This blog post was inspired by a recent article in a UK newspaper, (the Telegraph) which announced its readers’ favourite country as New Zealand. Votes were cast by almost 90,000 people in the widest-ranging travel survey of its kind. The online version of the newspaper then posted 26 reason’s why New Zealand is the world’s best country.
Sarah and I are proud to call Marlborough home, it’s a very special part of the world’s best country, yes we may be a little biased…. But we think the scenery is spectacular, the locals are awesome, and the local culinary offerings are superb…. Here is a list of our top 5 Marlborough foods (in no particular order) that we couldn’t live without.
- Lusatori Olive Oil – Lusatori is a single estate olive grove located in the midst of the Marlborough wine growing region. The same conditions that produce famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc produce outstanding Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with intense flavours and aromas.
- Kaikoura Artisan Te Ma Chèvre – We enjoy this cheese in the afternoon with fresh bread and a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; or in the evening with roast lamb, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Mix it through a herbaceous salad with basil, parsley, or tarragon; stir through pasta, or use as a pizza topping. Delicious!
- Cloudy Bay Clams – A native shellfish existing in the turbulent food-rich surf zone in a depth of up to 10 metres. For recipe inspiration check out the website here. We love the Tua Tua Fritters and make sliders.
- Marlborough Flaky Sea Salt – As natural as the ocean, sun and wind used in its harvesting. This is our go to salt for all seasoning.
- Fresh and Smoked Salmon – As the New Zealand King Salmon website says… ” The best salmon in the world is grown in the cool, deep waters of the Marlborough Sounds”, we tend to agree!
Of course all of these culinary delights mean we get to make delicious meals that match our Two Tails wines perfectly! You’ll find some great recipe inspiration in Jan Bilton’s book “Marlborough on the Menu” or stay tuned to the blog, we’re always rustling something up in the kitchen…