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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 […]

Street food

Street food

Street food is seasonal, specialised, speedy and as its name suggests, eaten on the street from a truck, a cart or a stall.  For you it could be an elderly lady hunched over a pot of hot oil, frying cheese empanadas in Quito, Ecuador.  Or […]

Sweet in savoury

Sweet in savoury

A sweet element naturally lends quite distinctive tastes to savoury foods. The incomparable aroma of a sweet and sticky glaze caramelizing takes a smokey salty Christmas ham to another level, the sweet floral notes of a pineapple salsa adds freshness to fish and so on.

Lazy Sunday’s

Lazy Sunday’s

This month the OurKitchen team are bringing you ‘Lazy Sunday’s’. We have carefully selected those recipes, which for us, epitomise a lazy Sunday. From French toast to pickled vegetables and a whole heap of deliciousness in-between; we are looking forward to sharing them with you […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our new baby

Our new baby

My job as a product evaluator is to stand in the shoes of our customers and test the ability and usability of our cooking products. Our latest built-in oven was tested vigorously as a complete unit and for the performance of each part. Our standard […]

Family Favourites

Family Favourites

I had some unexpected time off last week….. The Sunday before last started off as a perfectly normal day. I got up and met a friend at the beach for a dog walk, before returning home around 10am. I came in through the front door (with my […]

Retro

Retro

Retro relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past : fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned <a retro look> I guess this means retro represents any historic style and being that it’s based on nostalgia it is also completely subjective

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking

There is nothing quite like a campfire. We have all experienced the mesmerizing powers of the deep orange flames flickering and dancing before us. We have probably all had a burnt sausage and a slightly over-toasted (chargrilled?) marshmallow.

Working lunches

Working lunches

I love lunchtimes at work; the hustle and bustle of hungry people darting around our small but well-equip kitchen. It seems as though every small appliance is going and every person is talking at once. We eventually squeeze around a table and talk to each […]

Summer Bounty

Summer Bounty

It must seem a little peculiar to our Northern Hemisphere readers that just as we pack away the Christmas decorations for another year and enjoy a break from work with family and friends we are also fully into the heat of summer, basking in the […]

Christmas already!

Christmas already!

It’s that time of the year again where we all say “where on earth did the year go?” This year has been an exciting one for the blog team: there have been two instances where we have been able to work together as a complete team, once in Dunedin and again in Auckland for Taste