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Food fight

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I’m really suprised that Emma John from the Guardian thinks New Zealand has only recently become a place for good food. It’s true to say that taste in food was very traditional until the 90s, but ‘a sloppy shepherd’s pie or a throat-laceratingly dry roast’ is utter rubbish, how patronising.

New Zealanders have a really strong tradition of home cooking and baking – and while the food we cook today is more adventurous, the traditional roast/pies/cakes etc of tea rooms and restaurants were well cooked – infact NZ’s best selling cookery book, 1907’s Edmonds Cook Book, is still a popular present for newlyweds and expats.

In her article Emma is excited by the cuisine on offer in our finest restaurants – which is great but the reality is the quality of produce is much higher across the board. You can’t buy ready made food on the same scale and foodcourts in our malls often have better meals on offer than a lot of the chain restaurants in the UK, for half the price too.

I’ve lived here for over 5 years and it’s only now that the UK is starting to realise that you can have more than a sandwich or baked potato for lunch. In our cafes you’d never buy a muffin sealed in plastic with a best by sticker on it!

Written by Victoria

February 11, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Recipes