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Monday, February 24th, 2014

Miso and tuna wontons

Over the Christmas holidays I totally over-dosed on fresh tuna. Seared and covered in black pepper, Szechwan stylee [http://ourkitchen.fisherpaykel.com/recipe/simons-szechuan-tuna-with-sesame-slaw/] and, when it is as fresh as it gets; completely raw, soaked in a miso marinade on top of a crispy little wonton.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Skewers – two ways

I’ve had fresh tuna twice this month; two rich doses of omega-3s mean a happy brain and heart.  There’s been mixed reviews on tuna in recent years; it’s a tricky debate

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Courgette (zucchini), lemon and feta salad

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 [...]

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Simons slow grilled paprika pork

A few weeks before Christmas a bunch of our Chief Engineers had an off-site day. We got ourselves right out of the office and hired a small community hall out on the nearby peninsula. 

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Kelvin’s Fiesta Fajitas

Kelvin has the enviable position of being our chief engineer for outdoor cooking, and is so dedicated to the cause he enthusiastically joined Kate and Kurt for some outdoor grilling in the rain! Not only does Kelvin have the technical know-how on all  the bits under the hood of our amazing grills he has also built up quite a repertoire of recipes [...]

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Tacos two ways

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.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Takoyaki

I have been to Japan many times now, and always without exception I end up in an izakaya having a couple of beers and eating some of these delicious ‘octopus balls’. Now ‘octopus balls’ as a description may not sound that appealing to many of you out there, but take my word for it these [...]

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

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Blue cheese & apple toasties

Come lunchtime, I find that more often than not (if the spoils of last nights meal do not await) I pull a few slices of bread out of the freezer, toast them and then mere minutes later generously spread them with peanut butter (organic and crunchy of course!).  Whilst strangely I don’t seem to tire [...]

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

White sangria

I’m sure many of you have experienced the downside of a sunny, summer’s day party. A few drinks in the sun only to feel dehydrated, lacklustre and in need of a siesta just a few hours later. It’s not only the alcohol content in your drinks which does this to you but also the sugar

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Hand-cut oven chips

I’ve yet to meet a potato I haven’t liked. Agria, Yukon, Desiree, Nadine, Rua, Red Rascall, I love them all. Boiled, mashed, piled atop a Sheppard’s pie, in salads or particularly deep-fried. Potatoes, salt, oil, it never ceases to amaze me how three simple ingredients can produce so much joy!

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