Monday, June 10th, 2013

Monkfish Kebabs

These monkfish kebabs are actually my favourite thing to make at the moment. They are divine. We have eaten them several times in the last few weeks as they are just so easy to put together - the monkfish is meaty enough to stay firmly on the kebab too, so you don’t need to worry about [...]

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Simon’s Szechuan Tuna with Sesame Slaw

Simon, one of our cooking chief engineers, is a real foodie.  He is often in the office kitchen whipping up something delicious.  Previously he shared with us his Pea Shoot Pesto, this time he has this really simple and more-ish Szechuan Tuna with Sesame Slaw:

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Clams in chili lime broth

We are so lucky here in Dunedin to have an abundance of wild foods available for free procurement.  One of my favourite wild food experiences is to spend a Sunday collecting clams from Papanui inlet. We head down at lowtide with a spade and a couple of buckets.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Pork and watercress terrine with poached apples

Terrine is one of those dishes which must not be thought about too much before consuming.  If one was to explain it to an unknowing, unsuspecting diner then I suspect mouths may become instantly clamped.  Flaked meat suspended in cold gelatine…..hardly appetising.

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Ceviche with radish and cucumber salad

It’s nice when the time comes to write about a recipe and I get the time to reflect and share an exceptional food experience. This memory stems back from only last Friday when we, the blog team were lucky enough to travel to Moeraki and visit Fleur’s Place for lunch. Unassumingly nestled on the edge [...]

Friday, June 8th, 2012


This simple dish was inspired by a mystery gift from one of the guys at work. I asked him to bring back a cooking implement unique to his home country,  Germany. He came back from his holiday with what I can only describe as a strange looking cheese grater with a hopper attached to it. [...]

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. 

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Risotto alla Milanese

Ok so you will have realised from the title that I have diverged a little from this months Yum Char theme. The reason for my straying is to share a recipe with you that is inspired by a recent trip to Italy. I was fortunate to travel to Italy for the last 2 weeks in [...]

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Char Siu Bao (Pork Buns)

When I was living in Japan I used to buy these buns from the seven eleven below my apartment. In true Japanese style in addition to the traditional Chinese fillings they came in all sorts of kooky flavours like pizza, cheese & curry and chicken and mayonnaise. 

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Smoked salmon and orange pate

This is my last post for the time being; I have written it in advance, due to the fact that my maternity leave will have started by the time this recipe goes up.

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, December 31st, 2011

Theresa’s tuna empanadas

This post is the last for 2011 and thus I feel it necessary to reflect on the twelve months that have been.  It has been a busy year for us here in the studio in Auckland and all of us have had the satisfaction of seeing some of our designs come to fruition.  One of [...]

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