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Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Pasta puttanesca

There was once a time when I could spend a whole afternoon in the kitchen.  Uninterrupted.  Undistracted.  These days I’m lucky if my culinary forays last more than forty-five minutes.  My pots are often found upturned on the kitchen floor and my wooden spoons now have a double life; used sometimes to stir the evening [...]

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Venison hot dogs

My husband has become a deer hunter and I’m not completely sure how I feel about it. Call me a hypocrite as although I don’t like the thought of a target over poor Bambi’s head, I love to eat its meat. Having a reputation as being strong and gamey

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Easy fish, tomato and coconut stew

 I remember a version of this as a staff meal and at the time I thought it was so gourmet.  Looking at this recipe today, it may have lost its gourmet shine but it is however just as delicious and worthy of a blog post

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Lasagne

If you can make a good Bolognese sauce then you can make a good lasagne, and if you can make a good lasagne then strangely you’ll always find you have plenty of friends gathered round your dining table! 

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Spaghetti bolognese

For as long as I have been contributing to this blog I have toyed with the idea of posting a recipe for spaghetti Bolognese.  Long has it been a staple meal in our family and I am pretty sure that it is the first recipe Mum taught me to make many, many years ago.  I [...]

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Prawn and chilli pasta

If by nature you are indecisive, shopping for pasta can be tricky. There are so many varieties on offer: wholemeal spaghetti (my favourite), squid ink tagliatelle, rainbow bow ties, alphabet letters and farm yard animals, even gluten free varieties made from corn, quinoa and rice

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Monkfish Kebabs

These monkfish kebabs are actually my favourite thing to make at the moment. They are divine. We have eaten them several times in the last few weeks as they are just so easy to put together - the monkfish is meaty enough to stay firmly on the kebab too, so you don’t need to worry about [...]

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Slow roasted leg of lamb with salsa verde

This is a superb version of the good old kiwi roast.  The flavours are modern yet true to the traditional genius of lamb paired with beautiful, fresh mint. I can’t actually take credit for this one, as it was the standard way that my old boss Isabelle used to do her roasts, and she swore [...]

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Mark’s Thai Green Curry

The Fisher & Paykel family is spread far and wide across the globe, but there is one thing that ties us together…food really is at the centre of so much of what we do. In our Huntington Beach, California office, once a month a “One Ingredient” cooking competition is held, turning the staff kitchen into [...]

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Fish pie

Every family has their own version of the fish pie and boy I’ve tasted some good ones (I’m talking to you Lou).  This one’s perfect for making small bite-sized pies.  Now all I need to do is plan a fishing trip.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Spaghetti, pine nut and basil parcels

You may have missed what a huge fan of leftovers I am but just to fill you in – there is something I just adore about yesterday’s food. I also HATE to waste food (it makes me feel sad and guilty) so even if the end result is a disaster I try to resurrect it [...]

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Breakfast pizza

I recently got married (I had to drop this major life event into a post eventually) and an extremely generous gift-giving-group made up of an aunty, an uncle and cousins gave us a kitchen aid mixer. For the last few weeks I’ve told anyone who will listen: “I got a kitchen aid mixer!” followed by [...]

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