Relish

  Just in time for summer cooking and perhaps some Christmas gift making, Rowan Bishop has released her delightful book Relish, Fine Chutneys, Pickles & More. With the rise in temperatures and longer daylight hours, barbecues and summer don’t seem … Read more »

Chocolate Coffee Cake – Food Opera

  Vanessa and Ingrid Opera are the sisters behind kiwi food blog, FoodOpera. They are usually cooking off against each other each week but this Wednesday night they will appear with Mike Van de Elzen (The Food Truck) in his … Read more »

How to Make Really Good Hummus

Years ago, long before our supermarket chillers were packed with processed dips and at a time when my favourite cookbooks were Moosewood and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, I started a love affair with hummus.

Cooking Rice

Some years ago a friend taught me to steam rice using the finger joint method and it has worked for me faultlessly ever since.  

Choosing the right Flour

Choices are of course great but increasingly we are confronted with so many product choices that a simple trip to the supermarket can be highly confusing.

Buying Meat Direct

Andrew van Bunnik Buying beef direct from the farm is more common than many people think. With the high quality and good value beef available plus interest in buying local, even more people are considering buying direct from the farm. 

Brinjal (eggplant) chutney

When I had  four littlies and was working from home, I spent at least 3-4 months a year making chutneys, pickles and relishes. This became something of an institution in our house, because I realised I could transform anything, from … Read more »

Gran's Sweet Pantry

Gran’s Sweet Pantry

To Natalie Oldfield, her Gran’s (Dulcie May) sweet pantry ‘was nothing less than spectacular and like nothing else I have seen since’.

Everlasting Feast

Everlasting Feast

So much more than a cookbook, Lauraine Jacobs Everlasting Feast is her story but also our story of food through the years in NZ. Remember back to spiders as children, homemade trifle and really good bacon and egg pie? Lauraine’s … Read more »

Cook, Eat, Enjoy - Nici Wickes

Cook, Eat, Enjoy – Nici Wickes

  Nici Wickes has a life that most of us who love food and travel can only dream of, travelling the world exploring cultures and cuisines for her popular television series World Kitchen. With all this travel, cooking and eating, … Read more »

Parmesan custard and anchovy toasts

Parmesan custard and anchovy toasts

Parmesan custard? Anchovy toast? I know this sounds strange. But trust me this is a stunning starter for a fancy dinner. And better yet, it’s pretty simple. You can prepare the custard mixture  and the toast filling earlier, pop the … Read more »

This Kitchen is Smoking!

This Kitchen is Smoking!

This kitchen is smoking!   Working towards this new book is consuming my life! I either forget to take photos of whatever I’ve concocted, or I have no time to deal to this blog as I’m too busy writing up … Read more »

The thing about salads. ..farro and quinoa

The thing about salads. ..farro and quinoa

It’s been such an amazing, never ending summer this year that salads are even more of a feature in our family  meals than usual; so versatile, and only limited by your imagination – a far cry from when a salad … Read more »