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Tuesday 29th August 2006

Five Things to Eat Before You Die! - Cinq choses à manger avant de mourir!

Our ever prolific and gorgeous food blogger Béa from La Tartine Gourmande tagged me for this meme, started by Melissa at The Traveler’s Lunchbox.

Like Béa, I had awful trouble limiting it to only 5 things, a near impossible task for any food lover! Sure having not traveled the world quite as much as I hope to made it a little easier, but I still felt the need to take a few liberties especially with my number 1.

Five Things to Eat Before you Die!

  1. 1) The best snatched straight from the source, be it tree, vine or soil
  2. - including Black Dawson Cherries from a fruitful Cromwell tree in Central Otago, Mainland New Zealand.
    A sweet juicy tomato from the glasshouse in the middle of summer.
    Some baby peas together with their pods whilst out thinning the rows of baby spring carrots.
    Freshly dug Baby Jersey Benne potatoes from Oamaru, gently boiled until just tender with a sprig of mint then rolled in lashings of butter, and last but by no means least a handful or two or three (four?) of raspberries from my late grandfather’s canes in Wanaka.

  3. 2) A fluffy West Coast, New Zealand Whitebait Omelette
  4. and I don’t mean an overcooked fritter with flour! A simple fluffy two free range egg omelette with ½ cup of whitebait and a knob of butter, pinch of salt and nothing else please!!

  5. 3) Blue Cod fillets fresh from off the boats in Riverton,
  6. lovingly fried in a Speights beer batter with a scoop of chips and shared with my loved ones “round the rocks” together with at least 5 dozen seagulls!

  7. 4) My Auntie Dorothy’s Apple shortcake
  8. Lovingly made on her Orepuki farm with full cream unpasterised dairy products from the milking shed, organic grannysmiths and free range eggs and served with more cream - fresh from the friesians, very lightly whipped.

  9. 5) My Mum’s profiteroles
  10. Piled on her infamous red tray and oh please let me clean the Crème de Menthe flavoured chocolate off the tray with my fingers after all the choux have been eaten.

The task of choosing five other bloggers to tag was also difficult because so many bloggers have already completed this task. However I’m very keen to hear what would be on the last supper table for the following people:


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  1. Beautiful answers! I can certainly identify people and place in your list!!

    Tanna — Tuesday 29th August 2006 9:30 pm

  2. Great list!
    Only you did cheat a little with point 1., that’s more that one thing, right?? =)
    But I completely agree, I found it as well so difficult to only list five things, it seemed quite impossible! So I was very pleased that more people listed things I would certainly want to taste (!)
    For example your profiteroles, they sound delicious =)
    Really love your blog + writing!
    Greetings, Julia

    julia — Tuesday 29th August 2006 10:54 pm

  3. Oh man…what is “Whitebait”? Sounds like something you’d take fishing ;)

    Jeff — Wednesday 30th August 2006 1:18 am

  4. Hi Bron,
    While reading your answers I am travelling back to NZ. So nice. I remember the first time I had Whitebait, in Blenheim. I could not forget!
    I am delighted to read your answers, and would not mind some of those profiteroles!

    Bea at La Tartine Gourmande — Wednesday 30th August 2006 3:47 am

  5. Totally agree with you on the fresh from the tree/soil/vine. Nothing tastes better than when it’s absolutely fresh. I’m also with you on the black cherries. Last time I was in NZ we travelled through went Cromwell and Alexandria on the way back from Queenstown… It was the peak of cherry season and you couldn’t drive 500 yards without coming across a roadside cherry stand. We must have ate a few kilos each… so good.

    Great list :)


    Matt — Wednesday 30th August 2006 4:46 am

  6. bron! ooo… how exciting! although i do think it will be hard to narrow it down to just five. i was drooling all the way through your list and dreaming about your mom’s profiteroles. since i can’t eat any of your mom’s, i guess i’ll have to make some of my own soon. thanks for the tag! :-)

    amanda — Wednesday 30th August 2006 6:39 am

  7. Very nice list. I totally agree with your #1. Fresh from the source cannot be beat!

    Mary — Wednesday 30th August 2006 7:55 pm

  8. If, when you’re eating all of those items, you have any leftovers, please send them my way!

    Great list!

    Ivonne — Thursday 31st August 2006 3:17 am

  9. My first “proper” NZ whitebait omelette made with only eggs, whitebait and salt was such a revelation after the other floury version. Great list!

    Emma — Thursday 31st August 2006 1:15 pm

  10. Whitebait is soo popular around here at the momement - the pubs to go to have them as bar food, the restaurants list it too. Quality is invariably good!

    Now how about a recipe for your Aunts apple cake?

    Andrew — Thursday 31st August 2006 4:12 pm

  11. Ok Bron. Done.

    Thanks for asking!

    Gareth — Thursday 31st August 2006 5:12 pm

  12. Hello!

    I have mentioned your blog at:

    Na Zdravi,

    Dianka — Friday 1st September 2006 8:08 am

  13. Thanks for the tag, Bron. I really must put my thinking cap on!

    Caroline@Bibliocook — Tuesday 5th September 2006 2:17 am

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