A seat at the table: The Pandemic Pack Collaborative Cookbook Part 2

Lockdown hit us here in New Zealand on the 18th August, a day when I was supposed to be heading to a new cafe in town, August. I had seen lots of positive reviews on Instagram, and was eager to try out their wild dandelion pie and maybe even the burnt Basque cheesecake. Instead, we retreated to our homes, and just imagined going out. Luckily, The Pandemic Pack Collaborative Cookbook, which I have mentioned before (see Friday’s post), has been able to offer us a chance to try some things at home from various Wellington establishments. Both recipes from August looked really good, and I decided to try out the Beef Shin Pappardelle this Sunday.

The recipe is a wonderful combination of beef, vegetables, tomato and fresh oregano from the garden. To serve, a little of the sauce is stirred through the cooked pasta, along with some grated parmesan which just melts into the pasta. The dish is served with parsley, grated feta cheese, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a little extra black pepper. I served a rocket salad on the side.

Verdict? Absolutely gorgeous. Extremely tasty, full of flavour and a definite ‘do again’ I can hardly wait to get to August for real. The wine is a Bourgogne, delivered by Noble Rot.

Entered as part of Natalie the Explorer’s Weekend Coffee Share.

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  1. Dandelion pie and cheesecake! Sounds like a winning combination. Hopefully you get there soon! In the meantime, I love the pandemic pack providing inspiration and your beef dish looks great.

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  2. You’re a natural when it comes to photographing food! I am glad to know you are trying out special dishes despite not being able to go out.

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  3. That pasta dish loks absolutely lovely! De Cecco is a lovely pasta brand, I learned some time ago that it’s made near where we normally go for holidays, and my husband found recently they now also make gluten free pasta so I’m delighted about that!

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  4. Everything looks so fresh and your Beef Shin Pappardelle dish makes me hungry. Well done! I’ve been following the news in Australia and New Zealand. Thinking of you. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  5. Lovely T&K, lovely and it looks mouthwatering.
    Be careful, someone is going to try ad talk you into opening your own restaurant once covid finally retreats from our front pages.

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