My passion for cooking has really grown out of my love of eating – and boy do I love to eat! Food to me is pleasure; if it were just fuel we wouldn’t have taste buds. I am possibly the world’s messiest cook, but the results are (almost) always delicious, and I find it so enjoyable I can’t imagine a life without cooking.
Working at Fisher & Paykel as an industrial designer, I love gaining a deeper understanding for the science behind cooking. I am getting exposed to some incredibly talented people who share my passion for great food.
Almost two years ago now, while travelling around southern Italy for a few weeks, we happened upon a small café in the town square of Catania, Sicily, with a counter stacked high with sweet treats. Choosing to forgo the famous cannoli, I bought the biggest doughnut I could find
I just got back from 3 weeks working out of our Italian office, tucked away among the medieval towns in Italy’s northeast, just over an hour inland from Venice. (Sometimes life is hard, ya know?)
I first made this recipe in late summer, as part of an experiment using indirect cooking on the grill (BBQ). I used a terracotta saucer as a pie dish which really worked a treat, crisping up the pastry perfectly. Searing the nectarines caramelises them slightly, bringing out their natural sweetness.
A light, summery pizza, perfect fresh from the oven or off the grill. Use this dough recipe for the ultimate pizza crust. Definitely worth the effort of making your own! Shave ribbons of courgette, toss with olive oil and pile high for maximum deliciousness.
By using indirect cooking, it is possible to make all kinds of treats on the grill. Recipes that are not too fussy about exact times and temperatures (I am yet to attempt a soufflé on the grill…) are perfect, so if you lift the hood a few times to check on progress, or get distracted [...]
I don’t want to say we planned our accommodation in Rome earlier this year around Gabriele Bonci’s Pizzarium, but I will say that his tiny hole-in-the-wall pizzeria was directly opposite our metro stop and only two blocks from the apartment we rented for five days. After watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover where [...]
I stumbled upon this recipe on My New Roots, for those of you who don’t follow Sarah Britton’s health inspired blog, it’s full of delicious recipes that are as good for you as they taste. With a title like ‘Life Changing Crackers’, needless to say my interest was piqued. Aside from gathering all the ingredients, [...]
I’m a panna cotta girl, I often find crème brulee a little rich, and while I am always happy with a bowl of ice-cream to finish a meal, sometimes an occasion calls for something a little more sophisticated. A couple of months back, we had most of our board of directors, along with some of [...]
While travelling around Southern Italy earlier this year, I reconnected with many things – the sun (we had a particularly average summer in Dunedin this year), reading books (made from paper! With wine in one hand, feet up – time to relax!), incredible architecture and design, and….pasta!
It would seem there are two camps when it comes to olive oil cakes. Those who prefer to use a mild flavoured oil and let it lend the cake a beautiful moist texture without a strong flavour, and those who prefer to use a good extra virgin olive oil to lend the cake a distinct [...]
In January I made my second trip up to Qingdao in China’s Shandong province. It was a short trip but we packed in plenty of good food! Over the course of the week, our gracious hosts took us to a variety of restaurants around the city, ordering up plate upon plate of local dishes. I [...]
Right now, the Our Kitchen team are scattered in various directions – feet up, drink in hand, soaking up the sun, our minds wandering a long way from product development (we hope!). Other than Kate, who managed to turn us all green with envy with her family holiday to Thailand, we are all holidaying in [...]
Christmas for me is synonymous with barbeques. After all, the 25th is usually far enough into the summer season that you can almost be guaranteed a hot, sunny day to spend cooking and eating outdoors. And if the day itself doesn’t deliver, you can always look forward to a few weeks of summer holiday ahead.
This blog is born of the passion of a group of friends here at Fisher & Paykel. Ardent lovers of food and cooking, we want to inspire our readers, share our recipes and impart knowledge.