Ingredient: Pulses & Legumes

Smoked Bacon and Cannellini Bean Soup

Smoked Bacon and Cannellini Bean Soup

A hearty bowl of this soup is the perfect comfort food for a dreary night when you want something delicious, nutritious and quick to prepare.  

Chicken salad

Chicken salad

Vegan food is not something that comes naturally to me (how do you milk an almond???). My exposure to it was certainly limited growing up in Hamilton, one of the livestock capitals of the world. But a vegetarian flatmate and the lunch special at the […]

Chorizo and Leek Cassoulet with Poached Eggs

Chorizo and Leek Cassoulet with Poached Eggs

Eating from a pre-prepared lunchbox never sat well with me as a child. I couldn’t seem to trust that the food going in would be the food coming out, and often it wasn’t. It is no surprise then that I find myself cooking the majority of my lunches. (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.

sausage and lentils

sausage and lentils

This is my kind of comfort food; food you can always turn to, that is easy to prepare, looks after itself and is satisfying to eat! And, with the added bonus of the whole meal being cooked in one pot it’s easy clean up too.

Christmas roast chicken with macadamia and apricot salad

Christmas roast chicken with macadamia and apricot salad

I’m one of those people who can’t sleep in on Christmas day. Compared to the 364 other days of the year when my eyes are intent on staying shut and my snooze button gets pressed half a dozen times, on Christmas day it’s another story. At around 6am my eyelids ping open and without a hint of tiredness I spring out of bed to make coffee and watch whatever Christmas show is playing (more…)

Vegetarian burgers

Vegetarian burgers

As I’ve become a “grown-up” I’ve come to the opinion that one does not need to consume large quantities of meat every day and so for weeknight dinners I’ve been preparing a lighter vegetarian meal or one consisting mainly of vegetables with a small amount of lean meat. But as a kid it was a completely different story;

Dhal

Dhal

Dhal is one of those magical dishes.  The simple coming together of the humble lentil paired with a perfectly balanced combination of spices (best toasted and freshly ground), cooked long and slow and served steaming hot.  What I love about dhal is that it holds […]

Spiced Vegie Burger

Spiced Vegie Burger

What is up with vegetarian bacon?  I just can’t get my head around the idea.  Fakin bacon just isn’t that cool.  Vegie burgers on the other hand are the real deal, and the possibilities are endless.  (more…)

Roast lamb with garlic and rosemary haricot beans

Roast lamb with garlic and rosemary haricot beans

I am not the world’s biggest meat eater.  In fact it was only last night that I pondered why exactly, people upon first meeting me, politely enquire whether or not I am a vegetarian!  Whilst it is not uncommon for my friends to affectionately refer […]

Heidi’s lentil piadina

Heidi’s lentil piadina

Heidi, our marketing coordinator based in Borso Del Grappa, sent me this recipe on my first day back in the office this January. It was a lovely surprise to have a fresh recipe to try for the New Year and I have been making these […]

Hello hummus

Hello hummus

So this month we have been busy creating recipes based on whole grains and super foods, and I like to think that for most of my day, I am quite virtuous in my food choices.  There are of course two exceptions.  One, I love to bake; and two, I love to snack!  Baking is something I never want to address: butter, sugar, white flour, these are three of my close and personal friends. (more…)

Lentil salad with grapes and chardonnay dressing

Lentil salad with grapes and chardonnay dressing

I remember a few years ago when I was working as a chef, there was a dry spell in the availability of puy lentils – I can’t remember what caused it but it seemed to cause quite a stir amongst our restaurant community.   I admit […]