Author: Emma

Cyclone Luci, handmade butter and a very tall chocolate cake

Cyclone Luci, handmade butter and a very tall chocolate cake

Here on our wee island paradise we will shortly find ourselves prematurely plunged into darkness when we dutifully turn our clocks back an hour in the advent of daylight saving.  We know that for most of you this is a particularly unpleasant thought so in […]

A very merry christmas!

A very merry christmas!

Last Christmas our son was four weeks old.  As we gathered around the Christmas tree to unwrap presents he lay sleeping, swaddled in muslin in his Moses basket oblivious to the sound of happy chatter and rustling paper.  This year, 11 months on, he has […]

One pot wonders

One pot wonders

This morning a blanket of thick fluffy grey cloud hangs over the city.  The neighbours avocado tree, heavy with fruit, is buffeted in the wind and the leaves on our passionfruit vine nod in time.  It’s chilly outside, and it’s no wonder, it is winter after all.  So in defiance of the cold we’re wrapped up warm.  Woolen jumpers and thick socks (more…)

Pasta and noodles

Pasta and noodles

I will freely admit that I am rather partial to pasta.  This partiality made itself known the first time I set about making pasta and as the years pass it has by no means waned.  The taste and texture that result from the combination of […]

BBQ’s and the impending arrival of summer

BBQ’s and the impending arrival of summer

Summer is teasing us down here at the bottom of the earth.  She sends sunshine beating down upon pallid wintry skin, warming fingers and toes still frozen from ice-laced southerlies.  Bodies unfurl and unwrap and greedily soak up her radiant heat before retreating once again […]

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

Whilst the team here at Our Kitchen are by no means vegetarians, we do all however appreciate the importance of moderation when it comes to meal times…..most of the time anyway!  So this month we bring you a selection of vegetarian recipes.  Whilst we know they will be well loved by our vegetarian readers, (more…)

Fisher & Paykel History Book

Fisher & Paykel History Book

Here at F&P we’ve been doing a bit of documentation and story telling of late.  You see, even though our heritage only dates back to the 1930’s, there are still countless stories to be told and significant milestones to be celebrated.  And so it is […]

Mid-winter christmas

Mid-winter christmas

Here at the end of the earth it feels as though the rain will never stop.  It falls in sheets, it blows sideways, it floats down to the earth in a hazy sun shower and it bounces off wet asphalt, little balls of ice gathering […]

Seafood

Seafood

 I have fond memories of being on the beach as a little girl, collecting pipis with my brothers.  The tide stretched out for what felt like miles in front of us, exposing a multitude of pools in which gathered wee hermit crabs scuttling nervously back-and-forth under the water in their stolen shells.  (more…)

Black & White

Black & White

This month we bring you black & white, a celebration of the Rugby World Cup, and more importantly a celebration of our boys in black.  We decided to get a little bit inventive and experiment with colours and flavours, with textures and tones and we […]

Auckland Homeshow 2011

Auckland Homeshow 2011

Last week was a big one.  It had been months in the making and last Wednesday when the doors to the Auckland Homeshow finally opened, we revealed our latest dining experience, Yum.  The stand was suggestive of a Kiwi bach.  A sustainable deck stretched out […]

Taveuni, you stole a piece of my heart.

Taveuni, you stole a piece of my heart.

In all my thirty years I had never, until last week, set foot in any one of our Pacific Island nations.  To me it was a world undiscovered, a world which despite our geographic proximity and our close connections, I had spent little time contemplating.  Oh how quickly this all changed! (more…)

Office favourites – part 2

Office favourites – part 2

Food and cooking for me is about three fundamental things.  The first of these is the evolution of food.  The more I cook, the more I learn and develop my skills and techniques, which in turn means that the food I cook evolves.  Secondly I […]