Author: Emma

two today!

two today!

On this day two years ago, filled with equal measures of excitement and trepidation, we launched Our Kitchen.  We were (and mostly likely still are) a bunch of (mostly) amateur cooks, stylists, photographers and writers, all fuelled by an intense love for food, cooking, eating […]

Yippee kai yay!

Yippee kai yay!

We have a wee surprise for you, beloved readers, and we hope that you will be as excited as we are.  We’ve been holding it in for some months now whilst we’ve toiled and tweaked and tailored and have finally arrived at something which we […]

Autumn

Autumn

Autumn is well and truly here.  The rain clouds have started to gather and afternoon turns quickly into dusk, then dusk to dark.  Streets are still, the air crisp, spotted at intervals by lamp light.  Chimneys exhale plumes of smoke and curtains are drawn tight against the cold.  Inside, kitchens are lit up, and food turns from cooling to comforting.  Potatoes, slow cooked meat, soups and puddings become staples over the cooler months and best eaten with a good glass of red by a flickering fire.

This month the Our Kitchen team serve you up the best of Autumn with recipes which typify the start of our cooler months.  Celeriac, pumpkin, potatoes, quince and feijoas are boiled, mashed, baked and slow cooked to perfection to help warm up the stretch of chilly evenings which lie before us.

Cooking with kids

Cooking with kids

Cooking can capture the attention of even the youngest of children.  Some of my first memories revolve around baking with my Dad.  I can vividly remember sitting high up on the kitchen bench giddy at the prospect of being able to measure and pour and […]

Mushroom picking in Stockholm

Mushroom picking in Stockholm

I love how a collection of words strung together in a certain order can paint such a vivid picture and stir such strong emotions.  Mushroom picking in the Swedish countryside…..to me those six words are full of romanticism; trees twisted and gnarled, like something from […]

Chao Long

Chao Long

Chao Long marked the end of my travels around China.  In contrast to the bustling metropolis that is Beijing, Chao Long’s dusty roads lead to rice paddies and rivers, to thatched pergolas on the edge of orchards where we ate meals served straight from surrounding vegetable gardens and nearby rivers. (more…)

Beijing

Beijing

After having spent 2 weeks in rural China I was hesitant about travelling to Beijing, favouring instead the slow life to which I had (surprisingly quickly) grown accustomed.  A light summer rain fell as we first emerged from the underground onto the crowded streets of […]

Real food, real people.

Real food, real people.

For all of you out there who have ever wondered how things work behind the scenes at Our Kitchen, now is your chance to have a look.  Real food, real people (which you can check out here) is a wee film in which Lauren and […]

Pu’er tea.

Pu’er tea.

Given that I have a love for tea which boarders on obsession, it is almost redundant to point out that the mere thought of travelling to a place which boasts tea as its main export was almost too much for me to fathom.  Long before I packed my bags and bid my farewells I had dreamed of Yunnan.  Though most of the details of this dream were hazy, there was one element (more…)

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas provides the perfect backdrop against which to reflect on the year that has been, on experience gained, lessons learned and on challenges triumphed.  It has been a big year for Our Kitchen and so I thought it important to celebrate our achievements, our own […]

Taste of Auckland

Taste of Auckland

The team here at Our Kitchen are on a collective high.  High on a heady mix of the taste of impossibly good food, of ice cold ciders sipped in the early summer sunshine and most certainly high on adrenalin, the by-product of cooking and serving […]

Auckland office bake-off

Auckland office bake-off

There is no denying that incentive goes a long way in inspiring action and yesterday’s turn out for the office bake-off was testament to this.  Aspiring bakers here in the Fisher & Paykel product development office rolled up their sleeves, donned their aprons and dusted off their cake tins in an effort to win tickets to Taste of Auckland, ‘a celebration of the best cuisine (more…)

Lijiang, Yunnan Provence.

Lijiang, Yunnan Provence.

For years I had felt a compulsion to visit China, for what reason exactly I am unsure.  Certainly it is a country rich in history, in art and in culture, all things for which I have a fascination.  And of course from a culinary perspective […]