Let’s go down a narrow and winding road to a little village called Makara.
The interest of this seaside village is not really the pebble beach, but rather the view to enjoy after walking along the coastline and then climbing up the steep hills.
On a clear day, you get a glimpse of the Marlborough sounds on the other side of the strait. And to fully enjoy the serenity of the place, always choose a windless day, as it can be very exposed.
For me, what gives also some charm to this place is the little valley where the road passes along green pastures and follows the gentle stream running to the sea.
It’s just half an hour from the CBD, but you feel totally immersed in the country.
Depending on the season, I like to see how the light, vegetation and colours give a different feeling to this place yet with a constant sens of harmony.
La suite en français…
Born and raised in Wellington, Mike Eastwood is the proud resident of the capital of New Zealand.
Mike is also the generous and creative mind behind Tuesday Night Dinner, a potluck dinner with a weekly theme. Hosted for more than a decade by Mike himself, the dinner now moves from place to place around Wellington.
Entrepreneur by day and passionate cook the rest of the time, Mike agreed to be portrayed doing one of his favourite past time.
And I’m particularly happy to open this series of Face & Place with Mike.
So please follow me in his kitchen for the making of a delicious three course meal for 7 lucky guests.
* Smoked Eel Caesar salad * Fettuccine with Mushrooms & Cream Sauce * Poached Rhubarb and Strawberries with Vanilla Ice Cream *
Partly assisted by Grace, Mike shared and patiently explained to his lovely and young sous-chef about ingredients and tastes throughout the cooking process. Always casual, his approach involves all the senses.
Meanwhile guests were chatting, having a drink and appetizer with the freshly made chicken liver mousse on slice of bread…
Chopping red onions and flambeing chicken livers for the making of mousse
Cooking with the heart. Tasting and testing
Polishing mushroom and coating salad leaves with mayonnaise
Mike’s speciality: fresh pasta
La suite en français…
Are you also noticing the change of season where you are ?
Here, except rugby fans who go all black, colours are nicely showing up…
And this is the little eye candy of the day.
Hope you enjoy !