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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Kimchi

I have been AWOL from Our Kitchen for some months; I was on holiday in September, but I promise this recipe makes up for my absenteeism. I want to talk about kimchi/ kimchee/gimchi (김치) – this traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables is set to trend massively in 2015 and I wanted to be a part of it.

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Rich’s 3 salads

To celebrate the halfway point of my first Dunedin winter, I decided to celebrate with an impromptu team dinner – 3 different salads made up this meal, but each of these could easily be transformed into sides or main dishes on their own.

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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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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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Roasted beetroot and feta salad

I have wanted to post this recipe for about 6 months; but knowing the sweet in savoury theme had been planned, and how well this recipe fits into the theme, I decided to hold out. I’ve made this salad several times in the office, as an accompaniment to some evening meals and it has been a success. I say ‘salad’, I’m not sure the ratio of deliciousness to leaves means it can officially be classed as a salad

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Monkfish Kebabs

These monkfish kebabs are actually my favourite thing to make at the moment. They are divine. We have eaten them several times in the last few weeks as they are just so easy to put together – the monkfish is meaty enough to stay firmly on the kebab too, so you don’t need to worry about it falling off.

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Crumpets

Flashback to 20 or so years ago, and most Sundays we would go to my grandpa’s house and have the most legendary roast dinners – roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, the crispiest, yet fluffiest roast potatoes you could imagine – delicious flavoursome vegetables and gravy…. Don’t get me started on how good the gravy was;

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Campfire potatoes

In more recent times, my husband and I have become campfire experts. Several years ago, prior to marriage and a baby, at the start of our epic journey around the world (which culminated with us living in little old Dunedin) we travelled around Europe and Africa in our campervan for 10 months and for a significant portion of that time, we holed up on the most beautiful piece of land, over looking a tiny beach in rural Portugal.

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Rice, orange & black olive salad

Inspiration for this salad came from a wee gem of a book which I picked up at a book fair several years ago held in a great old hall attached to the Anglican Church down the road from us.   I recall wandering down on a lazy Saturday morning and as I entered into the cavernous space the temperature dropped a few degrees

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