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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Peas with coconut

There is nothing more satisfying than spending an afternoon in the kitchen over a hot stove, lost in a culinary haze, only to rejoin the rest of the world several hours later to the sound of the happy chatter of friends and family as they arrive to share in the feast.  I think that Indian [...]

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Banana raita

For as long as I can remember Mum has always served Indian meals with raita, a side dish with its origins in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, made primarily from yoghurt with the addition of herbs and/or spices and fruit or vegetables.  Growing up, Mum would make either cucumber or banana raita which was always flavoured [...]

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Wilted Kale with nutmeg and butter

What I love about this side is its simplicity, and the fact the final dish truly is worth more than the sum of its parts. It is a welcome, silky addition to the side of a plate piled high with heavenly roast pork and parsnips.

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Roast parsnips, pears, caramelised shallots and macadamia nuts

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. 

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Siu mai

These little bite-sized morsels are my absolute favourite item from the yum char menu.  I quite often meet my wife and her family for a yum char lunch during the week.  It makes a nice little break from my working day, and even better the restaurant is right across the road from the office. 

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Chinese tea eggs

At 6am in the morning in the month of May here at the bottom of the world it is pitch black.  And cold.  Our houses aren’t built for winter and as I lay in bed contemplating the day before me, great billows of condensed air form in the darkness around me.  When finally I muster [...]

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Spring onion pancakes

If I close my eyes and concentrate hard enough I can block out all stimuli around me.  The rhythmic tapping of fingers as they fall on the keys of well-worn keyboards, the heady aroma of freshly ground coffee and the slight stirring of the air as it passes through the dusty vents in the air-conditioning [...]

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Larb gai

In the spirit of this brand New Year, I would like to propose a toast to new beginnings and to being inspired anew.  There is nothing like seeing out one year and ushering in the next, full of hope and promise, of goals and visions and also of things unknown.  2011 was a great year [...]

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Labne with a black olive tapenade

I must confess that when the black and white theme for this month was decided on, I felt like a bit of a traitor, for I am actually cheering on two teams. Luckily, the second team still fits the theme! For me the black represents the All Blacks (obviously!) and the white – my native [...]

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Leeks vinaigrette & roasted potatoes with herb oil

Christmas is officially a week away and I am a little nervous.
End-of-year catch-ups and a few work functions have occupied my weeknights. Last year I was preserving tomato chutney, making molasses and caramel chocolates and sewing handmade

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Balsamic roasted beetroot and orange and thyme roasted carrots

Side dishes on Christmas day are crucial. Ours usually consist of salads and new season Oamaru potatoes but this year I will do something a little more traditional. Tradition doesn’t have to be boring; layering flavours onto simple, fresh vegetables is anything but. If you are using fresh produce, it’s important not to

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