Tania’s Beef Empanadas

Gerardo is one of our cooktop engineers. Hailing from Argentina, he is now settled in Dunedin with his Kiwi wife Tania and their three boys. Some months back, Gerardo bragged to me about Tania’s empanadas, even suggesting they were as good as his own Mother’s!

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Coriander & ginger chicken sandwiches

Like Joey Tribbiani, I am a huge fan of the humble sandwich and admit to often taking a perfectly good meal and placing it between two slices of bread. I don’t know if it’s the taste or because it’s like eating a little package, or because there is no cutlery, no plates and therefore no dishes! Take some underwhelming foods, put them between slices of soft bread

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Smoked salmon and orange pate

This is my last post for the time being; I have written it in advance, due to the fact that my maternity leave will have started by the time this recipe goes up.

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Petite Croquembouche

At the moment I am really into eating bits and pieces, like little tapas or Japanese style izakaya dishes. There are always two great components to this style of eating – sharing the experience with friends and trying many different flavours.

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Theresa’s tuna empanadas

This post is the last for 2011 and thus I feel it necessary to reflect on the twelve months that have been.  It has been a busy year for us here in the studio in Auckland and all of us have had the satisfaction of seeing some of our designs come to fruition.  One of the highlights of being an industrial designer is witnessing the parts/products we design turn from 3D

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mini sliders

Seems the last word goes to me this year so I would like to start by thanking all our regular readers and all those that have enjoyed looking and trying all the many great recipes we have blogged this year.

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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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Jalapeño, lime and macadamia nut popcorn

On asking the boys in the design studio what their ideal rugby watching snack might be, they replied that it was anything they could eat without having to pull their gaze from the flat screen or remove a hand from their ice-cold beer. This fits the bill perfectly. The combination of jalapeño, lime and macadamia nut makes for an incredibly moreish snack so be prepared

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Celeriac Veloute with truffle foam

I have spoken before about my love of celeriac, but alas, it is a long distance love, due to the expense. Luckily, this little recipe only requires a small amount of this delicious vegetable.

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A little something to start…

What better way to welcome your guests than with carefully assembled, delicate (and delicious) canapés. For our dinner party this month we served up three bite-sized treats to start the evening in the manner in which we intended to carry on.

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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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Baked chicken goujons

What better way to start my first ever guest post off than with a recipe for children’s’ month. My mum used to make these delicious chicken goujons for my sister and I when we were small, and I adapted the recipe and made it my own whilst working in the kitchen of an alpine chalet in France.

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Spicy fresh chorizo

When floating round ideas for this month it was decided someone had to make sausage. It’s the ultimate Kiwi outdoor food and unfortunately not something us Kiwi’s do very well. Although lately there has been a vast improvement in our sausage dabblings we’re still not on par with the likes of Europe.

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