This month’s expat to expat is right down my alley, or should that be food aisle?
1. What is your favourite food tradition in your new country?
A few bevvies, a lot of laughter and a curry with friends after work. It’s everything about it – from the thick succulent curry, to the completely pointless and always present salt and pepper shakers. We definitely have our favourite curry houses – the best one near us has horrendous service, and if you didn’t know what it was and how good it is, you wouldn’t enter. Muhahahahaha.
2. Where have you travelled to that you thought had the best food to offer?
Italy, hands down. Even the simplest cheapest food was startlingly delicious – we found one restaurant where the Pasta was €3 and the house wine was €1.50. We went back 3 nights in a row. And then there were the Florence Pizza and Gelatos in Rome. The only reason we didn’t roll home like a Mr Wobbleymen is because of all the traipsing between sight seeing.
|A Mr Wobbleyman|
3. What is the typical breakfast where you currently live and would you eat it back home?
Everyone asks me what New Zealand food is like, and it’s disappointingly similar to English fare. I’m sure everyone has visions of us all living on Maraes eating roots and berries, but sadly we have Cocoa Pops, Roast dinners and bad takeaway. Here I have porridge in the winter, and in summer smoothies or something healthy and scrummy.
4. What type of restaurant, either style or type of food, do you think is lacking in your new home?
This is really hard, because London has practically everything and if you can’t get it here, you can go to Europe. Oh actually, reasonably priced, good Chinese food. The best we ever had was in Berlin of all places.
5. Do you think your home state/city/province has a food everyone should try?
Yes, hangi, it’s blimmin delicious. Basically dig a big pit in your backyard (or possibly someone else on holiday in Australia, the traitors) light a fire and let it settle to embers. Whilst waiting, line big wire baskets with soaked muslin, fill with Kumara, (sweet potato), potato, chicken, lamb, mutton and anything else you can think of. Lay is carefully a top the embers, and let it steam/smoke for a few hours under sod. Reveal and enjoy. Yum!
|A hangi pit, photo thanks to Hangi Underground|
6. What is your favourite dish to prepare that you would never have made back home?
All of them. I didn’t really cook, except for maybe the odd meal (or Vogels toast with tinned salmon & cheese slices as a student) or when I worked in a Deli, and invented the take-away roast – fully cooked & ready to eat Roast meals for up to 8 people.
7. What is the oddest food in your new country?
Pie, Mash, Likker (ok so far right?) and pickled eels. It’s the pickled eels that make me feel a bit weird.
No eels in this photo, I couldn’t face them.
8. If you could have a crate of one type of food sent to you from your home country, what would it be?
Well, it would be Monteiths Summer Ale, but the questions said food so I think it would have to be Squiggles without a doubt. A mixed crate of Hokey Pokey & Candy flaroured.
9. What three foods remind you of summer?
Anything on the BBQ, beetroot and apples.
10. What food from your new country are you surprised to enjoy?
Curry. My absolute favourite is Lamb Saag (mild with spinach), Peshwari (Nutty) Naan bread and mushroom rice. Get in mah belly. The surprising thing is that the longer I’ve lived here, the better my spice palate is getting.
Bonus: Where was your favourite place you ever took a summer vacation to?
The South of France for our Honeymoon. Kayaking under the Pont du Gard aqueduct was the best feeling ever – and around the corner from our apartment was a gourmet Pizza place so good we ate there three nights in a row. That, and my favourite winter holiday – standing over looking Mt. Fuji. Absolutely incredible.