Being Samoan Chinese and living in Samoa eating chicken cream corn soup is a given for our family. Always eaten during Sunday tonai (lunch feast) as an appetizer along with Oka (see my post here) it is one of the many Chinese dishes I was taught to cook before heading off to university.
This story begins a couple of weeks ago when my youngest little pixie girl Sami came down with a hideous virus which literally lay her down flat and completely exhausted for an entire week. I knew the virus must have been extreme because as any mother of a 20 month old child will know, as [...]
I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of gluten free and wheat free which has been a relatively easy change. I don’t necessarily feel that everyone should avoid gluten and wheat
Inevitably everyone has one of those days where life just gives you a pummelling. The ‘food hug’ is a personal go-to flavour that lets you take a small win during stressful times. For many it’s something sweet; a piece of chocolate or cake. For me, its anise or something sharp and bitter.
This recipe was a collective labour of love. Very appropriate given that the people cooking it, that very morning were just newly engaged! This groom-to-be proposed to his Aussie belle, then leap from bed in search of a good solid shoulder of pork like the good hunter-gatherer that he is. Next thing we know he’s [...]
This time of year is all about eating with friends and eating outdoors. During these warmer months, I’m choosing recipes which allow me to relax and spend time with the people we have over, not trapped in the kitchen. The success to this is finding the right balance between food which can be prepared in [...]
Whilst there’s not a religious bone in my body, I have been unwittingly espousing the wonders of Fish Fridays! Unbeknownst to me the religious significance of eating fish on Fridays runs deep. Eating fish on this day is a commemorative nod to the sacrifice of Jesus who gave his life (on a Friday) to redeem [...]
I am all about raw food at the moment. I have recently decided to try and seriously reduce the amount of sugar going into my diet. Come mid-morning you are now more likely to see me snacking on raw carrots and broccoli, whilst sipping water or a green tea, which is a far cry from [...]
This year my goal for my vege garden is to get a good grasp on sequential planting. Since I first decided to try my hand at growing my own veges my gardening ability has come along in leaps and bounds mostly through trial and error and lots of advice from all the friendly folk who have [...]
It’s a grey old day here in Auckland. The sky is a blanket of thick black cloud from which falls an endless stream of rain. It’s not particularly summery weather but I don’t mind. In fact I like it, it’s doing our garden wonders and anything that speeds up the ripening of the first of [...]
I’ve been wanting to post pad Thai for a while but have been a little hesitant as it’s one of those foods that has history, tradition and with it a whole line of followers. It’s a bit of an institution and those who are true devotees are pretty staunch in their belief that you just [...]
The taco has to be the ultimate in street food. A little flavour bomb that conveniently fits in the palm of one hand – fresh, hot, spicy, satisfying – and still leaves a hand free for a cold beer, or wild gesticulation, whilst swapping tall stories on a night out.
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