Lamb Shanks

Lamb Shanks

Up until a month ago I have always cooked lamb shanks in my Le Creuset as a braise and have always been happy with the result. The shanks were always dusted with seasoned flour and then browned in oil in … Read more »

Winter Vegetables

Winter Vegetables

Of cabbages and other things…   Alison McKee Winter is a feast for those who like to eat their greens – especially leafy greens melted into hearty soups such as Minestrone. Curly Kale belongs to the Brassica family and is sometimes … Read more »

A Sweet Loaf

A Sweet Loaf

Sweet Loaves – Tammy McLeod In my view, loaves are an under-estimated baked item. Loaves are quick and easy to make, very versatile and the mixture is forgiving – you don’t have to be too gentle when mixing up a … Read more »

Cooking Veal

Cooking Veal

 Alison McKee Veal was not included in my mother’s repertoire of dishes. It must have been widely available, despite it being unheard of in our house, as many early community cookbooks from the first half of the twentieth century and … Read more »

Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup

The past weekend has seen loads of snow falling around the country and although it would sound ridiculous to claim that Auckland was freezing it was certainly cool enough for some good old fashioned comfort food. Vegetable soup is one … Read more »

Boiled Eggs with Soldiers

Boiled Eggs with Soldiers

Boiled Eggs with Soldiers – Alison Mckee Be it fish pie or bread and butter pudding ‘comfort’ or ‘nursery’ food is constantly being reinvented and always fashionable. Soft-boiled or runny ‘Egg and Soldiers’ is just one of those dishes that, … Read more »

Cooks Knives

Cooks Knives

I know being a semi proffessional cook that I should have a good selection of quality knives kept in a good condition but to be honest mine are anything but! Everytime I do a photo shoot my stylist reminds me just how … Read more »

New Zealand Bacon

New Zealand Bacon

Last Friday I flew to Wellington to be a judge at the inaugural Lesnies 100% New Zealand Bacon Competition. The criteria for entry was that the bacon be New Zealand Pork. While this may seem logical unfortunately it did prohibit some of … Read more »

Winter Pudding Recipes

Winter Pudding Recipes

Puddings Back in Style – Tammy McLeodWhen it comes to something sweet to eat after a meal in winter, the word pudding conjures up delicious, hot, tummy filling food. As children we had pudding with dinner most nights – more … Read more »

Kid's Birthday Parties

Kid’s Birthday Parties

Jemima was 5 on Monday and as usual we had a rather large party for her friends, siblings and parents on the Sunday afternoon.  For the first few birthday parties I served loads of sweets and treats and shrugged that … Read more »

Eating Real Food

Eating Real Food

Yesterday I had the privelege of attending a lunch at Soul in Auckland where Michael Pollan was guest speaker.  I have previously read his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma which was incredibly thought provoking and I have just started his latest … Read more »

Cooking Wild Duck

Cooking Wild Duck

While I was sitting back enjoying gorgeous food and wine at Savour New Zealand, Ed was sitting in a maimai aiming a gun at ducks.  I generally pay very little interest in this as the thought of shooting and perhpas … Read more »

Verjuice

Verjuice

Verjuice – Alison McKee Verjuice, the juice of unripe grapes, was first produced in New Zealand in 1997 and is now produced in most winemaking regions prior to the annual harvest. Unlike wine Verjuice is not fermented and therefore contains … Read more »