Lim visits wine, food producers

21:30, Aug 20 2014
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FOOD ON FILM: Camera operator Dean Whitehead films Nadia Lim at Yealands Estate during filming of her new TV series if New Zealand with Nadia Lim.

Foodie fans can feast on Marlborough's culinary classics from Yealands wine to liquorice-tasting garlic and Marlborough Sounds mussels on Sky's Food TV next week.

Author and dietician Nadia Lim takes viewers on a food journey showcasing the best seasonal produce in New Zealand in the new eight-part series New Zealand with Nadia Lim.

Omega Seafood, based in Blenheim, featured in part one of the half-hour series. Lim stepped aboard an historic kauri whaler to visit floating mussel farms in the Pelorus Sounds, with owner Chris Redwood and his sister-in-law and marketing manager Jo O'Connell.

Lim was filmed getting a guided tour of the factory in Blenheim, before cooking up a spicy

Asian-style coconut broth with clams, mussels and noodles at a waterfront home belonging to O'Connell's friends, overlooking Queen Charlotte Sounds.

Peter Yealands gave Lim a guided tour of his winery before she enjoyed some new varietals with wine maker Tamra Kelly-Washington.


Lim prepared a pork and rice dish flavoured with saffron, grown by Dave Pigou at his farm in Spring Creek.

In part two, Lim tip-toed through paddocks of young garlic bulbs in Rapaura.

Marlborough Garlic is owned by the Murphy family, who've been growing garlic in Marlborough for three generations and is New Zealand's largest producers of garlic and shallots.

Co-owners John Murphy and his father Patrick Murphy showcased their newly launched product Garlic Noir.

Its unique liquorice taste is halfway between savoury and sweet making it popular in Asian markets.

John Murphy said that Lim was first and foremost a foodie and really excited about Marlborough food.

"Her attitude to food and cooking is very much gate-to-plate and that philosophy is shared by us. It was quite strange walking through garlic fields we had just planted and farmed for the camera. My father and I were filmed together so there was a bit of competition to see who comes out better on camera."

"I am looking forward to the programme coming out. I am not sure how spruced up I was on the day. I don't think it will be the start of a long media career, I will stick to the farming."

The episode will screen on Sky's Food TV on August 29.

The Marlborough Express