My friend Sheree and I go way back, though she now lives in Brisbane, it's always nice to catch up with her when she's home. This photo was taken last night in Manawahe, home to her Mum and step-dad, Maurice. It has been a few years since I've visited their home, and the bakery, Bread Asylum, its most recent addition. The property is simply stunning, with a running stream and a choir of native birds living in the surrounds.
Bread Asylum is a hidden gem, about 25 minutes outside of Whakatane. Their bread can be found all over the Bay of Plenty, bringing the joy of fresh baked bread to the Ohope Market, Whakatane Sunday Market, The Funky Lizard Cafe (Paengaroa) and Vetro (Rotorua). If you're in the Eastern Bay, give them a call to place an order on 0210 857 4931.
With my own kitchen only barely big enough for two, the bakery felt like a palace. It was great to prepare the pizzas on the wooden table where hundreds of bread had been hand crafted. We had an amazing range of toppings: salami, ham, smoked chicken, caramelised onions, basil pesto, apricot relish, blue and mozzarella cheese. The best had to be the salami with the Kapiti Kikorangi (blue) cheese, which mellowed and sweetened in the oven. Quite a moorish combo.
The best part about summer are the simplest things - sitting out in the twilight and listening to the birds singing, sipping on a cold one and catching up with friends. Delicious food is always a bonus. Making memories and eating amazing food - now that's living.