Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Zucchini Noodles

If you’re a big zucchini fan like me, then you’ll have been enjoying the abundance of them around at the moment. I’ve been heading down to my local farmers market to pick up beautiful fresh ones of varying shapes, sizes and colour. Zucchinis are amazingly versatile and can be added to a wide ranges of meals [...]

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Crab cakes with herb salad

We have been back at work nearly one month and after a day in the office, my evenings are a balance of fresh air and spending a little time in the kitchen.  I say little because my weeknight dinners are always simple, they are colourful salads with the addition of seasonal fruit, a handful of nuts or seeds and chicken, venison or fish, flashed in a pan or on the [...]

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Smoked Steak

What? Smoked Steak? You don’t smoke steak! You SEAR steak! Before you assemble the angry mob, hear me out. Because this could be the best steak you have ever had.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Steak with sauce Bourdelaise

I’ve probably mentioned before about my love for a well-cooked steak. My parents used it as bribery when I was young. I’d be a little angel for days before a BBQ in anticipation of eating steak. Then, on the day, I’d watch it get marinated (this was the late 80s to early 90s)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Chicken salad

Vegan food is not something that comes naturally to me (how do you milk an almond???). My exposure to it was certainly limited growing up in Hamilton, one of the livestock capitals of the world. But a vegetarian flatmate and the lunch special at the Curry Pot (Naan, rice, raita, a chicken curry and a [...]

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Andrew’s perfect roast beef

Last week we introduced Andrew, a Design Engineer here at F&P.  Rather than relying on luck when cooking a roast beef, he used a method based on a principal of thirds. Cooking for me has always been my creative outlet but Andrew’s shown me it has another side, a technical side

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Walnut and Mint Linguine

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!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Jordan’s Reuben Sandwich

I credit the sandwich as my gateway food into a general curiosity for cooking. The combination of ingredients are almost as endless as the ways you can eat them, and to kick off the ‘month of lunch’ I can’t think of anything more appropriate.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Prawn cocktails

This time of year is all about eating with friends and eating outdoors. During these warmer months, I’m choosing recipes which allow me to relax and spend time with the people we have over, not trapped in the kitchen.  The success to this is finding the right balance between food which can be prepared in [...]

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Cheap and cheerful kedgeree

This recipe is perfect for the days following Christmas – when the chaos is over and you need recipes that require minimal work.  I’m planning on making this on Boxing Day, hopefully with the bounty from a fishing trip

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Iced Chai Tea

With similar colour properties to cola-cola you could be forgiven for turning your nose up at the attractiveness of this drink, however what it lacks in aesthetic value it most certainly makes up for in flavour and refreshment.

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Pad Thai

I’ve been wanting to post pad Thai for a while but have been a little hesitant as it’s one of those foods that has history, tradition and with it a whole line of followers. It’s a bit of an institution and those who are true devotees are pretty staunch in their belief that you just [...]

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