After leaving Wellington we flew to Auckland and then drove to Thames for our last New Zealand supper for a wee while.
Elizabeth wanted to make us something extra special for our last night in New Zealand. She’s an expert fisherwoman and has caught a lot of snapper recently. She saved bits of the fish and used it to make a seafood stock. So naturally, a seafood chowder made with lots of fresh New Zealand caught fish, was the perfect dish to make. Here it is simmering away on the stove.
And here’s what it looks like all plated up and ready for consumption.
I’m sure if you show up at Elizabeth’s house she’d be happy to make it for you. But if you can’t make it to Thames here’s the recipe so you can make it at home.
We posed a bit before trying the seafood chowder.
After the delicious chowder and before our mains, I took a few engagement photos of Brad and Abby.
I forgot to take photos of the main course (fish, pork, salad and roast veggies). But thankfully I remembered to take snaps of the desserts. Abby made an iconic ‘Kiwi’ dish, a pavlova (note that the origin is debated, see Wikipedia). It was tops.
We also had poached quinces (my new favorite fruit) and ice cream.
After dessert Luke said a few words (quoting Lord Byron and then Lady Gaga to be exact) and Elizabeth gave us a few going away presents- a beautiful book of NZ landscapes for our Taiwan coffee table and an adorable sheep to keep Luke company at night when he gets homesick.
We finished off the night with more family photos.
It was a great night full of lovely family memories. We will miss you all so very much!