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Monday, August 27, 2012

RIP _ Neil Armstrong

Tributes are being paid to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, following his death, aged 82.
Read about the continuing mystery (and missquote?) around those most famous words...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Resuming Transmission on the Adventures of The CoffeeBar Kid this Thurdasy Night

After a couple of weeks off the Kid is back with talking to the author of a new biography on Juliet Hulme/ Anne Perry.

In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the film Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. This film launched Jackson's international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, bestselling crime writer, who at the time of the film's release was publically outed as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anne's life, but also her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths, and confronting, dark issues including infanticide and incest. Acclaimed literary biographer, Joanne Drayton, intersperses the story of Anne's life with an examination of her writing, drawing parallels between Anne's own experiences and her characters and storylines. Anne's books deal with miscarriages of justice, family secrets exposed, punishment, redemption and forgiveness, themes made all the more poignant in light of her past.

Plus we check out a new cook book that investigates the wilder side of the Kitches with:
Wild Kitchens - The Best of Monteiths Beer and Wild Food Challenge.
 A cookbook combining great wild food recipes and perfect beer matches, designed to be cooked and enjoyed by the home cook.
The Monteith’s Beer and Wild Food Challenge, now in its fifteenth year, attracts professional chefs from every corner of New Zealand. Their aim: to create the ultimate wild food dish matched perfectly with a Monteith’s beer or cider. From just 12 participants in 1998 to over 130 in 2012, the challenge is New Zealand’s longest-running national competition for restaurants.
In this collection of the best recipes from past challenges, as well as fresh, innovative and delicious new recipes from well-known New Zealand chefs, you can now take on the wild food challenge for yourself. All the recipes have been adapted by head judge, writer and beer matching expert Kerry Tyack, making them easy to create in your own kitchen.
Also included is a guide to Monteith’s beers and a history of the brewery on the West Coast, as well as an easy-to-use beer and food matching guide.

See the full review and hear the interview with the author at the coffeebar kid's page on the right.