I recently found myself living in New Zealand. I think the world of this country and am fortunate to get to spend some time here. The people are lovely and the country lives up to it's reputation in terms of natural beauty and awe inspiring landscapes.
Beyond the obvious fact that I am literally upside-down at the bottom of the southern hemisphere my routines and day to day life were also turned upside-down in the move from Canada. As that relates to cooking, something that is now very obvious to me is that the ingredients and flavours that I have come to rely on in my cooking at home are not the same when I am living abroad. Don't get me wrong, Canada and NZ are not worlds apart on the culinary / cultural spectrum, but I think that anyone who is a passionate cook will appreciate just how much the subtle differences in what is available in your new local store will impact your cooking. More so, there are subtle variations in the taste of items that you take for a given in one locale that aren't that close in the new locale. Add in local seasonality and local items and a whole new world opens up in your cooking. Or in other words, you're cooking upside-down.
The recipes posted here have a few goals:
- To share the recipes that I love with anyone who is interested in them
- To keep the ingredients simple. That's a promise. I will do my best to make sure that the ingredients in my recipes can be found relatively easily. I may push you to visit a local Asian grocery store for some of the dishes but by and large what you need should be available in most traditional grocers.
- I'll weigh in on substitutions. Nothing like trying to make a recipe, not being able to find something and then getting frustrated.