Ingredient: Fruit

Banana, coconut and caramel pavlova

Banana, coconut and caramel pavlova

This recipe takes the classic pavlova and sends it to the Pacific Islands for a holiday. Fresh coconut shavings, banana and caramel sauce wrap around this pav’ like a lavalava

Cranberry and apple cider pork belly

Cranberry and apple cider pork belly

I have been waiting in anticipation for sometime for another opportunity to try out my Pork Belly recipe, so what more perfect a place than a mid-winter dinner party!

The key to this relatively simple dish is

Figgy Christmas Fruit Mince

Figgy Christmas Fruit Mince

With only 10 weeks (!) until Christmas, we’re excited to share a guest post from The Epicurean Architect for this figgy Christmas fruit mince!  The fruit mince can be used immediately after making, but gets better as it ages – so find the time and get yours made now.  If you don’t use it all in your Christmas mince pies, it is divine in an Italian Christmas day dessert classic – Vanilla Ice-cream Cassata. (more…)

Florentines

Florentines

I have read conflicting stories which suggest that Florentines were, as the name suggests, first made in Florence, and others which recount a tale whereby their invention took place in the kitchen of King Louis XIV’s to present to a party of Italian guests to his palace at Versailles.

Simon’s Limoncello cake

Simon’s Limoncello cake

The third and final place-getting recipe from last year’s office bake-off comes from Simon, one of our senior engineers. A real foodie; Simon has previously shared with us his Schiacciata con l’uva, a traditional autumn bread made in Tuscany. For the bake-off he made this […]

Tiny Apple and Elderflower tarts

Tiny Apple and Elderflower tarts

With summer finally gracing us with her presence, I am eagerly anticipating spending several afternoons, when the sun is shining, gathering elderflowers to make cordial and hopefully elderflower champagne, which our colleague Simon (of Simons lemoncello cake ) has very kindly given us a recipe for. (more…)

Day after green smoothie

Day after green smoothie

St Patricks Day and all it’s green associations ironically leaves many keen celebrators feeling somewhat green tinged on March the 18th. 

Roast vegetable cake

Roast vegetable cake

Anyone that knows me knows that I have an enormous sweet tooth, so naturally when we were discussing what we could make as a part of the 2016 Love Food Hate Waste campaign to “use up your leftovers” I immediately thought of something sweet.

Orange and Cranberry Muffins

Orange and Cranberry Muffins

When you grow up with a mechanical engineer for a Dad, it seems inevitable you will be equal parts curious and methodical.  A few months ago we were lucky enough to have year 12 Otago Girls High student Holly spend a couple of days here with the design team completing some work experience.  Passionate about both photography and baking, it seemed only natural that Holly dive into the test kitchen where she created, styled and photographed her very own blog post. (more…)

Almond pancakes with blueberries and ice cream

Almond pancakes with blueberries and ice cream

Pancakes are a treat; they are often cooked in ones pjs on a lazy weekend morning.  So topping them with fresh blueberries and ice cream for our Mother’s Day shoot really pushed this already treat food into unchartered breakfast territory

Ricotta filled, orange scented doughnuts

Ricotta filled, orange scented doughnuts

Almost two years ago now, while travelling around southern Italy for a few weeks, we happened upon a small café in the town square of Catania, Sicily, with a counter stacked high with sweet treats. Choosing to forgo the famous cannoli, I bought the biggest […]

Spiced Apple Cider

It might officially be spring, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a chill in the air down here in Dunedin. So enjoy the longer spring nights tucked up indoors with a glass of this hot spiced apple cider to warm you up from the inside out.

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Raw ‘Choc’ orange slice

Raw ‘Choc’ orange slice

This very healthy and delicious (a perfect combo in my humble opinion) recipe comes courtesy of Bekah Carran – artist, budding raw foodist and conveniently partner of my desk buddy Matt.  Last week Matt brought in some treats Bekah had made and we just had […]