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

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

Ouef en Cocotte


We love these baked eggs in our home.  It is a wonderful way to feed a crowd for breakfast or brunch also as all the eggs can be cooked at once and served up in little individual pots.  Teenagers love this! Print Ouef en Cocotte Deliciously mourish eggs baked in a ramekin Ingredients 150 g … Continue reading Ouef en Cocotte

ANZAC inspired Feijoa Cheesecake


I decided that I wanted to create a special dish for ANZAC day that had the ‘idea’ of an ANZAC cookie (ie.oats) but had a little more Kiwi seasonality to it.  3 bags of feijoas from the market gave me the impetus to come up with something that had feijoa and apple included.  The kids … Continue reading ANZAC inspired Feijoa Cheesecake

Amore – the Italian way


Today was awesome. For me there is something so emotionally heartwarming when an Italian thinks that I am also Italian. I have felt like this since I was a Uni student and worked in Sassi’s Italian bistro in Carlton, Melbourne. It possibly at that time had more to do with his swarthy son who I … Continue reading Amore – the Italian way

Vietnamese Spring Rolls


I had to take a hiatus from making Vietnamese Spring Rolls after the epic thousands I made along with the students from KOTO charity when they were here to cook at the Taste of Auckland last year. But, as I am travelling New Zealand this year (2016) =and creating a Vietnamese degustation dinner in each … Continue reading Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Healthy Happy Year


Happy New Year! With the start of every New Year we read about the chance to start afresh, to try to resist the urge to move forward as you have been, but instead to make pledges about the positive changes we should make and personal promises we should keep. I have never actually bought into … Continue reading Healthy Happy Year

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

sweet, crumbly, mince pies


I love mince pies. They totally reminded me of my Mum’s house at Christmas time. She wouldn’t dream of buying them and makes her own gorgeous crumbly short crust pastry. They may not look perfect, and I am glad about that – because they look homemade and sure taste better for it. What I hate … Continue reading sweet, crumbly, mince pies