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.
Our kitchen is the central focus of our product development center, it is the hub where we meet, eat and entertain. People are constantly coming and going on their way from A to B via the coffee machines and en-route will stop to say hello and have a chat about whatever attempt at culinary alchemy [...]
During a conversation with Jordan (our super mellow, happy go lucky industrial designer), he vented his fury at the quality of Avocado’s at this time of year (of course it’s the middle of winter in NZ).
My tomato house is literally a forest of vines right now, due to an extended summer break they really got away on me so I just decided “hey, I’m just gonna let you go”. The results were incredible for the lack of attention and grooming, my wild child tomatoes have delivered an abundance of fruit, [...]
Just around the corner from my place on the Otago peninsula is a lovely little awning tied to a tree which shelters two large chilly bins and a cardboard box. Every day the owner of the property behind lovingly fills the bins with a variety of her beautiful organic produce and homemade preserves and leaves [...]
If you want to drop a bomb on your dinner party. This cake it totally nuclear. The Engineers (our poor friends who we inflict our culinary experiments on) didn’t stop their thumbs up mutterings for days after this went out at afternoon tea. The lovely Genevieve (one of our superstar product evaluators) and I have [...]
Simply put this berry and white chocolate dessert is very, very good. It’s super easy to make, beautiful and decadently delicious. My mum can actually have the credit for this stunning little number after having sat up watching Food TV late one evening. With an eye for a winner she duly noted down the [...]
Sangria is my summertime ode to the red wine which I admit I have a little love affair with. On a cold winters night, I just love to snuggle up in front of the fire and slowly sip on a lovely glass of Pinot Noir and get lost in the flickering light.
Ho Ho Ho, Hoh yes, I have to admit that I’m really ready to get out of this office. Now that the sun has finally made an appearance, I feel my focus wavering – leaning to the call of family, feasting and exciting summertime adventures ahead. This year I’m heading to Wanaka for Christmas then [...]
What a marvelous year it has been in the culinary triumphs of my eldest daughter, Ada. Her four years of culinary training in my kitchen have given her the confidence to be in my eyes certified to prepare some beautifully simple dishes without (much) assistance. Getting there has included many moments of hair-raising anguish, resulting in some Gordon [...]
Okay okay so there is a crazy buzz about this Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk in New Zealand so naturally here at Our Kitchen we were dead keen to try some. Our friends in the Auckland office informed us that they had tried to purchase some of this ‘like no other’ delicious velvety chocolate milk [...]
In the past most of my wonderful and colourful travels have been well anticipated, looking into the future plotting and planning the adventures ahead. Bali, just a few weeks ago came flying at me after I had been pitched up one of life out of control curve balls.
This story begins a couple of weeks ago when my youngest little pixie girl Sami came down with a hideous virus which literally lay her down flat and completely exhausted for an entire week. I knew the virus must have been extreme because as any mother of a 20 month old child will know, as [...]
Wow…the past couple of days have been a mind blowing experience for the team. Dunedin has really put itself on the map by hosting what has turned out to be an incredible food design experience. The good news is it’s not over yet, I’m actually about to skip out of the office and head back [...]
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.