Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Blini with Dill crème fraiche

My first encounter with these bite-sized pillow-y morsels dates back prior to the turn of this brand new century.  To an afternoon in early autumn in a suburb on the outskirts of Paris named Fontenay Sous Bois.  It was a Friday or Saturday, the afternoon light long and low

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Garlic and chipotle beef tacos with slaw

In my last post I talked about my love affair with Jamie O and his fish pie; I thought that for this post I could talk about my love affair with musicals but quickly came to the realisation that this is not a ‘personal hobby blog’ this is a cooking blog. So keeping right on [...]

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Pesto pasta

There is a lot to be said for the old adage “less is more”.  It can be applied to many facets of my career as a designer and photographer as well as to a plethora of situations outside of work.  This recipe is the perfect example of applying such a mantra to situations of the [...]

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Steamed Pai Kuat (pork ribs)

For the last couple of months as I have sat down to lunch with my humble salad sandwich or scrambled eggs I’ve watched enviously as my teammate Amie unveils her dad’s delicious home-cooked Chinese delicacies.  The poor girl never gets to eat in peace as I always give her the full interrogation on what she [...]

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Vietnamese eggs

Breakfast is a polarising meal.  There are those of us who take great pleasure from the first meal of the day, the break of the nocturnal fast, and yet there are others who abhor it.  In an effort to wake from deathly slumber some rely on administering staggeringly large doses of caffeine before the faculty [...]

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Heidi’s lentil piadina

Heidi, our marketing coordinator based in Borso Del Grappa, sent me this recipe on my first day back in the office this January. It was a lovely surprise to have a fresh recipe to try for the New Year and I have been making these for my lunches a lot recently. The lentils make a [...]

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Ahuja’s Nortenas

This recipe was kindly passed on to me by Roberto, a Product Performance Technician from our F&P factory in Reynosa, Mexico.  Roberto talks fondly of his time spent in the Dunedin office – after thrown into one of their famous Office Cook Offs, he influenced his team to prepare the dish “Ahuja’s Northenas”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Coriander & ginger chicken sandwiches

Like Joey Tribbiani, I am a huge fan of the humble sandwich and admit to often taking a perfectly good meal and placing it between two slices of bread. I don’t know if it’s the taste or because it’s like eating a little package, or because there is no cutlery, no plates and therefore no [...]

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Smoked salmon and orange pate

This is my last post for the time being; I have written it in advance, due to the fact that my maternity leave will have started by the time this recipe goes up.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Raspberry & lime iced tea

My initial thought was to make a cocktail for this month’s high tea theme but after much deliberation I decided that I would turn my hand instead to iced tea. I had never made iced tea before, nor had I ever given too much thought to it so I did a little bit of reading [...]

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Watermelon salad

We are very fortunate to be in the Southern Hemisphere right now, enjoying warm summer days, long evenings and an abundance of fresh produce right when we feel like a bit of light relief after the excesses of Christmas.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Tom yam soup

I think it fair to say that food, alcohol and various states of inertia are the excesses which typically define the festive season.  And what’s more, to resist this trinity of evils it requires ineffable levels of self-control not conceivably mustered at this time of year.  So once the weeks of gluttony and sloth-like behaviour [...]

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