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 [...]
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 [...]
I have wanted to post this recipe for about 6 months; but knowing the sweet in savoury theme had been planned, and how well this recipe fits into the theme, I decided to hold out. I’ve made this salad several times in the office, as an accompaniment to some evening meals and it has been [...]
Two days ago it was Waitangi Day here in NZ; a public holiday to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The weather was beautiful and so we thought what better way to spend a public holiday than at our local beach
Inspiration for this salad came from a wee gem of a book which I picked up at a book fair several years ago held in a great old hall attached to the Anglican Church down the road from us. I recall wandering down on a lazy Saturday morning and as I entered into the cavernous [...]
There’s something liberating about dusting off the barbecue after a long, cold winter. It’s a sure sign summers on its way, and with it come long, lazy lunches and al fresco dinners while basking in the sunset. As it is barbeque month at OurKitchen it was only fitting to ask one of our work mates [...]
I have been enjoying a parsnip revival of late. Parsnip soup is the dinner du jour in our household this week, but who can resist delicious, sweet roast parsnip? This is a vegetable synonymous with winter, roast dinners, warm fires and chilly nights.
We are very fortunate to be in the Southern Hemisphere right now, enjoying warm summer days, long evenings and an abundance of fresh produce right when we feel like a bit of light relief after the excesses of Christmas.
After a somewhat indulgent Christmas period, the last thing I feel like doing is standing in the kitchen for hours slaving over a hot stove and the mere thought of sitting down to another oversized meal is just too much. So for a quick and light alternative, (and to help ease some of those guilty [...]
I am very fortunate to have a green-thumbed partner. This spring he has been tirelessly toiling away in our glass house; tidying and trimming, composting and mulching, possibly talking to the plants, whispering a few words of encouragement – whatever he is doing it is working.
Growing up, I can remember Mum’s dinners often comprising of a side of coleslaw, rich and creamy from the condensed milk dressing. I can remember my sister and I offering to make it and sneaking cheese into it…I think we had just discovered that everything tasted better with cheese.
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