While making a traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlInM3... ) calling for "Beef Base", a paste boullion of beef, I went into my local NZ grocer and searched for it. All I could find was powdered or solid beef bouillon which is not the same thing and is expressly discouraged for the recipe.
While thinking I'd imagined the paste while living in the states, I went to my fridge and found and old bottle of Chicken Base that I brought over some years ago... the product name was "Better Than Boullion", and as I remembered, was a thick paste that tasted like chicken. so I went to the grocer again and had six workers looking for it for me... they finally gave me Marmite. Needless to say, Marmite is not Beef Base and my Shepherd's pie came out tasting quite tangy and not too beefy.
Anyone have any idea where I could order real beef base in New Zealand? Surely it must exist!!
Thanks in advance for your ideas.