weeks ago, however, I read an announcement in local newspaper The Christchurch Press – which does a fantastic food section every Thursday – about a farmer’s market starting up this Saturday, 3rd of September, at the Supervalue Carpark, which is just off Canterbury Street in Lyttelton. Lyttelton is a harbour community, just about half-an-hour’s drive from Christchurch, and was one of the original ports of entry for English settlers arriving in New Zealand in the 1850s.