On Saturday evening we all went to dinner at the Tasting Shed in Kumeu ( state Highway 16 ) From the menu you pick 6 ( or however many ) dishes you would like to taste and share.
We had a fish dish ( crispy terekihi ); triple cooked potatoes; Stingray; spicy pumpkin; beef cheeks and a cauliflower dish. All very yummy.
For dessert we just couldn't decide so shared these. 2 sorts of ice cream ( a double chocolate ( very rich ) and salty caramel ) and de-constructed rhubarb cheesecake; mini doughnuts and Pineapple Lump. We were all very satisfied.
I think it is a great way to taste many different dishes.
The young ones also did a BBQ to share with us and other friends on Sunday.
Again, yummy food.
Our trip back was not straight forward - the car misbehaved and is back at the garage - after 4 days there last week. They don't know what is ailing it.( again I have no wheels - But I want it back as my reliable old work horse )
If you happen to be travelling between Tauranga and Auckland on State Highway 2, the Wood Turners Cafe, at Mangatarata is a pleasant place for coffee or lunch. They have interesting things for sale on the shelves too....but it gets very busy.
I got an email from The Editor of Australian Homespun Magazine to say she had used a photo of my Optical Illusions Quilt in the November issue. I must hunt a copy down .