Harissa Lamb Racks with Pearl Couscous

Tomorrow is Waitangi Day which is a public holiday in New Zealand held on February 6 to commemorate the signing of our founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi….it is also a great excuse to get together with friends & family to break bread. Although it’s been many years since I lived in New Zealand, I … Continue reading

Clams in Crazy Water

    Crazy water or Acqua pazza is an Italian term for the poaching of fish and seafood in a light broth….I always thought it referred to the spice of the chilli but there you go! Apparently the fisherman of the Neapolitan area used to poach their catch using a splash of water from the … Continue reading

Moroccan Butterflied Chicken

I love a good free range, succulent, crispy chook. I don’t so much like the carving part so I’ve been doing some investigating *googling* and I’ve managed to teach myself how to debone a chicken. Why would I want to do that you ask? Well, the husband, every now and then, likes to display his … Continue reading

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Now don’t let this post fool you…I’m not a firm believer that carbs/grains/whatever are the enemy and should never pass the lips, it’s just that sometimes I like to get some extra serves of vegetables into my day and substituting rice with cauliflower is an easy way to up the intake and lighten the load. … Continue reading

Crispy Skinned Barramundi with Orange Braised Fennel

If you have guests coming for lunch or dinner over the silly season, and honestly who doesn’t?, this is a quick and easy dish that looks a bit fancy pants but won’t have you spending hours in the kitchen when you could be celebrating with friends and family. It gives you two good servings of … Continue reading

Fish with Lemon Caper Butter & Zucchini Cakes

    I’ve had a special request for a recipe from our Game of Thrones dinner party…..it has taken me some time to comply, but here it is wrapped up in a whole new main meal! I made zucchini cakes to give a lighter alternative side dish to go with a gorgeous eye fillet of … Continue reading

Garlic prawn pizza

Garlic Seafood Pizza

Happy pizza day! Once you get in the habit of making your own pizza dough you will never again buy those store bought ones. These are thin and crispy and taste utterly delicious. No comparison at all. It may seem a bit time consuming but really it’s just waiting time for the dough to prove, … Continue reading

Broccoli, Silver Beet & Feta with Brown Rice

I like to do a big batch cook off on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead. No excuses for bad choices if I have a whole heap of good ones already made in my fridge just waiting to jump into my belly. I can’t claim the origins of this recipe….Aunty Kathy had been staying … Continue reading

Shakshuka

I learned how to make this dish when it was the Italian version “Eggs in Purgatory” which is a fantastic title. This version has a middle eastern bent with the flavours of the cumin and paprika and the kick of the harissa paste. It also has the added bonus of  having another fabulous title, “Shakshuka!” I don’t … Continue reading

Salmon & Leek Spaghetti with Spinach and Capers

I may have to renounce any claim I have to Kiwiness with this statement, but I’m not a fan of sauvignon blanc. I know, it’s almost the national drink of my home country..at the very least, it is a drink that New Zealanders make particularly well….and I can’t stand it. For some reason, perhaps my … Continue reading

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