Anyway, just 3 weeks after arriving in my new home of San Francisco, family circumstances saw me flying back to New Zealand for a week. While the reason I was there was not entirely joyous, though I am very happy I went, New Zealand sure put on a display for me. Early Autumn was just starting to make an appearance, and with it the best season of all, Feijoa season! Feijoa is a mysterious fruit, which from what I can tell, is only common in New Zealand and Brazil, among a few other south american countries. It is a taste all of its own, and a texture to match, and it is my favourite frut of. all. time.
Most people with a garden in the Waikato, at least rural Waikato, have a tree, and once autumn hits you have a glut of feijoas so large you can barely get through them all, then miss so dearly the rest of the year. My grandma scoops out the pulp and freeze them, which worked well for use throughout the year to stir through cooked apple for a pie or crumble.
While New Plymouth has a few too many unemployeed teens hanging around the centre of town on a weekday for my liking, it remains a beautiful town, with an incomparable foreshore walkway spanning 11 km along the coast of the town, and a food scene which shoots well above its provincial status.
New Zealand fish n chips are a thing of beauty, quite unlike its stodgy British counterpart due to 3 main reasons:
1. We have extremly delicious and fresh snapper as fish n chip fish of choice, not overfished cod.
2. Our fish batter is closer to a light tempura rather than the 1cm thick batter covering english fish n chips, blagh.
3. For some bizzare and inexplicable reason, the British seem to leave the skin on their fish fillets that they batter - this results in not being able to eat half the batter as its attached to fish skin, super uncool.
I hope one day to start a garden like that - not that im into gardening, but I think the end result/produce will make it worth it. But for now, while we live in our downtown San Francisco 1 bedroom apartment, i'll have to make do with the wholefoods basil plant that I keep barely alive due to severe over leaf plucking.