The cook & the baker

first_imgBy Dean Brettschneider & Mark McDonough; Random House NZFollowing the rise of the so-called ’third wave’ of coffee shops those ultra-quality-conscious gourmet outlets set up by Aussies and New Zealanders largely in London is bakery about to see a similar trend? The word in NPD circles is that Down Under is the new destination of choice for overseas reconnaissance and product inspiration (or should we say, foreign jollies on the expenses account).Arriving in the wake of our own Dan Lepard is self-styled ’Global Baker’ Dean Brettschneider. The New Zealander has Baker & Spice Shanghai, local TV appearances and five bakery books under his belt. His latest publication sees him marrying the worlds of baking and cooking. Co-written with chef Mark McDonough of the acclaimed Auckland café Zarbo, which also houses a Brettschneider ’micro bakery’, the recipes contain not only bread and sweets, but creative deli-style serving suggestions.One such idea is a whipped brie and crouton millefeuille with rocket salad (pictured). Another doubles as a useful way of using up old bagels: thinly slice and oven-dry the bagels to make attractive looking dippers for hummus or olive tapenade.Breads range from classics such as a Poilâne-style loaf to simple but transformative tweaks, such as the sunflower seed rolls that are brought to life with the addition of smoked paprika. Another eye-catching loaf is the chunky apple, roasted hazelnut, thyme and Cabernet Sauvignon bread.A selection of patisserie, desserts, cakes and biscuits sandwiches the mains and entrée courses from McDonough, who provides ample inspiration for anyone going down the deli-bakery-café route.l See 14 January issue of BB for an exclusive Turkish sandwich bread masterclass from Dean Brettschneiderlast_img read more

News story: Emotional reunion for coastguard helicopter crew and Regan Green

first_img‘I’ve been doing search and rescue for nearly twenty years and Regan was the first fisherman I’ve taken out of the water who was conscious and alive, but he was also the first fisherman I took out of the water wearing a lifejacket.’These are the powerful words of coastguard winchman ‘Spike’ Hughes who lifted fisherman Reegan Green out of the water when he was flung into the sea in treacherous conditions. Reegan was wearing a lifejacket which kept him alive for over an hour before the coastguard helicopter rescued him. Reegan and his crewmates have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction his incident has had on fishing communities around the UK.It was an emotional reunion when HM Coastguard Newquay helicopter crew, Capt Sharky Finn, Capt Jorg ‘Yogi’ Brunner, winch operator Phil Warrington and winchman Mark ‘Spike’ Hughes met fisherman Reegan Green for the first time after his dramatic rescue off the Salcombe coast. Coastguard winchman ‘Spike’ Hughes said: ‘The sea state was pretty big that night – about 20ft with 70 knot winds, so it was quite a horrific night. It’s the type of night you don’t want to be going outside in. I saw Reegan looking at me from the water – I could see the whites of his eyes and he could see the whites of mine and that was a good moment. By then I was only a matter of feet away and within about two minutes the rescue was complete. It’s really, really good to see him here today, having an outcome such as this is absolutely fantastic.’Reunion footagelast_img read more