What do New Zealanders eat? It’s true that we like our pies, but food in New Zealand is much more varied than some might believe. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that these days New Zealanders have a very complex palate. From the arrival of the first Maori to the most recent immigrants, food and cooking ideas have engulfed New Zealand from all over the globe and we take hold of it with gusto. We may have Swiss muesli with Japanese green tea for breakfast, Polynesian raw fish for lunch, Italian coffee in the afternoon and a Chinese hotpot for the evening meal. New Zealanders approach all of this food with interest rather than fears of the “exotic”. We aren’t afraid of taking on new cuisines even if we have to adapt recipes to local ingredients.
People have been coming to New Zealand for generations with their own beloved foods and recipes. They learn how to recreate those dishes here and quickly find out what they can substitute for missing ingredients. This is what makes eating in New Zealand such an exciting affair!
Food, culture and identity, I believe, are intrinsically tied to one another. This blog aims to show an appreciation for the varied landscape of New Zealand cuisine by looking at the people, produce, and places to eat here on these islands in the Pacific. I also include recipes of my own that have been inspired or refined by the community and my own travels both here and abroad. I hope you enjoy the journey and do let me know if there is something you are interested in reading about.