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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

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Christmas Pudding with Vanilla Bean Custard

In August this year my boyfriends grandfather passed away.  He was a wonderful man who just 5 years ago had finished building his own octagonal house, the wood for which he milled himself, the pipes for which he ran.  One look around his home, perched high above a little-used train track, and you got a [...]

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Lamb koftas with golden beetroot slaw

The latest craze in our kitchen is Middle Eastern food.  If it doesn’t contain pinenuts or pistachios, coriander or cumin, tahini or tamarind then we’re not interested!  What I find most appealing about this style of cuisine is its generous use of spices, fresh herbs, nuts and vegetables and they way in which they marry [...]

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Spicy chicken wings with chipotle & lime sauce

The weather is warming up here in Aotearoa which means barbecue season is upon us. After 17 years barbecuing (taken from my thirteenth birthday where I was gifted my first barbecue) I’m looking for something different, interesting and a change

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Spicy lamb & eggplant pies

Yesterday was a special day, it was the day we celebrated our first Father’s Day as a new family.  It was filled with sunshine and sea air and a walk under a cool green canopy of cabbage and punga trees in the hills out west of our fair city.  And if this wasn’t enough, it [...]

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, May 19th, 2013

Sticky ginger cake with lemon frosting

I’m thinking that if there should ever be a campaign for real ginger….then this cake would become iconic.

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Pear upside-down cake

Growing up, we had a pear tree down at the bottom of the garden. It has had various swings tied to its low hanging branches over the years. A shady haven over the summer, as the weather cooled it would become weighed down with fruit, so much that if you got the swing going back [...]

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Broccoli pasta

Anyone who has dined regularly at our family dinner table will have eaten broccoli pasta.  Once upon a time it was our signature dish and we ate it with such enthusiasm that after leaving home I found I had completely lost any appetite for it, fearing I may never wish to consume it again!  Many [...]

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Ginger kisses

These ginger kisses are for my boyfriend.  He’s rather partial to them you see and prior to me making these ones he had only ever eaten ginger kisses of the store bought variety.  A fact which as a passionate cook and foodie is rather hard to stomach (excuse the pun!).  And so we set about [...]

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Campfire potatoes

In more recent times, my husband and I have become campfire experts. Several years ago, prior to marriage and a baby, at the start of our epic journey around the world (which culminated with us living in little old Dunedin) we travelled around Europe and Africa in our campervan for 10 months and for a significant portion of that time, [...]

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Dad’s mince on toast

This recipe reminds me of my dad. When we were kids and it was Dad’s choice for dinner it would be either mince on toast or devilled sausages with boiled potatoes; my sister and I were never excited about eating either of these staple meals. But what made up for our basic weeknight fare was [...]

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