By Natasha MacAller
Pastry chef Natasha MacAller has created a book showcasing the versatility of vanilla, with more than 100 sweet and savoury dishes from her own repertoire and 32 contributing chefs, including the likes of Yota Ottolenghi, Maggie Beer, Al Brown and Peter Gordon.
As well as desserts and baking, there are also unexpected uses of vanilla, as in ‘Heirloom Tomato Bisque’ with vanilla caramelised onions; or ‘The Pork Chop’ steeped in ginger beer and vanilla brine.
Originally from the US, Natasha lives part-time in Kerikeri, which inspired her ‘Shaved Fennel and Kerikeri Orange Salad’. The recipes are a mixture of skill levels, but for those keen to start small a section of vanilla basics also presents different ways of incorporating it into dishes, such as ‘Vanilla Salt’.
For many this book will surprise, challenge and inspire them to try vanilla in a new way. –Victoria Wells
Saturday 7 • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tonga Trifle Tasting in store. Free for ALL.
Event at Milly’s Kitchen of Ponsonby
September 8, 1959 -
November 5, 2013
Charlie was excited to create a recipe for Vanilla Table but had to graciously withdraw as so much was happening with the closing of his restaurant. I met and estaged with Charlie in Las Vegas during my breaks in culinary school in the 90’s at the no named restaurant he created at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was here I learned about one of the most useful tools of the trade from Charlie. The “offset spatula” paired with a bouquet of my garden’s New Zealand native herbs, Reinga Lillies, and kitchen herbs, I dedicate this to “Chef” who inspired and taught us all so very much. Bless you.
Check out more photos that were shared from Kerikeri Events at the demo and Vanilla Table (Bateman 2013) booksigning that took place at FlourFlower with Paper Plus.
Listen to Natasha’s interview on Radio New Zealand National program, Nine to Noon, with Kathryn Ryan that aired Monday, November 4, 2013.
Peter Gordon gets an extra copy of Vanilla Table (Bateman, 2013) at Milly’s.
Join in on Cooking Demos!
Scoping out fabulous demo kitchen for tomorrow’s event at Moore Wilson’s in Wellington!
Thursday, November 31, 2013
Moore Wilson’s Cooking Demo, Wellington
Tickets available from Tory St Fresh Coffee Counter or go to Eventfinda.
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid missing out!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Sabato Cooking Demo, Auckland
This event is Free.
Tuesday, November 29, 2013
FARRO FRESH FOOD
Booksigning and Bubbles, Auckland
12-1:30 p.m. – Mt Wellington, 80 Lunn Avenue
2:30-4:00 p.m. – Mairangi Bay, Constellation Dr (right next to the motorway)
5-6.30 p.m. – Grey Lynn, 34 Westmoreland Street West (off Richmond Rd, behind Mitre 10)
Vanilla Table (Bateman, 2013) will be available in stores nationwide in New Zealand over the Labor Day weekend, October 26 and 27. Vanilla Table (Bateman, 2013) can also be purchased online. Please check back regularly for more locations.