There was once a time when I could spend a whole afternoon in the kitchen. Uninterrupted. Undistracted. These days I’m lucky if my culinary forays last more than forty-five minutes. My pots are often found upturned on the kitchen floor and my wooden spoons now […]
There is nothing like the satisfaction of growing ones own vegetables. Towards the end of last year we moved house and one of the first things we did was buy 6 large apple boxes into which we dumped 4 ½ cubic metres of soil and a whole lot of love. Not long after the addition of these fine raised beds to our back garden we received a lunar calendar from a friend, an ancient relic from the 70’s whose colours had long since faded, lending to it an apt sense of mysticism (more…)
We have been back at work nearly one month and after a day in the office, my evenings are a balance of fresh air and spending a little time in the kitchen. I say little because my weeknight dinners are always simple, they are colourful salads with the addition of seasonal fruit, a handful of nuts or seeds […]
Last week we introduced Andrew, a Design Engineer here at F&P. Rather than relying on luck when cooking a roast beef, he used a method based on a principal of thirds.
Cooking for me has always been my creative outlet but Andrew’s shown me it has another side, a technical side (more…)
While travelling around Southern Italy earlier this year, I reconnected with many things – the sun (we had a particularly average summer in Dunedin this year), reading books (made from paper! With wine in one hand, feet up – time to relax!), incredible architecture and […]
This time of year is all about eating with friends and eating outdoors. During these warmer months, I’m choosing recipes which allow me to relax and spend time with the people we have over, not trapped in the kitchen. The success to this is finding the right balance between food which can be prepared in advance and fresh food (more…)