Ingredient: Spices

Kimchi

Kimchi

I have been AWOL from Our Kitchen for some months; I was on holiday in September, but I promise this recipe makes up for my absenteeism. I want to talk about kimchi/ kimchee/gimchi (김치) – this traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables is set to […]

Saag Aloo pie

Saag Aloo pie

Becky works alongside me as one of our cooking product evaluators and she never fails to come up with new and inventive ways to test our cooking products. Her passion for cooking equates to a lot of delicious ‘engineer feed’ coming out of the lab […]

Gluten free carrot cake with cashew icing

Gluten free carrot cake with cashew icing

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of gluten free and wheat free which has been a relatively easy change. I don’t necessarily feel that everyone should avoid gluten and wheat (more…)

Jordan’s Reuben Sandwich

Jordan’s Reuben Sandwich

I credit the sandwich as my gateway food into a general curiosity for cooking. The combination of ingredients are almost as endless as the ways you can eat them, and to kick off the ‘month of lunch’ I can’t think of anything more appropriate.

USA and Buffalo wings

USA and Buffalo wings

Buffalo wings are on the menu of just about any casual American eatery and by the end of our 3 week American vacation I gave up trying to convince myself that I didn’t like them

Chai & coconut milk ice cream

Chai & coconut milk ice cream

I’ve recently returned from a 3 week holiday in the mighty USA; during our jaunt I became obsessed with the ‘all American diners’ – those institutions that have been running forever, open all day and all night, serving bottomless cups of filter coffee (more…)

Homemade Yoghurt with Spiced Orange Compote

Homemade Yoghurt with Spiced Orange Compote

Thick?  Yes! Creamy? Yes!  Super kind on the purse strings? Absolutely! I’d like to point out that I’m completely stoked to have mastered the art of homemade yoghurt making.  After the success I had with my dairy free coconut yoghurt I thought I should have […]

Cheap and cheerful kedgeree

Cheap and cheerful kedgeree

This recipe is perfect for the days following Christmas – when the chaos is over and you need recipes that require minimal work.  I’m planning on making this on Boxing Day, hopefully with the bounty from a fishing trip

Christmas Pudding with Vanilla Bean Custard

Christmas Pudding with Vanilla Bean Custard

In August this year my boyfriends grandfather passed away.  He was a wonderful man who just 5 years ago had finished building his own octagonal house, the wood for which he milled himself, the pipes for which he ran.  One look around his home, perched high above a little-used train track, and you got a feel for how resourceful he was. (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, […]

Spicy chicken wings with chipotle & lime sauce

Spicy chicken wings with chipotle & lime sauce

The weather is warming up here in Aotearoa which means barbecue season is upon us. After 17 years barbecuing (taken from my thirteenth birthday where I was gifted my first barbecue) I’m looking for something different, interesting and a change

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…)

Easy fish, tomato and coconut stew

Easy fish, tomato and coconut stew

 I remember a version of this as a staff meal and at the time I thought it was so gourmet.  Looking at this recipe today, it may have lost its gourmet shine but it is however just as delicious and worthy of a blog post