Hand-cut oven chips

I’ve yet to meet a potato I haven’t liked. Agria, Yukon, Desiree, Nadine, Rua, Red Rascall, I love them all. Boiled, mashed, piled atop a Sheppard’s pie, in salads or particularly deep-fried. Potatoes, salt, oil, it never ceases to amaze me how three simple ingredients can produce so much joy!

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Salted Almond and Orange Blossom Water Meringues

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.

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Pierogies

­­Jordan is the new kid on the block here in the Dunedin Industrial Design team.  Having spent the last couple of years travelling he has returned to New Zealand to learn the ropes on cooking products. “Visiting my Babcia could almost be completely described through taste and smell.

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Cherry vanilla tarte tartin

Almost two years ago now my friends and I took advantage of an invitation to a wedding, held the bottom of the south island, to pack our bags, load the cars and set off on a road trip to explore the beauty that lies at our doorstep.  I had slept very little the night before, returning late from Christmas celebrations and rising early to bake savoury scones

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Mini beef Wellington rolls

We kiwis love ourselves a good sausage roll.  For those unacquainted with the sausage roll, it is quite simply sausage meat wrapped in flaky pastry.  For decades they have been consumed,  dripping in bright red tomato sauce at little kid’s birthday parties and purchased by big kids from petrol stations with their brother – the mince pie

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Cola Syrup

Less sweet and more spiced than commercial cola, there is real depth to the flavour of this syrup – it makes the perfect base for a mocktail. Pour over crushed ice, add a couple of very finely sliced rounds of fresh orange and lemon, and top with soda water (novelty umbrella optional).

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Chocolate Stout Cake

There has been quite a buzz around beer in the office lately, but being seven months pregnant, I decided that it was only fair that I should be allowed to get in on the action even if it meant putting the beer in a cake!

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Bring back the cheese log

We put on morning teas of epic proportions to celebrate birthdays, engagements, up and coming births and the occasional sad farewell.   It’s always a special celebration when Nicola brings in her famous cheese log

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Blini with Dill crème fraiche

My first encounter with these bite-sized pillow-y morsels dates back prior to the turn of this brand new century.  To an afternoon in early autumn in a suburb on the outskirts of Paris named Fontenay Sous Bois.  It was a Friday or Saturday, the afternoon light long and low

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Chinese tea eggs

At 6am in the morning in the month of May here at the bottom of the world it is pitch black.  And cold.  Our houses aren’t built for winter and as I lay in bed contemplating the day before me, great billows of condensed air form in the darkness around me.  When finally I muster the courage to peel back the sheets, I dress at great speed in an attempt to keep out the cold.

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Mushroom, chilli and cabbage dumplings in broth

Dumplings: steamed, poached, pan or deep fried, I love them all equally and without exception. I admit, they can be a little fiddly, even arduous to prepare, but once the filling is made you simply need to gather up a few willing participants to assist with assembly.

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