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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY SPRING CHEESES HAVE SPRUNG INTO SABATO! New season kids and lambs have been born and the girls have returned from maternity leave. The first seasonal New Zealand cheeses are in production and will be available this month at Sabato. Our resident cheesemonger, Calum Hodgson, is excited to have collaborated with some of New Zealand’s artisan cheese-makers to curate a range of seasonal cheeses exclusive to Sabato. Kaikoura Cheese produces exceptionally good, complex soft goat’s cheeses. Available in -store is ‘Fromage Blanc’. A fresh whipped goat’s cheese so light and fluffy it’s like eating a cloud. Kaikoura Cheese, also makes ‘Tenara’, a veritable goats cheese to envy - white as snow, tangy and clean tasting with a nice funky finish. Don’t miss the Kaikoura Cheese new release, ‘Pihanga’. According to Maori mythology, Pihanga was the female mountain whom Tongariro, Taranaki, Tauhara and Putauaki all fought over for affection. Like the mountain, Pihanga the cheese has a petit peak with a dusting of ash. Made from pasteurised goat’s milk, it has a delicate flavour that is sure to win the affections of all. Arriving in October is the ‘Magic Shroom’, a pasteurised goat’s milk with an ash covered cap. Magic in taste it may be, but mushroom in flavour it is not. It’s fudgy and dense with a little creamy breakdown under the wrinkly rind. Eat with a sunny disposition and go for a walk. From Sentry Hill Organics in the Hawke’s Bay we have ‘Quark’, a pasteurised sheep’s milk cheese. Think fresh, soft and velvet smooth. So addictive you’ll want to scoop it into your mouth in big spoonfuls. Use in cheese cakes, baking or on rye bread as they do in Europe.

SABATO, 57 Normanby Road, T: 09 630 8751, www.sabato.co.nz

photography: Martin Leach

Enjoy our extensive selection of New Zealand cheeses with muscatel clusters, quince paste or fig and almond cake. Serve with a selection of crackers and chutney - Julie Le

Clerc Moroccan or Arabian Date are fabulous with cheese. Visit us in-store or online and PN discover the very best artisan New Zealand cheese on offer. F

Our Daffodil Day collectors - Niki Vernon & Phillipa Gordon outside Bhana Brothers, Ponsonby - Friday 26 August

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PONSONBY NEWS - SEPTEMBER'16  

Ponsonby? Anyone not heard of us? We are Auckland's most talked-about part of town. ENJOY :-))