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

Grilled Fish for the Family Table


I love simplicity and this recipe oozes simple for the family table. You can use any variety of fish – so it covers all seasons and countries. This reminds me of an Italian meal.  It’s all about the fish and it’s flavour. You can use one type or several types of fish in one time.  This … Continue reading Grilled Fish for the Family Table

Let’s talk Turkey


  The day before process 200g butter, 2 garlic cloves and a handful of thyme, parsley, sage and rosemary in a food processor and season with sea salt and pepper. Rub under the turkey skin, all over the breast meat. Store the turkey in the fridge. Rule of Thumb – roast the turkey 20 mins … Continue reading Let’s talk Turkey

Christmas Ham – the low down


Having had a query on what to do with ham – I really need to let you in on a little secret – since my amazing Irish friend Ger, first introduced me to ham baked in Coke, I have never gone back. I truly thought it would be disgusting. I personally refuse to drink Coke … Continue reading Christmas Ham – the low down

Getting the family cooking pizza


Everyone knows when it’s pizza night in our house that they will be expected to get involved. This is a family occasion – the chance to have lots of little Chef like bowls lined up with all the favourite toppings prepped and ready for sprinkling. Everyone has a chance to make a pizza – you … Continue reading Getting the family cooking pizza

Slow roasted lamb shanks with Indonesian spices


Slow roasted lamb shanks with Indonesian spices Recipe Type: Mains Cuisine: Indonesian Author: Vanessa Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 4 hours 20 mins Total time: 4 hours 40 mins Serves: 4-6 serves This came about as I was inspired to recreate a favourite recipe from Java of slow roasted goat. I used beautiful NZ … Continue reading Slow roasted lamb shanks with Indonesian spices

Spinach Pie


Print Spinach Pie This was produced to feed the family with as little effort as possible – and boy not only did it feed them – it brought rapturous response! Ingredients Ingredients 2 Tbs olive oil 1 red onion finely sliced 1 brown onion finely sliced 250 g back bacon chopped 1 bunch flat leaf … Continue reading Spinach Pie

Soy Ginger Rack of NZ Lamb


Recipe Type: Mains Cuisine: Modern Author: Vanessa A take on the original Asian marinade I tried for NZ MasterChef 2014. Served with a coriander and Mint dressing. Ingredients Marinade 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup mirin 1/2 cup soy sauce 3 cm piece ginger, peeled and grated 2 Tbs tomato passata 1/4 cup chopped garlic … Continue reading Soy Ginger Rack of NZ Lamb