Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce & slaw

This recipe was a collective labour of love.  Very appropriate given that the people cooking it, that very morning were just newly engaged!  This groom-to-be proposed to his Aussie belle, then leap from bed in search of a good solid shoulder of pork like the good hunter-gatherer that he is.  Next thing we know he’s rapping on our door at 8.30am armed with pork, spices, a BBQ, some wood chips and a very fresh fiancé!  Naturally congratulations ensued and subsequently the BBQ

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Easy Smoked BBQ Brisket

This recipe came from a recent obsession with Southern US barbecue. I’ve written before about the pseudo meat-monks that will religiously tend a fire from dawn till dusk. This recipe recreates that flavour with a style of worship that is much more hands off. An overnight spice rub and a two hour smoke creates a beautiful exterior and it is finished in the oven, low and slow, for much easier temperature control.

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Courgette, ricotta and nutmeg pizza

A light, summery pizza, perfect fresh from the oven or off the grill. Use this dough recipe for the ultimate pizza crust. Definitely worth the effort of making your own! Shave ribbons of courgette, toss with olive oil and pile high for maximum deliciousness.

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Bossam (Korean Pork Belly)

This recipe is an accompaniment to the kimchi I made last month. Bossam, is a Korean dish, made from pork belly, which, as I mentioned in my previous post, at the moment it is pretty much all I want to eat.

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Poutine

As my seemingly endless journey of recreating and reinterpreting cuisine from others countries continues, I thought it was time I set my sites on the Canadian east coast and its great tradition of French inspired dishes.  

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Walnut and Mint Linguine

While travelling around Southern Italy earlier this year, I reconnected with many things – the sun (we had a particularly average summer in Dunedin this year), reading books (made from paper! With wine in one hand, feet up – time to relax!), incredible architecture and design, and….pasta!

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Roasted Fennel and Currants with Honey

Inevitably everyone has one of those days where life just gives you a pummelling.  The ‘food hug’ is a personal go-to flavour that lets you take a small win during stressful times.  For many it’s something sweet; a piece of chocolate or cake.  For me, its anise or something sharp and bitter.

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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.

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Courgette (zucchini), lemon and feta salad

I am all about raw food at the moment. I have recently decided to try and seriously reduce the amount of sugar going into my diet. Come mid-morning you are now more likely to see me snacking on raw carrots and broccoli, whilst sipping water or a green tea, which is a far cry from my snacks prior to Christmas (Coca-Cola and some chocolate anyone?)

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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, nuts and vegetables and they way in which they marry with each other,

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