Why did the lobster blush?

Because the sea weed, just like I did with the excited of realising this is my last post!

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A Plague Upon Your Plate

Some of the foods featured on this blog are totally unconventional. And so is the topic of this post, Locusts. It might seem surprising then, that they are now being served in one on Dunedin’s swankiest venues, Vault 21

Alive Alive-Oh

These guys are worthy of a top end restaurant. But don’t bother emptying your wallet for them, you can fill a bag of these for free in no time at all.

Native Chocolate

Well, that is how it was introduced to me, another victim of a classic kiwi prank. I guess my hunger and naive curiosity made me an easy target. As I quickly discovered, horopito tastes nothing like chocolate but more like a kind of pungent, dirty pepper that lingers on the tongue. Before you get too worried, I should clarify that horopito isn’t going to poison anyone….

Grubs Up

It doesn’t look like any food I’ve eaten before, but the Huhu grub is a traditional Maori delicacy, so I had to give it a go:

Run Rabbit Run

“Are you going to eat them?’Asked the surprised farmer who had let us onto his property. He assumed we were just shooting for sport,

Two chestnuts walked into a bar

Only one was allowed in, and rightly so. Although the two common types look similar, they are about as closely related as birds and bats

Got Milk?

These days, the next question is: What kind of Milk?

Popping the Cork

The rhubarb wine is crisp and sweet and wonderfully pink!

At one point I had wine splashed across my arms and t-shirt, a little on my housemate, and the rest all over the carpet

Which fruit am I?

Over the easter weekend I had lots of time to go foraging.

The most surprising find for me was the banana passionfruit

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

With this recipe, all the brewing gear I could want (courtesy of my housemate) and ZERO experience, I decided to get stuck in.

Foraging Map

So I’ve just arrived in Dunedin and I want to find some wild foods. Where do I start?