Monday, March 28, 2011

Paneer Curry and Honey and Mint Cake

Stu's garden has been flourishing with red and green chillies recently, so I got my curry on for Sunday dinner.
Have you ever made paneer? I will never get over how easy it is. Just 1 litre of milk slowly brought to the boil and then add in 30mls of lemon juice. Strain the curdled milk through a muslin cloth inside a sieve, flatten and let sit for a few hours.
I made curry with paneer, mushrooms and peas (green chilli) and a side dish of cabbage, carrot and onion (red chilli.) Overall the meal was quite sour and not very colourful, but still delicious and spicy.

And onto dessert...
I've been meaning to make this recipe for Morrocan honey and mint cake for ages. A regular customer at the bookstore brought it
in for us and I promptly found the recipe - it is so fantastically minty. The recipe was found on the Cuisine website. I don't think my version was dense enough, however still very edible!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Justin Townes Earle

What a freakin' dream boat.

These were my favourite moments of the concert:
- "This song is about two of my favourite things, young women and fried chicken."
- He was talking about a "country bitch" ex and then said, "When you quit smoking crack, you quit meeting crazy people."
- Someone right in the front fainted. He stopped playing and squinting, leaned over into the audience and said, "Is he alright?"
of course all in a fabulous Southern American accent.

...Wow, I see this written down it's quite misogynistic...but it didn't seem like it at the time.

Also, I loved when he played this song.

Here's a good RUSSH interview with him.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Summer Series in Print

From the Groove Guide last Wednesday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Avondale Market

For the past month, we have been braving Sunday morning and heading out to the Avondale Markets. How freaking amazing! I don't know how ANYONE could buy their fruit and vegetables from the supermarket because this is so much cheaper, the prices don't even compare. We scoot around with spare change and buy up large.

The last thing you would find at the Avondale Market is a pain au chocolat - it's all about the fruit and veges, second hand junk and plastic massed produced crap.
And balloons!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


This was an interesting gig. I LOVE MGMT's newest album Congratulations, it's ridiculous. But it was one of those gigs when you feel most of the crowd only want to hear their three massive hits and there is this air of anxiety when anything else is played. However, I thought they sounded rad, though my mind went wandering during some of the psychedelic rock outs. From a photographer's point of view, the lighting was bright and awesome!

These are my favourite pictures:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

An Adventure...

At 12.30am the other morning, I went to the airport to pick up my Nana who is visiting from Australia (and one of my most favourite people ever.) We were zipping home and chatting happily, excited for a cup of tea and a rest when a strange noise came from the bottom of the car. THEN it slowed right down and started making a really bad sound.
Luckily, I knew where the hazard lights were (in a really random place on the dashboard I might add) and we put over to the far left lane. Every time I have ever watched Motorway Patrol on TV they have always yelled at people, "DON'T GET OUT OF THE CAR!" So we stayed in the car and I rang our car rescue service to come and tow the car home.
While I was on the phone, a Land Transport man pulled up behind us. He yelled, "DON'T GET OUT OF THE CAR!" and then informed me we just had a blown tire. (Tow truck was then cancelled.) He then drove behind us to get us off the road and then had to zip off to an accident up the road.*
So that left me and Nana to change the tire. We managed to jack up the car and were trying to get the nuts off when a lovely Polynesian man in a big 4WD pulled over and silently changed the whole thing for us, he had planks of wood in his car and was getting them out and fiddling around and generally doing a way better job than we were doing.
The police came a few moments later also and helped out too. Apparently there are cameras all up and down the motorway that can see when cars break down and then someone is sent out to help them. That is amazing! Those policeman must have been laughing at our poor mechanical attempts..
Finally, our lovely Samaritan shook our hands, kissed our cheeks and drove off into the night. What a hero.

Morals of the story:
1. You should loosen the nuts on the tire before you jack up the car.
2. If changing a wheel on grass, you need something firm to sit under the jack.
3. I need to learn how to change a tire. (Stu is teaching me this weekend.)

*Don't Speed.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hannah Curwood

Here is my lovely friend Hannah Curwood.

I squeezed into a tiny practice room with her and band to take some pictures.

You can listen to Hannah's music here. She has such a dreamy voice that sings such dreamy songs.
I so excited to take Hannah's promo shots soon. It is involving a horse, it's trainer, Han, myself and an assistant and it quite difficult to co-ordinate - but watch this space.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Summer Series - a year later!

This time a year ago, I was fresh faced to Auckland - jobless, with just a handful of chingus to call upon and gratefully accepting weekly government payments. I wandered down to the (free) Summer Series to hang with my friend Sorcha and I felt very Dunedin as I had worn a corduroy dress and was so hot all day.
A year later I was back - appropriately dressed for the weather, surrounded by lovely friends, on my weekend from my sweetso job. I also got to photograph the bands for Groove Guide. It was a rad way to spend my Sunday.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Alvin Montgomery

The TINIEST kitten in the world. I hate to tell this story, as it is so tragic but his whole family was eaten by a dog. Therefore he is a very timid and shy bundle of joy. Unfortunately Bosley is a little too enthusiastic about his new playmate so Alvin spends a bit of time being body slammed.
Look at this gorgeous Ewok, Furby possum like thing:

So, Bosley is a small kitten and he looks like a giant compared to wee Alvin.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The adventure begins...(in June)

Hey remember ages ago when I rambled on about walking up Korea? Just like Simon Winchester did?
Well I AM and I have BOOKED tickets. I have two weeks to walk, one week to shop my bum off in Seoul, four days in Hanoi and two days in Melbourne. Wahey!

Anyway, watch this amazing video. It is Korea exactly how I know it! It also features Seoraksan, the mountain which Kerri and I climbed, Hongdae park and a whole lot more amazingness.

Do You Know South Korea? from David Dutton on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sleepy time Bosley

The only time he is not a terror...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cute as a button

Little Jessie! and her lovely parents Rob and Justine.