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Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

There is a little sports event going on here in NZ, Rugby World Cup fever has been taking over the last few weeks.  And what a show NZ is putting on.  The whole country, from tip to toe, has been getting in to it.  All over town houses are decked in flags and bunting and []

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Supper Club #6

Very, very late in getting this one up, it is almost time for the next one.  Supper Club # 6 and the venue Ms Teresa’s new pad, and lovely it all was too. To get things started a vibrant Pea Pesto, such a beautiful colour and the sweetness of the peas against the crunch of []

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Chilli Cashew Beef with Broccolini & Green Beans

Sometimes you arrive home, it’s been a long and stressful day, your energy evaporated sometime mid afternoon and you would just like dinner to miraculously appear as if by magic, but it doesn’t.   I find then that it is easy to resort to something on toast.  Cheese, scrambled eggs or peanut butter (it has []

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Heston\’s Rich Chilli Con Carne with Spiced Butter Nachos

  I’ve been watching How to Cook Heston. His take on cooking the perfect eggs, chocolate, roast chicken & beef.   For steak leave it uncovered in the fridge over night.  And you know how you’ve always been told to turn steak only once?  Think again, Heston turns his every 15-20 seconds for for []

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Supper Club #5

A little belated in getting this one up.  Another fun filled Supper Club with delicious food and exceptional company.  Thanks Steph for a beautiful meal and Supper Club girls for fun! To kick things off Polpettine.  Tasty little Sicilian Meatballs by way of Annabel Langbein.  For those of you not in n NZ you should []

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Chicken Curry

This was meant to be somewhat different, but it all came down to what was in the pantry and fridge, rather then what I thought was in there.  It was going to be an authentic Lahori Chicken Curry that I found on Leite’s Culinaria.  It appealed as it made think me of Hilda.  Hilda was []

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Chicken, Fennel & Orange Casserole

The cold snap has hit, along with the worst storms in decades. Hail, torrential rain, floods, landslides, snow, the loudest thunder I have ever heard & power cuts have battered most of the country this past week.  Yes mother nature & the old weather have made quite a week of it in New Zealand. We []

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Beef Bourguignon

With Winter on the way I always have the urge to stock the freezers with soups and casseroles and all manner of comfort foods.  One of my favourites is beef bourguingon.  Tender beef, button mushrooms, baby onions slowly simmered in red wine.  The beef meltingly tender, meaty earthiness from the mushrooms, sweetness from the onions []

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Massaman Curry

Last weekend with an extra long weekend due to Waitangi Day & a day off I had time to spend in the kitchen & that coincided nicely with the overwhelming urge to make curry from scratch.  There is something so satisfying about chopping, toasting & pounding out your own curry paste. I find it relaxing. []

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A side of onion rings with your burger? Yes Please

Summer seems not quite ready to make an ongoing appearance this year, we have had little snippets but she just does not seem to want to hang around for any length of time.  Strange weather indeed.  The intermittent summer, however does not put a stop to firing up the BBQ. Post holidays full of good []

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Vietnamese Beef & Noodle Salad

It is officially Autumn here in New Zealand now & it’s like the weather knew straight away too. The first week of March temperatures dropped & we had a few chilly southerlies to deal with too.  Thankfully this weekend we are back to sunshine & balmy temperatures.  This is the time of year when we []

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Curried Beef Stew

I am a list person. List for everything, shopping, books to read, movies to see, an ever growing list of must have cook books, new places to try for Friday breakfasts, to do lists.you name it I probably have a list for it and now all easily accessible on my iPhone, certainly easier than numerous []

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Chicken with Honey Thyme & Haloumi

Home last weekend, a little tired after a long week & wanting something light & tasty & full of flavour for dinner, but not really having the inclination or energy for too much effort, I turned to Donna Hay the doyenne of fast, fresh & simple to give some speedy inspiration for dinner. It’s Spring []

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Chipotle Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing and Celery

Every year we have our annual street mid winter Christmas party.  It allows us in the Southern Hemisphere to celebrate Christmas the more traditional when it’s a little chillier and the nights are darker.  For us it has become a tradition to have a progressive dinner at a few of the neighbours houses, one for []

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Grilled Chicken with Cherry Tomato & Basil Salsa

Well the new year has got off to a great start.  The weather here in NZ has just been glorious so I have been making the most of it with some early morning walks.  I am very lucky to have Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill on my doorstep. That and my fit flopsseriously they []

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