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Chilli Jam


Print Chilli Jam I make chilli jam often. I always make it a little differently than the time before so it is hard to write a ‘true’ recipe. I was initially inspired by Christine Manfield’s recipe which I used to follow to the letter when I would cook up huge batches in Indonesia. My maid … Continue reading Chilli Jam

Life is what you bake it!


I had an enquiry from a lovely listener and follower around baking this week.  Her worry was around the number of recipes she kept hoping to try and the amount of sugar contained in them.  I thought it might be helpful to answer a few of her queries and comments via a blog post. I … Continue reading Life is what you bake it!

Story Telling with Food


I am totally amazed when I meet others who are so like me.  There are of course always differences. Differences in what we have achieved, or how our journey has come about, or where we have taken our passion. Yet, before I started interviewing Foodies for my podcast, I really didn’t imagine that I would … Continue reading Story Telling with Food

Play with Food


In the NZ Herald on the weekend there was an article based on research from the UK.  Without a doubt, as I read the report, I realised the study had had a rather small group of pre-schoolers to analyse – however, the premise that allowing kids to play with their food can result in them eating more … Continue reading Play with Food

Funky “Courgette” Fritters


Print courgette fritters Simplicity in a fritter – for breakfast, lunch, after-school or even into the lunchbox! Ingredients 1 Tb olive oil 1 shallot finely diced 1 courgette coarsely grated 1 egg 2 Tb flour sea salt fresh herbs Instructions Heat the oil in a non stick pan. Add the shallot and cook to soften … Continue reading Funky “Courgette” Fritters

Banana and Pistachio Cake


  Print Banana Pistachio Cake A moist and delicious banana, date and pistachio cake topped with honey and cacao icing. Ingredients 175 g unsalted butter cubed 200 g plain flour 4 tsp baking powder 100 g muscovado sugar 2 eggs 3 tbs honey 250 g mashed banana 100 g pitted dates chopped 50 g pistachio … Continue reading Banana and Pistachio Cake

Feeding Healthy Teens


Here in NZ it is that time following a long holiday where kids are back to school again.  If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and the kids are into a later school term then you can still read on because even with Christmas I would imagine that routlines have been pretty relaxed for a few … Continue reading Feeding Healthy Teens

Broccoli and Leek Soup


Print Broccoli and Leek Soup This is a deliciously creamy and healthy soup – all about the broccoli. You would think it was decadent, yet the creaminess comes from the slow cooking of the leeks and broccoli stalks – you couldn’t get more REAL than this soup Ingredients 1 large leek halved vertically and thinly … Continue reading Broccoli and Leek Soup

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