Bakey Kate’s the name (well it is now thanks to fellow blogger Lauren) but not only do I love to bake, I love all things culinary. This passion started from a young age, mostly inspired by my Grandma and Grandad. I spent hours at my Grandma’s bench ‘helping’ her to ‘fill the tins’, and waiting for the illusive pavlova laden beater attachment to come my way. Grandad tended a huge vegetable garden on their farm which was the source of bounty for the most magnificent soups, roasts and his specialty – campfire baked potatoes. The potatoes were extra special because cooking them involved riding motorbikes out on the farm, building fires and coming home with that toasty, earthy campfire smell embedded in our clothes. These early beginnings led to my training as a chef and specializing in Patisserie.
Are you a careful, artful toaster? Slowly, turning your stick with a steady hand, creating golden perfection with your pillowed confection? Or are you more of a fire fiend, roasting close for sugary fireworks? Burnt to a crisp, the instant fix. These raspberry marshmallows are seriously good, but toasting them takes their real raspberry flavour [...]
We are so lucky here in Dunedin to have an abundance of wild foods available for free procurement. One of my favourite wild food experiences is to spend a Sunday collecting clams from Papanui inlet. We head down at lowtide with a spade and a couple of buckets.
There is nothing quite like a campfire. We have all experienced the mesmerizing powers of the deep orange flames flickering and dancing before us. We have probably all had a burnt sausage and a slightly over-toasted (chargrilled?) marshmallow.
Summer brings bounty of many things. My herb garden has become so prolific now that I have learnt that so long as you water regularly, the more you cut them, the more they grow! This mayonnaise is a recipe from my good friend Annabel’s mum. This stuff is downright legendary.
These are a fantastic way to enjoy delicious cherries at any time of year. Pickling cherries requires no special equipment, is so quick and easy.
Right now I can’t really get my head around the idea that at some point it will be winter in Dunedin again. Summer has been pure magic lately. We have been treated to day after day of premium quality kiwi sunshine.
The classic combination of blue cheese with pear gets a smoky infusion from the barbeque in these filo pastry parcels. They are the perfect appetizer for your next summer party served alongside a cheeky glass of wine.
What is up with vegetarian bacon? I just can’t get my head around the idea. Fakin bacon just isn’t that cool. Vegie burgers on the other hand are the real deal, and the possibilities are endless.
There has been quite a buzz around beer in the office lately, but being seven months pregnant, I decided that it was only fair that I should be allowed to get in on the action even if it meant putting the beer in a cake!
To spark a little mid winter cheer for the folks in the office I decided to organise a brewing and beverage making competition, Toast 2012. Our friends in Auckland decided to jump on the band wagon and before we knew it, we had a right old shin dig in the making!
A feast for me is a time of celebration shared with loved ones. Sharing a meal with your nearest and dearest that has been prepared with the utmost love and care is one of life’s real pleasures. Special celebrations call for a special menu and this pork wholeheartedly deserves to be be centerpiece at any [...]
The first mistake was deep frying, the second was sugar dipping, but by the time we drizzled these gorgeous golden treats with the buttery, zesty curd we were powerless to exercise restraint.
A hot bowl of this soup is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for a dreary night when you want something super delicious, nutritious and extremely quick to prepare.
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