Season 3 Episode 1 – Contestant Info
Our contributors are Mother and Son, Liz and James. James has been living in Wellington, New Zealand for 14 years now and lives with his wife Ani and daughter.
Mum Liz was born in Meath and is a retired deputy principal in a Deis school in Loughlinstown. She has also written a book called Taking Flight -The Caged Bird. Liz developed a keen interest in India – it’s way of life incl yoga, it’s culture, it’s people and it’s cuisine, it was on one of these trips that Liz was taught how to cook the authentic Indian food that James are up on and now misses so much, Liz also met her husband, Francis who is from Kerala on the southwestern, coast of India. It was the favours of these dishes that helped to expand James’ horizons and gave him the desire to travel and to visit and taste the food of other cultures which eventually led him to New Zealand.
Liz rustles up the dish that reminds James of home in Cabinteely, the Fish Molee a Kerlan Fish curry with lemon rice. Catherine then travels to Wellington to hopefully faithfully replicate Liz’s dish and bring a taste like home over to James.
On Tastes Like Home Catherine Fulvio visits the town of Martinborough, home to some of the country’s finest winemakers, she stops by Nicola Balsam in Stonecutter Estates for wine tips and tricks, she visits ‘C’est Cheese’ one of the best local cheese shops in NZ followed by tasting some local cuisine made by Michelin Star Chef, Adam Newell from the Union Square Bar + Bistro. She travels onto Wellington to tour of The Museum of New Zealand “Te Papa Tongarewa” to learn about Maori culture and she visits Karaka Café to learn about Maori food and cooking techniques especially their smoked food “hangi”. Catherine & James visit some of the local sights like Wildlife Sanctuary Zealandia where she finds out the culinary uses of some of the native plants. The people of Wellington love their coffee so Catherine visits Mojo Coffee Bar & roasters to find out what make’s New Zealand’s coffee so unique, as well as a visit to the NZ Parliament Buildings to meet top Kiwi Chef Shaun Clouston to taste one of his signature dishes, as well as a signature dish from Maori chef Rex Morgan in Boulcott Street Bistro before finally meeting fellow Irish man Shane Harmon who is CEO of Westpac Stadium in Wellington who introduces her to the “haka”. Catherine then must recreates Liz’s Fish Molee – Kerala Fish Curry with & Lemon and Turmeric Rice as well as her own recipes which sums up her taste of New Zealand Mini Pavlovas with a Passion Fruit Curd.
James has been living in Wellington for 14 years now. He works as a Sports Scientist. Health and Fitness are his main hobbies mainly trail running these days but he used to play rugby and rugby league but he says the body isn’t too keen on the hits any more and the head has said a definite no!!
Many dishes remind him of home but the one that stands out the most though are his Mums curries. She learned them on one of her trips to India.
One of the things he most loves about Wellington is the Food. He says Wellington is an epicurean’s dream. He says they are also lucky enough to have immensely varied landscapes within walking distance of each other, from densely urban landscapes to native bush to rugged coastlines Wellington has endless vistas.