Teriyaki Chicken

This is one of those fantastic go-to recipes, perfect for the holiday season when lazy days are spent at the beach and little energy is left to think about or execute dinner plans! It is very quick and easy to prepare and served with rice and steamed veges makes a healthy meal, an ideal remedy for the inevitable Christmas over-indulgence!

Read More »

Simons slow grilled paprika pork

A few weeks before Christmas a bunch of our Chief Engineers had an off-site day. We got ourselves right out of the office and hired a small community hall out on the nearby peninsula. 

Read More »

Barbecued greek lamb

I have made this recipe a couple of times over the summer break, it always gets a great reception. The lemon and yogurt marinade really plays well against the richness of the lamb, making for a well-balanced dish.

Read More »

Kelvin’s Fiesta Fajitas

Kelvin has the enviable position of being our chief engineer for outdoor cooking, and is so dedicated to the cause he enthusiastically joined Kate and Kurt for some outdoor grilling in the rain! Not only does Kelvin have the technical know-how on all  the bits under the hood of our amazing grills he has also built up quite a repertoire of recipes that have been perfected through trial and error at his holiday home in Bannockburn, Central Otago. 

Read More »

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

Read More »

Pad Thai

I’ve been wanting to post pad Thai for a while but have been a little hesitant as it’s one of those foods that has history, tradition and with it a whole line of followers. It’s a bit of an institution and those who are true devotees are pretty staunch in their belief that you just don’t mess with pad Thai

Read More »

Tacos two ways

The taco has to be the ultimate in street food.  A little flavour bomb that conveniently fits in the palm of one hand – fresh, hot, spicy, satisfying – and still leaves a hand free for a cold beer, or wild gesticulation, whilst swapping tall stories on a night out.

Read More »

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,

Read More »

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

Read More »

Stir-fried beef with tropical fruit

Amie’s first recipe contribution was her Dad’s steamed pork and now she brings another delicious Chinese recipe. This recipe is a beautiful example of the compatibility of salty, succulent beef with sweet delicate fruit

Read More »

venison with red wine chocolate sauce

This is a really simple recipe that doesn’t take a lot of time but you can plate it up and impress your guests with the intriguing combination of sweet and savoury. You are essentially deglazing the pan with red wine and port as you would to make a jus, but the addition of a sprinkling of deep, dark, grated chocolate really adds another dimension to the dish.

Read More »

Venison hot dogs

My husband has become a deer hunter and I’m not completely sure how I feel about it. Call me a hypocrite as although I don’t like the thought of a target over poor Bambi’s head, I love to eat its meat. Having a reputation as being strong and gamey

Read More »

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

Read More »