A road trip

New Zealand passionfruit

New Zealand passionfruit

I wish I was blogging about passionfruit cheesecake and eating one right now. Wishing is one thing, making it happen is another. Perhaps another time! For now I just marvel at the thought and sight of these wonderful, wrinkly, sour and sweet little things called passionfruit.

Fruits in a basket

JD and I had our first road trip this year and our destination was – Taranaki. We stayed at our friends’ friends’ house in New Plymouth. They have an old villa with lots of old stuff that made my eyes water with excitement. Old wooden tables here and there. A very old metal suitcase in a corner and a worn-out leather suitcase in another (perfect tabletop props!). Hand-painted dinner plates and pretty bowls in different sizes. From what I have gathered, the man of the house is a junkie like me. A junkie who likes to collect old stuff, that’s what I mean!

Sliced passion fruit

Unfortunately, my delicious veggie pasta and sumptuous chicken marsala were cooked late at night and my finger-licking, lip-smacking shepherd’s pie didn’t turn out as picture-worthy pretty as I expected it to be.

I’ve got nothing to show but what I have posted here – a basketful of New Zealand passionfruit from their backyard and some baby potatoes I’ve roasted with garlic and rosemary.

Roasted baby potatoes with garlic and rosemary

Roasted baby potatoes with garlic and rosemary

It is tough being a food blogger. You have the perfect setting, perfect props, but either the timing is off or the food doesn’t look pretty. Just like a road trip. Sometimes you get good weather and sometimes you don’t. So you just make the most out of it.

Roasted baby potatoes with garlic and rosemary

Anyways, here are some non-food photos from our road trip. We had fun at this place called Durie Hill Tunnel & Elevator in Wanganui.

Durie Hill Tunnel & Elevator

Durie Hill Tunnel & Elevator

Durie Hill Tunnel & Elevator

Durie Hill Tunnel & Elevator

We also hiked up to Stratford Plateau in Mt. Taranaki.

View from Stratford Plateau lookout, Mt. Taranaki

View from Stratford Plateau lookout, Mt. Taranaki

Walked through a goblin forest and got my feet wet, too!

Wilkies Pools, Mt. Taranaki

Wilkies Pools, Mt. Taranaki

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About Dolly Rubiano

I am passionate about photography and food is my favourite subject. I like shooting people too, especially when they’re not looking. I am a regular contributor as photographer to FishHead magazine, a local lifestyle magazine in Wellington, New Zealand. I blog about my experiments in the kitchen and don't cook anything that has four legs. Please get in touch if you would like to work with me regarding food styling and photography. View all posts by Dolly Rubiano

One response to “A road trip

  • Mom Betty

    Every chef knows that every dish is not as photogenic as it could/should be. I would say, therefore, that you are in very good company. Just a question….how is passion fruit served? I don’t think that I have ever seen it. That said, thank you for some pictures from your mini-vacation. 🙂

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