For Christmas my partner and I bought ourselves a charcoal barbeque. After spending a (delightful) afternoon assembling the kitset creation and trying to follow the less-than-helpful instructions, we had worked up quite an appetite. Before the dreaded hungry-anger (hanger) could take hold we got cooking, creating a smokey feast perfect for a kiwi summer!
I made this salad on Christmas day to serve alongside a barbequed rack of lamb and – excuse me while I pat myself on the back – it was good! Fresh, sweet, salty, tart, it combines some great seasonal produce with the fabulous, fry-able Haloumi cheese. It even looks festive – the bright, pinky-red pomegranate seeds are like little jewels sprinkled through the deep green bed of rocket.
Cheese rolls are something of a southern New Zealand delicacy. Chances are, if you grew up in Canterbury, Otago or Southland, you have spent time rolling these tasty morsels for family dinners, school lunches or a fundraising event. Many a South Island community cookbook features the local take on this old classic.
I remember a few years ago when I was working as a chef, there was a dry spell in the availability of puy lentils – I can’t remember what caused it but it seemed to cause quite a stir amongst our restaurant community. I admit that I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about, but recently I have been using lentils a lot, particularly the puy variety. You see, I have been eating a lot less meat
Looking around for inspiration for our Easter recipes we noticed that for many, Easter is a time layered deeply in tradition and festivity and for others, it can be very relaxing. Easter weekend for me is at home or at the family beach and rather than an elaborate dinner, it is a casual brunch.
Admittedly, making ravioli requires time, and a considerable amount of it at that. Don’t let this put you off. The process is not only rewarding, but meditative as well. Working the pasta through each of the settings on your pasta machine until it is silky smooth allows plenty of time for reflection and soul-searching,
Christmas is officially a week away and I am a little nervous.
End-of-year catch-ups and a few work functions have occupied my weeknights. Last year I was preserving tomato chutney, making molasses and caramel chocolates and sewing handmade
Side dishes on Christmas day are crucial. Ours usually consist of salads and new season Oamaru potatoes but this year I will do something a little more traditional. Tradition doesn’t have to be boring; layering flavours onto simple, fresh vegetables is anything but. If you are using fresh produce, it’s important not to
This recipe was originally developed for one of our premium built-in ovens and has become something of a classic down here in Dunedin. I think half the office would have it in their repertoires! I have been known to work my way through a whole one myself over a Sunday afternoon lounging around reading the newspaper—it’s just so more-ish.
- Whittaker's Chocolate
- spelt flour
- rye flour
- Rice & Grains
- Pulses & Legumes
- Pasta & Noodles
- Nuts & Seeds
- ice cream
- Green tomatoes
- full cream milk
- Fish & Seafood
- Dutch process cocoa