One Pot Creations

One Pot Creations

Michal Haines I wonder if the French hated washing the dishes so much that they created the cassoulet. I think maybe in Toulouse, the renown “Capital of Cassoulet” a couple’s argument over who would do the dishes went that little … Read more »

A Very Special Blossom

A Very Special Blossom

  Virgil Evetts  Back in the good old days of the 90′s, when most television was still scripted and mercifully free of Ryan Seacrest, Sharron Osborne and ball-room dancing,  the phrase ‘a very special Blossom…’  was  tongue-in-cheek industry jargon, used … Read more »

Making Stock -Virgil

Making Stock -Virgil

Time to take stock This was supposed to be an article about soup. I certainly started off with soup in mind, but the words have a mind of their own sometimes and seem to have veered off on more of … Read more »

Cooking with Persimmon

Cooking with Persimmon

Autumn Eating – Cooking with Persimmon Michal Haines  First Cultivated way back in the eighth century by the Japanese, the persimmon had long been an autumnal delight in China. Resembling a glowing lantern, the leaves of the persimmon mimics its … Read more »

Your Recipe Requests

Your Recipe Requests

Readers Recipe Requests Often we go to a Cafe or Restaurant and taste something positively delicious that we would like to make at home. If you have a recipe request that you would like then email me helen@foodlovers.co.nz with as much … Read more »

Shall or Shallot - Virgil

Shall or Shallot – Virgil

Shall or Shallot  Virgil Evetts Where would we be without onions? This great and pungent clan of edible lilies is the back bone of practically every great cuisine. Just try to imagine a world without garlic, onions, leeks, spring onions … Read more »

The Way of the Sausage

The Way of the Sausage

The way of the sausage I seem to be a man of increasingly simple tastes. I’ve been in ecstasies lately over the humble sausage. I suppose if I’m honest the sausages I eat aren’t all that humble, but the ways … Read more »

Pumpkin and Squash

Pumpkin and Squash

a>Autumn Eating Pumpkin and Squash   Magical jack-o-lanterns, coaches for princesses to be and perches for goblins-the pumpkin is much like the mushroom in the way that they have a fairy tale air about them. These New World natives must … Read more »

Fig-ure it out - Virgil

Fig-ure it out – Virgil

Fig-ure it out Virgil Evetts Supermarkets and high street fruiters like to perpetuate a myth that all the best fruit comes out in summer.  But we know better.  Those of us who truly live by our stomachs and taste buds … Read more »

Autumn Mushrooms

Autumn Mushrooms

Land of the Gnomes-Autumn Mushrooms Michal Haines  The mushroom is an odd affair. Neither fruit nor vegetable, they shy away from the light only to make an appearance when the exact moisture and temperature levels are to their liking. With … Read more »

The great Caper caper

The great Caper caper

The great Caper caper Virgil Evetts This isn’t going to be one of my usual wide swaths of cynicism columns, nor will it be a list of hot and not. This week, I’m dedicating my lines to just one topic … Read more »

Vanilla - the King of Spices

Vanilla – the King of Spices

  The King of Spices-Vanilla Michal Haines  Maybe it should be known as the Queen of Spices, but the little trick vanilla played on its own species is wonderfully elegant.  Part of the largest group of flowering plants in the world, … Read more »

Marcel's Hotcakes & Crepes

Marcel’s Hotcakes & Crepes

Marcel’s Hotcakes & Crepes They look delicious, where can I buy them?   Van Dyck pre-cooked crepes and hotcakes are available nationwide, but depending where you live and what supermarket you shop at, they will either be in a Marcel’s … Read more »