Hot Water Beer and Mussels

It simply wouldn’t be a summer holiday without a little cold beer, would it? And luckily the remote, beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, the current holiday location, was happy to oblige us with the the Hot Water Brewery.

You find this little delight on the Tairua-Whitianga Road, nestled alongside the Seabreeze Campsite.

Upon arrival, one of the brewers (Allan) provided taste-testing of a range of Hot Water Brewery’s beers. My favourite was the Walker’s Porter, which had a warm, full taste to my non-beer drinker’s palate. The Kauri Falls Pale Ale was also quite lovely and I imagine dangerously easy to drink on a Summer’s afternoon.

Handily, Hot Water Brewery also has a brasserie attached. I ordered the fresh coromandel mussels with coriander salsa and they were heavenly. The mussels were plump and juicy and although I worried the coriander might be overdoing things, it was a perfect complement. The mussels came with ciabatta bread, grilled and doused in some delicious olive oil. You’re lucky there is any photographic evidence at all, this meal was gobbled with lightening speed. The Mister had some very tasty grilled Gurnard and a generous portion of delicious chips. But no food envy from me.

Anyway friends, I have more holidaying to be getting on with. Happy eating and keep safe.

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Tasting notes from Papamoa Beach

Hello everyone, this shan’t be my usual post with recipe, or even a very long one – the Mister and I are on holiday, currently in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, NZ, at the dazzling Papamoa Beach. But I thought I might share a few of the tasty nibbles we have been enjoying with you.

Mt Maunganui has a market every Sunday morning and of course this opportunity to fill my face with stuff from a new destination could not be resisted.

The avocado depicted comes from a bag of four avocados that cost me only $3, sold to me by a nice old man who grows them in his garden. It is one of those avocados that fills me with joy when opened because it is perfect – all greeny-golden and buttery without a single flaw.

It tastes marvellous slathered on a slice of loaf from a lovely Spanish girl with a bakery stall. This loaf is the ‘Mt Maunganui Gold’ and billed as ‘crusty, chewy and yielding.’ Who could resist? And I am happy to report it does not disappoint.

We spent a good long while happily sampling an impressive range of relishes and sauces at The Chilli Company stall. Eventually we settled on a bottle of Sweet Orange Chilli Sauce, which has just the right balance of sweet and bitterness with a good strong bit of chilli which lingers. Not unlike a delicious savoury marmalade, I suppose.

This sauce is lovely with the venison sausages depicted, from the Basecamp stall – very hearty and filling.

Anyway dear friends, I am signing off for now – happy eating to all!

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