Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On Trays, Petone

Given that I was told about On Trays by Libby from Lovely Wee Days back in May, it's really rather astonishing that it took until December to visit - usually knowing something like this exists is motivation a-plenty. The problem is there are just so many foodie havens to discover in Wellington - and with On Trays being in Petone and us not having a car I kept putting it off. Good things take time, though, right? (I'm going to keep telling myself that)

It's just off Jackson Street, which is Petone's main drag, and its modest exterior conceals a foodie wonderland - it is stuffed full of a huge assortment of foodstuffs. I have to admit being a little disappointed when I saw how small it is - but the range of product is huge, which is what matters, so my happiness was fully restored. :-) 

I won't delve into all the treasures as I really think that you should pay them a visit and explore for yourself - I found myself clutching at Mr Cake's arm and saying "Look! Look!" on an alarming regular basis once we were in.

Naturally the first thing I pounced on was in the sweet genre. ;-) They have lots of imported chocolate - Lindt, oh yum! Delicious hot chocolate, above centre, along with the very tribal-looking stirring sticks - supposedly still one of the best ways of getting a nice smooth hot chocolate. And Galaxy, for those of you who favour the British brands.

I think these spice sets are spectacular - even though I already have a pretty cool spice storage system I wouldn't say no to one of these in my Christmas stocking! Aren't they gorgeous?

The cheese counter is phenomenal (the other deli goods looked fabulous too but I thought I should focus in order not to end up with a fridge too full of goodies) and you can try everything and then get as much or as little as you like - the best way to buy cheese!

And as we were about to land our haul on the counter and leave, Mr Cake pounced on these spice sachets. We grabbed one labelled (somewhat obliquely) "Spiced Lamb Pot" and made it into our dinner.

It was a super easy follow-the-dots kind of thing - we needed onion, dried peaches (oh YUM), lamb, and whatever veges we wanted (we used carrots and potatoes as we had them), and it said what to do at each step, when to add each portion of the spice sachet, and before too long we had an amazing smelling (and tasting) stew for our dinner.

And you didn't think I could walk away from that cheese counter without buying anything did you? We got a very soft camembert, a not-too-strong blue, and two different goat cheeses, along with some oat cakes and fruit pastes, which combined made a wonderful cheese board. Super yummy - I'm sure we both ate far more cheese than is healthy (is there any point where consumption is greater than zero and that's not true? Or are there studies which show that cheese, like chocolate, red wine, and all those other good things, actually has mysterious qualities which make it good for you? I hope so).

My pick? The combination of soft goat cheese, fig paste and oat cake is almost enough to make me choose cheese over dessert. Almost. ;-)

On Trays is located at 38 Fitzherbert Street, Petone, ph 0800 93 999 25 ,


  1. Ah yes, goat's cheese - I've recently fallen in love with it too. I buy Bouche de Chevre from the lovely Tony Gamboni in Karori - wonderful lightly grilled on small slices of nice bread. I've only recently seen On Trays myself, the only thing wrong with it is that it's in Petone.

  2. Yum! I'll have to try some that way - still a little left in the fridge so perhaps that will be a nice little snack tonight.

  3. I'm not a big fan of antything goat. A bit strong for me. But buffalo...well, that's a whole other matter.

    I pretty much live on Clevedon Buffalo Mozzarella, and get 4 pots of it once a week or so from Moore Wilsons.

    Give me the buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil, and I'm in absolute heaven.

  4. Yum - but 4 pots a week? Yikes - how does that not bankrupt you? ;-) We will have a variation of the mozzarella/tomato/basil combo on our Christmas table - I can't wait, I love it too!

  5. It has its own entry in the budget :-)

  6. That's awesome! As, of course, it should. ;-) Perhaps I need to include a cheese allowance in my 2011 budget. ;-)


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