Nigella


An unfortunate childhood, just quite simply because it didn’t fit her, lead Nigella to retreat to books.  She didn’t want to run around.  She hated being told what it was she needed to learn.  Instead she curled up quietly and read.  She read the Brontes, but she equally read Enid Blighton.  Why should you be … Continue reading Nigella

Beer Braised Brisket


  Print Beer Braised Beef Brisket Ingredients 1 kilos beef brisket 3-4cm pieces 1 tbsp peanut oil 3 small garlic cloves finely chopped 2 cm knob of ginger finely chopped 4 tbsp soy bean sauce 1 tbsp gochujang chilli sauce 2 x 300ml bottles of dark lager 1/2 cup beef stock 1 small cinnamon quill … Continue reading Beer Braised Brisket

Kids need to cook


Yesterday’s article in the Herald by Niki Bezzant was, in writing, what I verbalise and hear constantly as I inspire kids and teens in the kitchen.  My holiday cooking programs are filled consistently with children who simply love to cook and are not being given the chance at school.  Many of those who I cook … Continue reading Kids need to cook

Fresh Spring Rolls with Tuna and Baby Rocket


Ingredients 500g fresh tuna chilli flakes vegetable oil 100g baby rocket leaves mint leaves coriander leaves vermicelli, soaked in boiling water, rinsed in cold water square rice paper sheets Method: Heat oil in a heavy based frypan until smoking hot. Roll the tuna fillet in chilli flakes and season with sea salt. Fry the piece … Continue reading Fresh Spring Rolls with Tuna and Baby Rocket

Kumara and Tofu Dumplings


  Kumara and Tofu Dumplings Recipe Type: Starter Cuisine: Asian Author: Vanessa Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 35 mins A delicious Vegetarian dumpling Ingredients I packet of fresh dumplings wrappers 2 kumara, peeled, cubed and roasted with chilli flakes 50g cabbage- finely shredded and chopped 1/2 onion – finely chopped … Continue reading Kumara and Tofu Dumplings

Slow roasted lamb shanks with Indonesian spices


Print Slow roasted lamb shanks with Indonesian spices This came about as I was inspired to recreate a favourite recipe from Java of slow roasted goat. I used beautiful NZ lamb shanks and the result was deliciously moreish Ingredients 2 white onions chopped 6 cloves garlic crushed 10 cloves – whole 15 black peppercorns 1 … Continue reading Slow roasted lamb shanks with Indonesian spices

Its the good fat, avocado!


I love avocados. I remember when I first read that they were actually good for you and you could get away with eating one a day. I was SO excited. I use them instead of butter in a sandwich; mash them on toast with a little lemon and garlic ; and use them as accompaniments … Continue reading Its the good fat, avocado!

NZ Wagyu Beef Skewers with Asian Slaw


Print NZ Wagyu Beef Skewers with Asian Slaw This is a quick, easy and delicious Summer style, BBQ dish that can be whipped up in under 30 minutes Ingredients 500 g NZ Wagyu Beef Rump trimmed and sliced thinly Marinade 2 lemongrass stalks finely chopped or grated 2 cm piece of ginger peeled and finely … Continue reading NZ Wagyu Beef Skewers with Asian Slaw