Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The main event

With any winter meal a substantial, hearty main is the key. A main that warms the heart and soul, food that is rich and comforting. After watching the amazing array of lanterns make their way along the procession route, we rushed back home through the cold night

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Chilli chicken soup

Chicken soup is just plain good for the soul. I make the effort to use free range chicken where possible – I think the flavour is much deeper, and it shines through in this warming soup. I love clear soups; a nourishing broth to cure what ails you. This one is particularly tasty

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Chicken and tofu laksa

What I love about food is that it can be adapted to suit taste, the seasons and even mood. So this is my take on Laksa, it may not be traditional but it is to my taste (and those lucky enough to have had it for lunch today!)

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Duck Ragu

As autumn brings cooler weather, some here in New Zealand tilt their head to the sky listening, and watching for feathers in flight.

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Chicken satay kebabs

Summer is an all year round season in Samoa and so every Saturday night is BBQ night at my parents’ house. On evenings that are hot and humid and no one’s in the mood for eating 2 inch thick T-bone steaks with the works, my dad conjures up his chicken satay kebabs as a lighter option [...]

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Israeli couscous with apricots, lemon and chicken

Weeknight cooking for my partner and I is frequently motivated by convenience. Not microwavable, TV dinner convenience, but simple dishes using quality ingredients that pack plenty of flavour. I like dishes I can create using things commonly found in my pantry, plus a few fresh veggies and herbs from the garden.

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Asian pesto with Singapore noodles

My friend Rachel lovingly made this recipe for me a couple of years back and in my mind it has firmly etched itself as one of my most memorable dinners.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Feel good chicken broth

This time last year saw me with the mother of all colds. I was miserable, snotty and high on paracetamol. Enter my heroic boyfriend with a pot of steaming broth – he scored some brownie points that day, that’s for sure.

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Rice paper rolls

The crisp raw vegies and fresh flavours of mint and coriander in this recipe make for a refreshing and healthy lunch or snack. They are dairy and gluten-free*, and can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the fish sauce from the dipping sauce (you may want to adjust the seasoning to account for the lack [...]

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Chicken consommé

In the summer months I am all about light food, tending to steer away clear from soups because they leave me feeling ‘stodgy’. Not all soups are like that, though. For example chicken consommé—which I will always remember as it was the first soup we were taught when I was training as a chef—makes a [...]

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Chicken stock and chicken pot pies

Whenever I cook sauces and soups I always kick myself that I don’t have fresh stock. The closest thing from the local supermarket is Gregg’s ‘real stock’, which I’m sorry I don’t think quite compares.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Chicken baked with prunes, olives, capers and wine

I made Liz’s chicken recipe on a cold, bleak day and took it into the office for lunch.  A perfect balance of sweet and sour; the chicken, olives, prunes, wine and sugar create a warming dish without being heavy or too comforting.  After devouring my generous serve I couldn’t help but dive my spoon into [...]

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