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27 June, 2016

Waffles

Waffles
Posted in : Breakfast, Fruit on by : admin

For my Birthday I got a waffle maker, and I love it even more than I thought I would! I found a great recipe in one of my Jamie Magazines, easy to make and done with things I have in the cupboard/fridge all the time. And I serve with grilled bacon, mascarpone, and fresh fruit.
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29 March, 2016

Quick Easter Dessert

Quick Easter Dessert
Posted in : Desserts, Easter on by : admin

After our Mrs McGregor’s Pie this Easter, I made a quick dessert – well I had a bit of help! The Sous Chef cut a dark chocolate Easter egg in half with a hot knife. Then we scooped in ice cream (beautiful Lewis Road Creamery icecream), then added a mini chocolate bunny on top. Quick,
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1 February, 2016

Cooking a Perfect Steak

Cooking a Perfect Steak
Posted in : Beef, Tutorial on by : admin

We love steak, and once you learn to cook it properly it is a quick, easy and tasty meal. I buy eye fillet, and ask the butcher to cut it extra thick for us! The first step to a perfect steak is a skillet, heated up very hot; then place the steaks on – you
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5 November, 2015

New Spice Racks

New Spice Racks
Posted in : Kitchenalia on by : admin

I’ve been getting more and more frustrated with my spice storage – I have previously had the Masterfoods jars in racks on the inside of my walk-in pantry door, but when we moved we left all the shelves behind so the jars have been in a tray – which is nice and tidy, but not
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17 July, 2015

Fresh Crayfish

Fresh Crayfish
Posted in : Seafood on by : admin

We had a week away in Akaroa recently, and enjoyed trying the cafes and restaurants there. On the way home we decided to stop at Nin’s Bin on the Kaikoura Coast, selling freshly caught crayfish. We chose a cold cooked cray that had been caught and cooked that day. Once home, I got some de
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18 March, 2015

St Patricks Day 2015

St Patricks Day 2015
Posted in : Baking, Desserts, Lamb on by : admin

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh! (Irish for: “Happy St Patrick’s Day to you”.) With some Irish in my blood (on both sides of my family!), I decided it would be fun to make some themed food this year – any excuse for food! I had some lamb in the fridge that was perfect for an
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26 January, 2015

Forbidden Rice Salad

Forbidden Rice Salad
Posted in : BBQ, Lamb, Salads on by : admin

Any dishes you can do on the BBQ and serve with a cold salad is perfect for these long hot summer days.  I got Chelsea Winter‘s Everyday Delicious recipe book for Christmas, and she has a great recipe for Lamb Koftas, these are really good served with my Forbidden Rice Salad. Forbidden Rice is also
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8 January, 2015

French Toast

French Toast
Posted in : Bacon, Breakfast, Desserts, Fruit on by : admin

French Toast is one of my favourite brunches, served with bacon, blueberries and mascarpone – yummy! And so easy to make too. French Toast with Bacon, Blueberries and Mascarpone Serves 2 Ciabatta loaf, sliced (or another firm dense bread) 3 Free Range Eggs 1/4 cup milk 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 3/4
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17 December, 2014

Dark Chocolate Pavlova

Dark Chocolate Pavlova
Posted in : Baking, Christmas, Desserts, Fruit on by : admin

  Over the next week or so I’ll be documenting our Christmas Food Traditions, and I’m starting today with Pavlova.  A few years ago I discovered the joy of mini pavlovas – they store in an airtight container at room temperature rather than taking up space in the fridge, and each one can have added
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7 September, 2014

Toasted Muesli

Toasted Muesli
Posted in : Breakfast, Fruit on by : admin

I have started making our own museli – it is so tasty, and nice to know what I’m putting in as well.  I use Jamie Oliver’s Granola from Ministry of Food recipe, making small tweaks to make it my own. I start with four kinds of nuts: walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and brazil nuts; 75gm of
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