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A Special Feijoa Gift
The humble feijoa holds a special spot in my heart. I love their pleasantly gritty inside texture and a spicy, intoxicating aromatic taste.  We have two trees at my family home back in New Zealand and for me a trip there in feijoa season is heaven. I eat as many of them as possible during their  precious season in the crisp days of Autumn.
This year, far from the family feijoa tree, a surprise turned up on my desk - A beautiful feijoa, delivered secretly to my desk by a knowing soul with Kiwi links. What a delight.
Here it is - First photographed, then eaten with devout reverence, it was undoubtedly a well loved little fruit.
Thank you feijoa angel.
 
There's something so special about cooking food from the wild.
We are lucky enough to be given wild venison, pork and goat sometimes. It's a real privilege to cook it and deserves the utmost respect, I believe.
Here I decided to slow roast a beautiful shoulder of goat, with autumn fruits - figs, rhubarb and quinces, straight from the tree and this season's garlic in whole bulbs.
Result...
Fragrant, sweet, tender, succulence!

Served with steamed greens from the garden and smashed potatoes laced with butter, salt and pepper.

Place: Nelson, New Zealand
 
The simple pleasure of a picnic...
Definitely on my top 10 foodie favourites.
I love the fact that picnics are unlimited in their potential, their diversity - from simple to opulent; from a lone beauty of one with food, to a sexy rug for two, a bunch of friends and family, or a big community gathering - all are delightful in their ways - unified by the outdoors and eating and drinking.

Seasons offer the opportunity to enjoy mummy nature's time by fitting in with her temperature and mood.

Here we enjoyed a simple early autumn picnic for morning tea break on a firewood chopping day.
Fruit from the trees, organic muffins to munch on and a flask of the best black tea, with milk from its little bottle. Reviving, relaxing, convivial, the warmth of the sun cutting through the crisp air of the changing season.

Place: Nelson, New Zealand