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The Star: March 23, 2017


TUCK IN TO A FOOD TRUCK Food trucks have dominated the foodie scene for a while now and the trend is still on the rise. BUTTERNUT SATAY SOUP Nadia Lim’s Good Food Cookbook CUISINE I 8 Serves 4-6 The mobile food vendor you’d typically find at the local show has now morphed in to a the very respectable gourmet truck, but the allure is still the same. Rather than being limited to deep-fried options you’ll now find an array of foods to suit even the most dicerning palatte. Trucks are the perfect way to get lip smacking food at under half the price you’d pay in a restaurant. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite Christchurch trucks. PEDROS HOUSE OF LAMB 14b Papanui Rd Open daily: 4.00pm-8pm For truely melt in your mouth meat, Pedro’s is the only place to go. Order a full lamb shoulder cooked with plenty of garlic and rosmary and amazingly flavoursome scalloped potatos. TIKI TACO ReSTART Mall Open daily: 9.00am-5.30pm Tiki Taco is Kiwi/Mexican fusion at it’s best. What sets them apart is that their white flour tortillas are freshly pressed and cooked from homemade dough. Their sensational fire-roasted sauce is made fresh from an old South Mexican recipe. DOROTHY’S POP UP TEAROOMS Check outwhere Dorothy’s will pop up next! Serving quality high teas (and coffees) with homemade English fare including lovely little sandwiches that my Aunt Nora used to say she could blow through, scones with jam and cream, and an arrangement of fancy cakes FRITZ’S WIENERS ReSTART Mall Open daily: 9.00am-5.30pm * Ricarton Market on Saturdays The highest quality, mouth watering, smoked bratwurst in a freshly baked baguette bun, garnished with onions or sauerkraut and topped with your favourite mustard, it’s easy to see why millions of customers agree that Fritz’s Wieners are the best thing since someone thought of putting a bratwurst in a bun! THE VAGABOND CHEFS Keep a watch on their website to see where they’ll be! Serving top notch street food, the Vagabonds’ mantra is ‘fun, fast, and friggin delish’. Morgan and Andy are the chefs, who are serious about flavour and avoiding seriousness. Their location and menu changes daily and literally every dish packs an impressive punch. INGREDIENTS: 2 onions, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon of ground cumin 1 teaspoon of ground coriander 1 teaspoon of curry powder A good pinch of chilli flakes 1 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste This soup is jazzed up with some spices and chilli , as well as a secret ingredient - peanut butter! which gives the soup a subtle satay flavour that is really delicious. 1.3 -1.4 kilos (skin off) butternut, chopped into 3cm chunks (I have also used pumpkin) 5 cups of chicken stock 4 – 5 tablespoons of peanut butter 1 – 2 tablespoons of lemon juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper To serve: chopped coriander, chopped red chilli, plain unsweetened yoghurt (all optional) METHOD: Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Cook onions and garlic for 5 minutes until onion is soft. Add spices and chilli flakes and fry for a few minutes, then add tomato paste and fry for a further minute. Add a little water at any time if onions or spices are sticking. Add butternut and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, lower heat and cook until butternut is soft, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a food processor (or blender) along with peanut butter. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper. (If you have used stock made from stock powder the soup may not need salt). Divide soup between bowls and garnish with a dollop of yoghurt if using, and chopped coriander and chilli if using. Boutique Coach Tours “Reid Tours are a privately owned, Christchurch based company who have been operating tours for more than 20 years throughout New Zealand and Australia. More than half the passengers who book on Reid Tours are either repeat customers or word of mouth referrals which is a testament to the quality of tour they run. One of the key things with Reid Tours is peace of mind. 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The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 23 2017 35 Gardening Edwardian favourite Rachel Vogan writes about the virtues of the ever-vintage hollyhock HOLLYHOCKS have a vintage look. It is easy to imagine them gracing large Edwardian homes and castles, standing to attention like a guard would to royalty. These tall, stately biannuals add a quintessential English charm to the garden. Classically, they marry up beautifully with any cottage garden theme, however, they look just as much at home when used to punctuate fences and borders in more modern and rustic designs. As a flower they come into the fore from mid-summer and carry on blooming for a good couple of months. Normally, in my garden the first flowers appear after my first foray of delphiniums has ended, and after the • By Henri Ham IF YOU like to spoil your cat or cats, you need catnip in your garden. This aromatic herb is like a drug to cats and they love it. They like to rub themselves upon it, wallow and tumble in it and feed on the branches and the leaves. For those of you who aren’t a fan of cats this hardy perennial can still be a good herb to have in the garden. Catnip makes lovely borders or edging. It’s greyish leaves and white to pale pink or purple flowers make it a pretty plant. But be wary of any neighbours with cats as they might take a liking to your plants and they don’t tend to be gentle with it. lilies have long gone, but before the Japanese anemones crank into action. The flowers start opening from the lower parts of the plant first, and continue to do so for a couple of months. I plant them in a few places, from larger tubs and containers, to along a picket fence behind the asparagus bed – my favourite spot. They take up minimal width and require little room to flourish. The towering hollyhock blooms are a welcome focal point, diverting attention away from the asparagus’s scraggy ferny foliage that would otherwise make the bed an unsightly mess until it dies down in May. All hollyhocks require is full sun and protection from very strong winds. They will Pick a spot to plant your catnip. It will grow to around 50-80cm and likes well-drained soil with sun or light shade. It doesn’t like a wet winter and remember, if you have cats, consider where in the garden you want them to lounge around on your plant. And, if you’ve got chooks or compost try survive in poor soils, but with a little compost and fertiliser they will thrive. Depending on which variety you plant, they usually grow between 1.5m to 2.5m. Colours vary from pure whites, creams and yellows, through to pinks, purples and black. The individual blooms can be used as a cut flower. Pick the blooms off carefully, as they have a very sort stem. Floating them is the best option, with vintage china setting them off beautifully. Hollyhocks add simple and classic charm to a high tea or supper. Bees and other pollinators enjoy them too, so be generous when you think about planting these out. A handful of plants will never be enough; plant dozens, you won’t regret it. Spoil your cats with catnip LURE: Catnip will keep your cat amused for hours. growing catnip around the coop or bin. The scent is said to repel rats. Space each catnip seedling around 50cm from the next. For those wanting to provide further joy for cats, try stuffing some dried leaves of catnip into a soft cat toy. It will keep them amused for hours. •More gardening, p36,37 Soil – It’s so Important I admit, I have cringe worth moments when in I’m in box stores and I see shoppers purchasing cheap soil. People invest precious time, effort and resources when planting a great flower, veggie or ornamental garden, but really before you plant anything the most important investment should start with the soil. The soil is what helps to give any plant it’s vigour, nutrients and water requirements for life. Please take my advice and purchase the best soil you can afford, your plants will thank you for it with more flowers, faster growth and a bountiful harvest. What soils to use when? • Compost – By using compost, you improve the soil structure, texture and aeration and increase the soil’s water-holding capacity. The organic matter in compost provides food for microorganisms, keeping the soil in a healthy, balanced condition. 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