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

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!!       Ouef en Cocotte Recipe Type: Breakfast Cuisine: International Author: Vanessa Prep … Continue reading Ouef en Cocotte

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

Exhilaration and Exhaustion – same same but different!


  I am exhausted. There, I said it. I have been running on a fresh air drug of adrenaline it seems. I wondered when I would finally wake up shattered – and today is the day. Yet, I look back on the last week and I wouldn’t have changed it. Not one bit. I have had … Continue reading Exhilaration and Exhaustion – same same but different!

Asian style Seared Beef ‘Carpaccio’


Print Vietnamese Beef Carpaccio Ingredients 2 limes 1 tsp white sugar 3- cm piece of lemon grass bruised, peeled and finely sliced 1 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger 1 clove garlic peeled and finely chopped 1 small green chilli deseeded and finely sliced 2 Tbsp sunflower oil 1 tsp finely grated palm sugar 1 tsp … Continue reading Asian style Seared Beef ‘Carpaccio’

Vietnamese Beef and Lemongrass Soup


      Vietnamese Beef and Lemongrass Soup Author: Vanessa Ingredients 200g Beef sirloin or fillet 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons fish sauce cracked black pepper 2 spring onions, sliced 1 teaspoon canola oil 1 stalk lemon grass, sliced several slices ginger chilli to taste 6 cups of beef stock 2 limes, zest and … Continue reading Vietnamese Beef and Lemongrass Soup