Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Vietnamese inspired chicken burgers

This recipe began life as a chicken ball.  Bursting with flavour, its outward appearance (pale and insipid) did little to promote its culinary virtues.  I saw in it the potential for greater things however and thus set about turning it into a chicken burger.  Full of flavour, the patty itself required very little attention, other [...]

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Ginger chilli chicken on rice

I cannot claim this recipe as my own and instead I must admit that it is a specialty of the eldest of my two younger brothers, Tim.  He whips it up in the blink of an eye, fires up the BBQ and before you know it the air is filled with the aroma of lemongrass [...]

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Slow cooked duck with plums

I have been fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of several dozen tiny wee duck legs and a handful of breasts, kindly shared with me by one of our friendly engineers here at F&P.  When this month’s theme was decided upon I thought the duck an apt ingredient with which to create a [...]

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 [...]

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Larb gai

In the spirit of this brand New Year, I would like to propose a toast to new beginnings and to being inspired anew.  There is nothing like seeing out one year and ushering in the next, full of hope and promise, of goals and visions and also of things unknown.  2011 was a great year [...]

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Pete’s thai green curry

This is not the first time I have introduced Pete. Almost two years ago now (how time flies!) he shared with us his recipe for Creamy Bacon Carbonara which has proved to be the most popular recipe on the blog since it was posted! Hopefully this one gives the other a run for its money. [...]

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.

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