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.

23rd June 2016

Best ever pizza dough and sauce

During the development of our ovens we do a lot (seriously a lot) of cooking.  We try the tried and proven and experiment outside of the box and although the gastromomic world is an endless adventure in experimentation sometimes time honoured simplicity just can’t be beaten.

23rd June 2016

Ultimate chocolate layer cake

Every baker should have this recipe up their sleeve.  It’s a superbly rich and decadent cake which with a little imagination can be transformed into a limitless number of decadent creations fit for any occasion.  We tested this cake over and over again and tried one layered with freeze dried raspberry buttercream and topped it [...]

20th June 2016

Sichuan Tea-Smoked Duck and vegetables

For me there is a real excitement about being in an asian market where there are all kinds of incredible yet unidentifiable ingredients.  With the aid of a bit of google searching I quite often leave these markets with a handful of questionable yet quirky ingredients.  Over time the scope of ingredients in my culinary [...]

3rd May 2016

Mother’s Day Crumpets, vanilla labne and sour cherry tea

Everyone likes to claim that it’s not even worth eating a store bought crumpet after you have had a homemade one, but I beg to differ.  I’d say with a friendly slather of butter the bought ones on my deliciousness scale fear quite well. That said the homemade ones ones are comparatively out of this [...]

11th December 2015

White Sangria Ice Pop

Although for many of you the festive season is all about getting cosy, wrapping cool hands around a mug of hot toddy or possibly wrapping warm hands around a nice glass of red to offer it the same gesture.  Here in  New Zealand the long days are here,

10th November 2015

Taste of Auckland – It’s a wrap

I’m still on a high after a magic weekend at Taste of Auckland #TasteOfAuckland.  Our Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen™ Theatre #fpsocialkitchen was a huge hit.  All weekend the theatre was full of conversation, laughter and attentive faces tuning in to learn tips and tricks from the amazing group of chefs and food bloggers who [...]

5th November 2015

Summer of YUM Ice Pop

Today is the day! The start of a delicious and sun filled weekend at Taste of Auckland #TasteOfAuckland.  Sara and I are fizzing with excitement about our ice pop demos in collaboration with Dr Feelgood at the Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen™ Theatre.

5th October 2015

Paleo Chocolate Crunch

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 [...]

9th July 2015

Pea Guacamole

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).

22nd April 2015

Tomato Kasundi

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, [...]

9th March 2015

Roasted pesto chicken and harvest grape salad

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 [...]

26th February 2015

Chocolate Cherry Rum Cake

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 [...]

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