Cupboard Love: July 4
A PUFF OF FRESH AIR
A Stuff reader was outraged recently when we published a recipe using storebought puff pastry. I don't know about you, but making my own puff pastry is hardly the sort of thing I like to do after work, even if lots of the bought stuff is pretty grim.
Rather than consign yourself to a life without the delicate, flaky butteriness that is good puff pastry, make a beeline for the brilliant stuff turned out by French bakery Paneton. Its ready-rolled flaky puff pastry (RRP$6.99 for 500g, available from selected New World supermarkets and specialty food stores) is alll-natural and made to a French recipe with proper butter. If you can make better than this at home, let me know.
If you prefer flakes of the cereal variety, you'll probably go nuts for the limited edition Kellogg's tins being given away with purchases of cornflakes at Countdown supermarkets this month. The tins, based on a design from the 1900s, are available while stocks last as part of 'Love Your Cereal' month.
SIMON GAULT ON TOUR
Are you missing your weekly fix of chef Simon Gault now Masterchef has finished? Fret not, you can see him in the flesh this month at a series of free cooking demonstrations held at Westfield shopping malls in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Gault, executive chef at Auckland restaurant Euro, will be showing how to create easy dinner party dishes. He'll be in Wellington for two shows on July 19, in Christchurch for two shows on July 20, then in Auckland for four shows over July 21 and 22. See westfield.co.nz for more information.
You'll never look at your kitchenware in the same way after you've seen 'Stainless'. Artist Judy Darragh has reimagined colanders, bowls and measuring cups into a new exhibition that takes these everyday objects out of their usual domestic realm. 'Stainless' is on at the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, until November 11. Entry is free.
There'll be no irritating people taking smartphone shots of their dinners at a fancy dinner at Wellington's Shed 5 next Friday - they won't be able to see it. Diners at The Blind Dining Experience, held to raise funds and awareness for aid organisation cbm, will be blindfolded for the entirety of the four-course meal with matching wine. Tickets for the July 13 event are $125 per person, which includes a $50 donation to the charity. Visit blind-dining.co.nz for more details.