reserves-&-preserves
Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Pickled vegetables

This recipe comes under the ‘Lazy Sunday’ category because it’s the easiest pickling process ever. Take vegetables (peel and wash if necessary), stuff them in a jar then boil liquid and pour it into the jar

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

MRS WILSON’S HERB MAYO

Summer brings bounty of many things.  My herb garden has become so prolific now that I have learnt that so long as you water regularly, the more you cut them, the more they grow! This mayonnaise is a recipe from my good friend Annabel’s mum.  This stuff is downright legendary. 

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Apricot halves in vanilla syrup

Right now I can’t really get my head around the idea that at some point it will be winter in Dunedin again.  Summer has been pure magic lately.  We have been treated to day after day of premium quality kiwi sunshine. 

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Orange chutney

Last night I indulged.  I poured myself a whiskey, sat down at my kitchen table and gingerly cued Frank Sinatra’s Christmas carols.  Whilst I awaited the protests of my flatmates (which strangely enough never came) I spent the evening sketching.  I sketched with purpose, in the hope that from the collection of scribbles on the [...]

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Quince paste

Years ago whilst studying down in Wellington I spent an evening in a beautiful old home perched high on the slopes of Mt Victoria. My host for the evening was a family friend, a quirky yet kind woman who shares her home with a collection of flatmates, each equally as quirky as the next. As [...]

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Carrot dip

This recipe is a family favourite.  It is a quick, easy and deliciously tasty dip which is packed with vitamins and minerals so, unlike many other dips, it is actually good for you!  I most recently served this with olive oil crackers, the recipe for which I will post tomorrow.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Apricot chutney

Our good friend Dave the engineer helped out on this one not only providing delicious ripe central Otago apricots but also the recipe. I was in dire need of his help too as I tried to cheat with the first batch and used less than ripe apricots. What a mistake that was. The effect reminded [...]

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Thai tomato and chilli relish

The last time I made preserves I made chilli jam and I had major issues. My workmate Junior kindly gave me bags of streetlight coloured chillies which were growing wildly at his mother’s house and I couldn’t wait to get home and transform them into jam. Here is my issue: I should have worn gloves.

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Liver & bacon

Choosing to cook liver for this months lamb theme evoked considerable surprise.  This is due in part to my almost vegetarian diet, but more due to the mere fact that I had chosen to cook offal.  The more surprise reactions I was to elicit, the more I began to feel as though cooking offal was [...]

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Red wine and raisin chutney

My favourite of all red wines is pinot noir. I was once told in my younger years that once you begin to drink red you’ll always favour red. Being that I didn’t really drink wine or if I did stuck to white I didn’t quite believe this statement.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Peach and mint infused vinegar

My gran has a peach tree in her backyard, and every summer we would end up with boxes of ripe peaches landing on our kitchen bench just begging to be eaten. Personally, I am a huge fan of stone fruit. Peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries, these flavours really epitomise summer to me.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Mint pesto

This pesto can be used for a multitude of things. As a dip, tossed through roasted vegetables, on a sandwich, or drizzled over eggplant ravioli, the recipe for which I will post in the next couple of days. The fresh, zesty mint provides the perfect contrast to the rich and creamy flavours of the ravioli.

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