What is Friday Food Fun and Facts? It is a new interactive weekly feature of articles, videos, events, tips, gadgets, questions, and other items from the wide world o’ food on IslandEAT.
I continually discover bits and pieces of food lore and news, which somehow do not make their way into my posts. My friend, former colleague, and subscriber, Michele, also suggested I offer a food question-and-answer segment, so I thought I could answer – or attempt to answer – your burning food questions, from time to time. Thanks, Michele, for that suggestion!
Yesterday, I was able to “Experience the Difference” on BC Ferries through an extended 10-hour trip from Vancouver to my island. The trip involved three ferries/two transfers and should have taken less than one hour, nonstop, on one ferry. Because of a “mechanical problem” requiring an “inspector”, I had plenty of time to read and surf online, however. One “upside” of the adventure was that I finally took the mammoth Coastal Celebration from Vancouver to Victoria, which I can see from our house (pictured in my post here). A few major routes now have WiFi – another very good thing, to borrow from Martha S.
Still thinking about all things British after our recent trip, I came across an unintentionally hilarious instructional film, from England, circa 1937:
“The broiler-griller is indeed the housewife’s friend…it may be well the husband’s companion, too”, according to this film. Really? Rather.
News Flash: The Pavlova Prize goes to…New Zealand!
The Vancouver Sun had a small item yesterday on a stunning development in the culinary world. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has awarded the Kiwis the ultimate dessert prize. The OED has determined that New Zealand can claim creation of the meringue, whipped cream, and fruit dessert known as the “Pavlova”.
For years, Australia and New Zealand have battled over bragging rights for the invention of this famous dish. The OED settled the dispute, as they found earlier references to the Pavlova in a New Zealand cookbook in 1927, Davis Dainty Dishes – well before any mention in the land of Oz. (I would love to get my hands on a cookbook with a title like that….)
The dessert was named in honour of the Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who had a grand tour of NZ and Oz in the 1920s. Congratulations, Kiwis! You now have beaten Australia in one of the most hotly-debated food arguments of all time.
For views of New Zealand and food photography hints, keep reading.
To celebrate New Zealand’s triumph and to give you a sense of the country’s beautiful diversity, here are a few photos I took several years ago on a trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud:
Near the top of the north island, Russell was the first capital of New Zealand. It has historic buildings, including this church graveyard – eerie under a full moon:
On the north island, Matapouri has spectacular beaches and scenery:
A short walk from the cove above, the Havana Cubana food stand offered a superb cafe con leche, in a delightful setting:
On the south island, Akaroa – settled by French immigrants – was misty and enchanting:
Finally, on the way to a secluded beach, we stumbled on miniature horses grazing in Haast, on the west coast of the south island:
Tips for Food Photography
I found a very helpful article, in a newsletter from Darren Rouse on digital photography. It was entitled, 11 Great Camera Angles for Food Photography.
This may be of interest to food bloggers and others interested in developing their skills in gastro-porn. I included a favourite photo of mine from my grandmother Jessie’s “pan cake” at the top of this post, which was one of the first featured pictures in WordPress’s new “Food Press”, so here it is…one more time.
Please do let me know if you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions for this new feature. Thanks for reading the first Friday Food Facts and Fun.