Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Get Fresh with Al Brown

Labour weekend in New Zealand is often a time when people take advantage of a long weekend to go on a road trip trip to visit friends or family. With Labour Weekend fast approaching, this is the book to read.

Get Fresh with Al Brown

The Book 'Get Fresh by Al Brown' is essentially a foodie road trip by celebrated New Zealand chef  Al Brown. Subtitled 'Stories and Recipes from Heartland New Zealand'.

One man, a ute and a frypan head off into the coutryside. From the Far North to Riverton in the deep South, he explores farmers' markets, and meets the growers and foodie artisans from around New Zealand on their home patch. This is the ultimate foodie road trip around New Zealand, and the book wouldn't be complete without a liberal selection of recipes that highlight the the great foods of each region. Gorgeous creations by a master chef, beautifully photographed that make you want to stop the car and start cooking.

Each region featured has a list of  great places to visit (that aren't food related) and features a song by a local artist. Slipped into the back of the book you will find a free CD with Al's Road Trip mix, so you can cruise along or cook to the sound of Fat Freddies Drop and more.

And from another legendary NZ restauranteur, Fleur Sullivan:

                   ' Get Fresh ' is like a 'lonely planet' guide for us to explore, taste and enjoy the culinary     trails of Aotearoa. Out in the provinces we will be welcoming these happy foodies clutching your inspirational book - nau mai, haere mai. Thank you, Al!

We are currently running a Facebook competition where you can win a copy of the book, or purchase one from our website www.newzealandshowcase.com

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Maori Boy Glassware

Maori Boy glass pieces are some of our favourite NZ made gifts. We love the bold use of colour, the beautiful designs, and the fabulous quality of the products. Each year we look forward to see the new fresh designs that Monty and the Maori Boy team have transformed into their lovely art glass. The designs are modern    interpretations of classic Maori designs and themes, and each platter has a 'story' on the back explaining the significance of the design.

Here are some of our favourite pieces, new and old. Remember, we may not show all product shapes (e.g. platters, bowls, clocks, coasters etc), in all the designs and all the colours on our website, but just ask - we can easily source the piece you would like. 
Kawakawa (a medicinal shrub) shown in the lovely white and soft aqua bubbles.

Kowhaiwhai (the painted scroll design often seen on Maori meeting houses), here in Burnt Red & Slate. Also available in Teal & Black

Red 'Awa' (river) and Teal & Black Tawhirimatea (the weather God)

Square platters including Ta Moko (facial tattoo) in green & white (also available in black and driftwood)

Tangaroa (Sea God) in Red & Black (also available in Green & Black)