With only 10 weeks (!) until Christmas, we’re excited to share a guest post from The Epicurean Architect for this figgy Christmas fruit mince! The fruit mince can be used immediately after making, but gets better as it ages – so find the time and get yours made now. If you don’t use it all in your Christmas mince pies, it is divine in an Italian Christmas day dessert classic – Vanilla Ice-cream Cassata.
For a sweet treat with a twist, you can’t go past this simple recipe for chocolate bark. It is sure to wow, but is also incredibly easy to make – especially if you’re lucky enough to be using an induction cooktop, where the heat control is so precise so you can melt the chocolate directly in the pot without any need for a double boiler.
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 trend massively in 2015 and I wanted to be a part of it.
Calling all green tomatoes! Roll up roll up for opportunity of a lifetime! Don’t be left to go by the wayside as your vine bows and browns instead be part of the ultimate condiment; a star on sandwiches, magic on meats and an absolute champ with cheese. Chow Chow – but you better do it now now!
It’s a grey old day here in Auckland. The sky is a blanket of thick black cloud from which falls an endless stream of rain. It’s not particularly summery weather but I don’t mind. In fact I like it, it’s doing our garden wonders and anything that speeds up the ripening of the first of the summer crops is a good thing.
It seems to fitting to pair meringues with almonds and the flavour of orange blossom flowers; they all share the similarities of being pale and delicate. Because of the nature of the orange blossom, and the belief that they symbolise purity, these tiny flowers are seen as a traditional bridal flower in many countries and therefore, their presence at these auspicious occasions comes in many forms; including the traditional way to flavour to wedding cakes – what a romantic notion.
This month of modern and traditional Chinese recipes cannot pass without a recipe for the magical ‘cookie of fortune’. I probably first saw these cookies, packaged in a simple white noodle box on an 80’s American sitcom or teen movie. Who could forget when Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan’s fortune cookie caused a 24 hour body-switch….yeah me neither until I googled it
Easter for me was 1 car accident, 3 swims, 1 finished book and an ‘almost’ surf (squeezed into my wetsuit, board tucked under my arm, ankles wet and then face to face with the ferocious surf I thought it was best left to the professionals – I’m just a learner, so I’m allowed to chicken out
This post is a wee ode to my Mum for having instilled in me the dogged determination to gift things handmade. I remember as a young child taking a sheet of white A4 paper and carefully folding it in two, lining up each edge so that it was perfectly square. Then out came the paints and pencils, the scissors and glue and from it would emerge a canvas bursting
This post marks the occasion of Valentine’s Day – which doesn’t have to be all about having a mate; it can simply be thinking about the things you love. I love vanilla ice cream, hydrangeas, singing in the car, board games, new stationary, old baking tins, watching my cat lick her paws and I love people. My boyfriend says I love people too much – but I think that’s impossible!
On numerous occasions I have told of my passion for tea, and on numerous occasions (probably in the same breath) I have told of my desire to blend my own tea. I remember several years ago now feeling particularly inspired, wanting to blend, package and brand my own tea, as well as design wee tea infusers with which to brew it. Suffice to say none of the above eventuated (though as they say it is never too late!),
- Whittaker's Chocolate
- spelt flour
- rye flour
- Rice & Grains
- Pulses & Legumes
- Pasta & Noodles
- Nuts & Seeds
- ice cream
- Green tomatoes
- full cream milk
- Fish & Seafood
- Dutch process cocoa