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15 February, 2013

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
Posted in : Seafood on by : admin

Last weekend was the Marlbrough Wine & Food Festival, this year there was a greater focus on food with a Culinary Pavilion, part of which was cooking demos.  The first one we saw was the three Masterchef winners: Brett McGregor, Nadia Lim, and Chelsea Winter making recipes from Regal Salmon.  They all looked and smelt
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7 February, 2013

Fresh Salmon on the BBQ

Fresh Salmon on the BBQ
Posted in : BBQ, Seafood on by : admin

One of the advantages of living in Marlborough is the beautiful fresh salmon that is so easily accessible.  Our local butcher had fresh salmon in last week so I picked up a beautiful piece for dinner. First I marinated it in: 50ml local olive oil 50ml verjuice 2 cloves local garlic, crushed 1 tsp dried basil
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4 February, 2013

Guest Blog, by The Sous Chef: Venison Burgers

Guest Blog, by The Sous Chef: Venison Burgers
Posted in : BBQ, Burgers, Venison on by : admin

A typical sunny Marlborough day, perfect for a BBQ. Local supplier Premium Game do wonderful wild vennison patties, just needing some equally good ingredients to do them justice. On to a pre-heated BBQ plate go the patties, with chopped shallots and mushrooms (unfortunately we don’t have anyof our own mushrooms at the moment), local free range eggs, and halved capsicums on
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1 February, 2013

BBQ Smoked Cajun Chicken

BBQ Smoked Cajun Chicken
Posted in : BBQ, Chicken on by : admin

I was given some smoking boards as a gift, to be used on the BBQ – soak them and then put under the lid of the BBQ with your food to create a delicate smoked flavour.  Our favourite way to do this is with free-range chicken legs. First soak the board – I usually used
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18 January, 2013

Quick Friday Night Dinner

Quick Friday Night Dinner
Posted in : Salads, Venison on by : admin

Okay, so it sounds flash and expensive, but it isn’t really…and it is also easy.  One of our favourite summer salad dinners is Venison and Mango Salad, based on Annabel Langbein’s recipe. First job is to make the venison marinade and the dressing, I have been using a strawberry, honey and balsamic vinegar instead of
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9 January, 2013

Tiramisu

Tiramisu
Posted in : Desserts on by : admin

I got some new individual dessert bowls for Christmas, perfect for tiramisu. I used my own version of the recipe found in The Silver Spoon book: 2 egg whites 4 egg yolks 150gm icing sugar 400gm mascarpone 200gm trifle sponge cut into fingers 175ml strong coffee approximately 100ml Galliano dark chocolate for grating   First
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31 December, 2012

Christmas Desserts

Christmas Desserts
Posted in : Christmas, Desserts, Fruit on by : admin

We had a quiet Christmas at home, just the two of us.  But that is no reason to not make the usual Christmas desserts! First was the trifle, a traditional sherry trifle – but in my new bowl this year.  The secret to a good trifle is to start it early, so on Sunday afternoon The
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2 December, 2012

Raspberries

Raspberries
Posted in : Fruit, Gardening on by : admin

The raspberry bushes in my garden have started to fruit, abundantly!  Every couple of days we’re going out and picking a container full – and they are good too.  I’m loving having fresh raspberries from my garden on my cereal each morning.

22 May, 2012

Tangine

Tangine
Posted in : Chicken on by : admin

For my birthday my brother gave me a gift voucher which I used to purchase a tangine.  It’s getting cooler now so a great time to use it.  A couple of months ago I made some Preserved Lemons, using salt to preserve them over a period of a month.  They look and smell amazing, but
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