July 2009

  • Claire's Lamb Shanks, 29 July 2009

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    8 rashers of bacon, roughly chopped

    2 cups of onion, diced

    1 cup of celery, diced

    1 cup of carrots, diced

    4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

    6 – 8 Shanks

    1 ½ cups of port

    2 tbsp tomato paste

    2 cups of beef stock

    2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

    3 bay leaves

    2 tbsp rosemary

    3 bay leaves

    2 tbsp brown sugar



    1.5 kg pre-cooked potatoes (I use kumera, the NZ sweet potato)

    sea salt and black pepper

    In a large heavy bottom saucepan, add a splash of olive oil and the bacon and gently brown over medium heat.  Add the diced onions, celery, carrot and garlic and increase the heat to caramelize the vegetables.  Remove and set aside.

    Meanwhile, dust the shanks in seasoned flour and brown in the hot pan, then cover with port, tomato paste, sugar and stock.  Add the vegetables, rosemary and bay leaves.  Bring to a very low simmer, and cook, covered for about 2 ½ hours. Remove the shanks to thicken the stock base with roux (butter and flour), then replace the shanks, add potatoes and simmer for another 20 minutes until the potatoes/kumara are done.  This dish can also be cooked in the oven.

    Bon Appetit!

    Claire Hall, resident chef at Poronui

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  • A Little Bit of History, 27 July 2009

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    Poronui is bisected with access roads, and the names of most of these reflect a colorful piece of history.  Wounded Poacher Road immortalizes an incident that occurred in 1995, when two local brothers decided poaching on Poronui would increase their chances of a successful hunt.

    Our story begins when the two brothers tramped into an area that is now enclosed in the Safari Park, planning an evening of spot lighting.  After walking fruitlessly in the dark, they decided to camp out and have another go in the morning.  At first light they split up, with the older and more experienced brother heading out into the open grass country; while his younger sibling - who had never shot a deer - hunted the pines. 

    After going only a short distance the young brother shot a deer, and was quickly joined by more experienced brother who had heard the shot.  They gutted the deer - but for some inexplicable reason the elder and more experienced brother went after another animal, first telling his younger brother to stay with the gutted deer.

    The elder brother headed off but managed to get confused in the pines, and ultimately hunted his way around in a loop.   Soon he was over-looking the very clearing where his brother sat - behind the dead – and gutted - deer they had secured earlier.  Seeing the deer, but for some reason not his brother, our “experienced” poacher fired from only 23 meters,  ‘killing’ the deer again before hitting his younger brother in the leg.  The bullet entered above the knee and penetrated the length of the thigh to the groin area, luckily missing major blood vessels.

    Running down into the main valley in search of help, elder brother’s luck improved when he found pilot Shamus Howard at the Helisika hanger, and he was able to quickly recover the wounded poacher and transport him to hospital where he recovered.

    However, to add insult to injury, the police pressed charges for illegal hunting!

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To discriminating anglers, Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge where they go fishing for superb NZ brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters.

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