Torta glassata al cioccolato

We have been working with our Italian colleagues for a few years now. The Italian factory is situated near the picturesque town of Bassano del Grappa, with its historic wooden bridge over the Brenta river (pictured below).

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Aunty Kathryn’s Spiced Pecans

In October this year, I packed my suitcase and popped across the ditch to be bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  A few days before the wedding, we travelled south-west along the Pacific Highway

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Caramel poached pears

  Somehow I’m often relegated to dessert duty at any sort of gathering of food and friends. At this time of year these caramel poached pears are the perfect choice usually because I am powerless to resist all the beautiful pears in baskets at the Dunedin farmers’ market and always end up with too many for just my family.

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Chilli chicken soup

Chicken soup is just plain good for the soul. I make the effort to use free range chicken where possible – I think the flavour is much deeper, and it shines through in this warming soup. I love clear soups; a nourishing broth to cure what ails you. This one is particularly tasty

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Sam’s winning macarons

In December last year, we ran a bake-off down here in the Dunedin product development office. First place went to Sam, one of our electronics engineers, for his amazing chocolate macarons. We have been meaning to share this recipe with you for some time, but with all the work that

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Celeriac mash

I adore celeriac, I love the gentle flavour; a hint of celery, combined with the texture of a potato or turnip. However, in my humble opinion here, within New Zealand, celeriac seems to get a rubbish deal. Admittedly this might have something to do with its availability – such a small seasonal window; and its expense, but,

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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.

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Smoked tomato and char-grilled pepper salsa

For Christmas my partner and I bought ourselves a charcoal barbeque.  After spending a (delightful) afternoon assembling the kitset creation and trying to follow the less-than-helpful instructions, we had worked up quite an appetite. Before the dreaded hungry-anger (hanger) could take hold we got cooking, creating a smokey feast perfect for a kiwi summer!

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Peach and mascarpone gelato

I am a total ice-cream fiend. As a child, I remember begging Mum and Dad for ice-cream after dinner—even if we were too full to finish all our veggies, my brothers and I always protested that we had plenty of room left for ice-cream as it “slips down the sides”!

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Grilled peaches

To me, peaches are synonymous with summer.  If you are lucky enough to be enjoying the end of a Northern hemisphere summer right now, then the late summer harvest of stone fruit is at its sweet best and this recipe is perfect for you.  Warm and spiced, but still light and summery, the addition of a little lemon zest adds a pleasing zing to what is a very simple and easy dessert.

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Riesling syrup cake

We tasted many wines on our team trip into Central Otago.  While the region is best known for its (delicious) pinot noirs, we tasted a couple of delightfully syrupy, aromatic rieslings along the way as well.  They proved the perfect inspiration (along with the stunning scenery) for this syrup-drenched cake.

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Tapioca, caramel and mango pudding

My time in Thailand, although brief changed how I cook and how I eat. Since going there about a year ago I have fully embraced the cuisine which is now a staple of my diet. I vividly remember eating foods for the first time – dragon fruit, steamed broth from a side cart, whole soft shell crab. And first time food experiences – having to hang my drink on a door handle

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Mexican beef and polenta bake

It is starting to get mighty nippy in Dunedin. Although not quite here yet, winter is certainly around the corner and I am all about hearty, warming food right now. This beef and polenta bake is just what I am craving. The polenta topping is deliciously crunchy while the beef sauce is deep and rich in tomato flavour. The fact that it is dripping in cheese doesn’t hurt either.

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