Ingredient: Meat

Spicy lamb shanks with Quince

Spicy lamb shanks with Quince

Every autumn around Easter time, I always feel the pull of home, the embrace of family and the welcome warmth of a roaring log fire.

Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce & slaw

Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce & slaw

This recipe was a collective labour of love.  Very appropriate given that the people cooking it, that very morning were just newly engaged!  This groom-to-be proposed to his Aussie belle, then leap from bed in search of a good solid shoulder of pork like the […]

Simons slow grilled paprika pork

Simons slow grilled paprika pork

A few weeks before Christmas a bunch of our Chief Engineers had an off-site day. We got ourselves right out of the office and hired a small community hall out on the nearby peninsula.  (more…)

Barbecued  greek lamb

Barbecued greek lamb

I have made this recipe a couple of times over the summer break, it always gets a great reception. The lemon and yogurt marinade really plays well against the richness of the lamb, making for a well-balanced dish.

Kelvin’s Fiesta Fajitas

Kelvin’s Fiesta Fajitas

Kelvin has the enviable position of being our chief engineer for outdoor cooking, and is so dedicated to the cause he enthusiastically joined Kate and Kurt for some outdoor grilling in the rain! Not only does Kelvin have the technical know-how on all  the bits under the hood of our […]

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

I’ve been wanting to post pad Thai for a while but have been a little hesitant as it’s one of those foods that has history, tradition and with it a whole line of followers. It’s a bit of an institution and those who are true devotees are pretty staunch in their belief that you just don’t mess with pad Thai (more…)

Lamb koftas with golden beetroot slaw

Lamb koftas with golden beetroot slaw

The latest craze in our kitchen is Middle Eastern food.  If it doesn’t contain pinenuts or pistachios, coriander or cumin, tahini or tamarind then we’re not interested!  What I find most appealing about this style of cuisine is its generous use of spices, fresh herbs, […]

banana and bacon bites

banana and bacon bites

Here it is – well the miniature version – bite sized morsels, perfect for sharing with friends over a long leisurely brunch.  Banana, bacon and maple syrup are a classic sweet and savoury combination.  Enough said, short and sweet just like these little bites!

Stir-fried beef with tropical fruit

Stir-fried beef with tropical fruit

Amie’s first recipe contribution was her Dad’s steamed pork and now she brings another delicious Chinese recipe.

This recipe is a beautiful example of the compatibility of salty, succulent beef with sweet delicate fruit (more…)

venison with red wine chocolate sauce

venison with red wine chocolate sauce

This is a really simple recipe that doesn’t take a lot of time but you can plate it up and impress your guests with the intriguing combination of sweet and savoury. You are essentially deglazing the pan with red wine and port as you would […]

Venison hot dogs

Venison hot dogs

My husband has become a deer hunter and I’m not completely sure how I feel about it. Call me a hypocrite as although I don’t like the thought of a target over poor Bambi’s head, I love to eat its meat. Having a reputation as […]

Spicy lamb & eggplant pies

Spicy lamb & eggplant pies

Yesterday was a special day, it was the day we celebrated our first Father’s Day as a new family.  It was filled with sunshine and sea air and a walk under a cool green canopy of cabbage and punga trees in the hills out west of our fair city.  And if this wasn’t enough, it was jam-packed with more than our fair share of cuddles and kisses given freely (more…)

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

We’re pretty used to baked beans here in New Zealand – the canned, sweet and swimming in tomato sauce variety. So often served up on hot buttered toast as a weekend lunch after kids’ sports, or a quick weeknight dinner.