Char Siu Bao (Pork Buns)

When I was living in Japan I used to buy these buns from the seven eleven below my apartment. In true Japanese style in addition to the traditional Chinese fillings they came in all sorts of kooky flavours like pizza, cheese & curry and chicken and mayonnaise. 

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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 doughnut I could find

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Deep Dish Pizza

The group of desks I sit at can sometimes get heated. When you have a Frenchman, a Northlander, a Chicagoan, a Chinese Kiwi, a Hamiltonian and a Westie all within arguing distance there can be some pretty steep opinion gradients. But we found one thing we can agree on. Paul mentioned his native city Chicago’s signature food, deep dish pizza, and after initially asking if he was sure it wasn’t deep fried, we did some googling and our eyes glazed over.

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Roti Canai

Over summer I spent 2 months in South-East Asia, discovering the land of things that shouldn’t taste good but do. Fish sauce is made from rotting fish and smells like a dock during a power outage but cannot be substituted in many Thai dishes. Green chilli’s with eye watering amounts of capsacin, natures way of campaigning your body’s supposed dislike of pain so that you won’t eat it.

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Fig & walnut (friendship) bread

A couple of months ago I was at a friend’s house when I noticed a bowl of batter sitting on their kitchen bench and on top, a single white A4 piece of paper titled ‘German Friendship Cake’. I was fascinated – was this the food equivalent of a chain letter?

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Seed bread

I’ve got a real love affair with bread, have all my life. Our little farmers’ market down here in Dunedin has a bakery which produces the most beautifully textured bread with a crunchy outer crust – when Friday rolls around I am already excited about getting up early on Saturday morning just to secure my favourite loaf.

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Spaghetti, pine nut and basil parcels

You may have missed what a huge fan of leftovers I am but just to fill you in – there is something I just adore about yesterday’s food. I also HATE to waste food (it makes me feel sad and guilty) so even if the end result is a disaster I try to resurrect it into something worth eating…if only once

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Spinach and feta gozleme

A few years ago I was at the Glebe markets in Sydney and tried for the first time gozleme.  To this day that food memory is still vivid.  Watching the ladies prepare and fry order after order was mesmerising; they’d clearly been cooking gozleme for a lifetime

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Soft rye with mushrooms, goats feta and carraway

I am really bad with things that take time and require patience; knitting, golf and gardening spring to mind as things I’ve tried and given up on due to lack of immediate satisfaction. I love cooking (obviously) but I’ve never been much of a bread-maker

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