Winner Winner Kina Dinner

by Leisha Jones

My first taste of kina was as a doe-eyed Daddy’s girl, fishing off the rocks with my father. I looked up at him as if he were Jacques Cousteau, as he pulled his diving knife out of its holster and picked up a kina off the rocks. He crudely ripped the top off, gave it a quick dunk in the ocean and urged my sister and I to try it. It was too much for my little body to handle, and what resulted was a symphony of tears, retching and wailing as I clawed at my tongue and tried to rinse the sour taste out of my mouth with seawater. Cheers, Dad… Full article “Winner Winner Kina Dinner”

Questlove

“What is food for thought? Why does food for thought make you hungry? And hungrier, the more you eat? How is an idea translated into food? Are ideas something you can taste? I had endless questions about food, about cooking, about the science of cooking, about restaurants, about chefs. I had time to go in search of the answers. That’s where I’ve been. Here’s what I brought back from my journey…” Full article “Questlove”

DJ Katapila

by Martyn Pepperell

With his debut album Trotro, Ghanian producer DJ Katapila (government name: Ishmael Abbey) re-imagined the rhythms of the traditional Ga music of his homeland through a lens coloured by 90s Detroit techno, Chicago acid house and the club music styles of the Ivory Coast and Togo. In the process, he codified twenty years of working experience as a mobile DJ into a singular sound. While after its release in 2009, Trotro garnered Ishmael a degree of recognition around West Africa, its recent international re-release through Awesome Tapes From Africa looks set to take him around the world. Full article “DJ Katapila”

Petra Shawarma

by Leisha Jones

Photography: Aaron McLean

Maryam Omar and her sister Dalal Omar take great pride in showing off the flavours of Jordan to Kingsland locals. At the family-run Petra Shawarma, questions about the menu are answered in great detail – how the dish would be eaten back home, how it has been slightly altered to meet our needs, how it should be eaten, and what it should be eaten with. Full article “Petra Shawarma”

Oysters

Photography: Fraser Chatham

“The poorer a place is the greater call there seems for oysters. Look here, Sir, here’s a oyster stall to every half dozen houses — the street’s lined with ’em. Blessed if I don’t think that when a man’s very poor, he rushes out of his lodgings and eats oysters in regular desperation.”
Charles Dickens, ‘The Pickwick Papers’ (1836) Full article “Oysters”

Camper Coffee

We asked our previous hospitality profile subject @Honebegood to nominate our next subject, and he sent us to theologian-turned-coffee-guru Lee Woo Hyung of @camper_coffee. Johnny suggested Lee “simply because I really like what he’s done with the place and he seems like a really nice guy. He’s a stylish dude who is quite obviously extremely passionate about the coffee!” Lee was the winner of this year’s New Zealand AeroPress awards and will rep us in Dublin this June. Go check out his Newmarket hole in the wall. Full article “Camper Coffee”

Olive Harvest

photography: Aaron McLean

For a young New Zealand girl, growing up on a quarter-acre section in central Auckland, growing and pressing your own olive oil seemed the reserve of the elite, with acres of rolling hills in the country. My Italian neighbours would tell of their yearly olive harvest and I imagined their estate in southern Italy, complete with majestic villa and the aforementioned hills. Many years later, while backpacking through Europe, I visited my old neighbours in their small seaside village of Scauri. No majestic villa. No rolling hills. Big disappointment. Full article “Olive Harvest”

Eat Your Weeds

by Laura Verner

Illustrations: Erin Ellis

Many useful and nutritious plants growing around us are treated as botanical outcasts. Weeds are characteristically fast-growing, and usually in areas people don’t want them. But their abundance and resilience means we are growing free food without even trying. Thinking of weeds differently opens up a new world of plants that are edible and/or medicinal. Full article “Eat Your Weeds”

Don’t throw it away

We keep being told there is a lot of food wastage in the Western world. I don’t know about you, but I am guilty as charged. I have too many veges that don’t get eaten and I tip half-eaten tins/jars of things that have spent too long in the fridge down the sink. On the bright side, I basically ignore best before dates, relying instead on my own sense of smell, taste and good sense. Here are a few other things you can do at home to reduce food waste. Full article “Don’t throw it away”