Life’s a Feast

The Remarkables Market reopened with a hiss and a roar last month and WOW! This vibrant and busy market is now even bigger and better, with a wonderful and hugely varied selection of local and regional products. Head along and...
Good-quality whitebait needs little done to it, so to ensure the integrity of this gorgeous product, I have kept the flavours subtle. Old-school whitebait pattie lovers, go a little crazy and try these recipes below. They are delicious deviation...
After months of eating slow-cooked foods, hearty soups and roasts, our household needed a nutritional pick-me-up. With spring nipping at our heels, I opted for a lentil salad, throwing in some rocket to liven and spring it up a...
This dish can be prepared incredibly quickly and will tantalise the tastebuds! It has simple Thai flavours, is light and fragrant while also blasting you with a little sweet and sour. I have been a bit cheeky and used a Thai...
Below is the second instalment of the two-part recipe to help those of you inundated with guests over the ski season. As mentioned, the two recipes utilise similar ingredients, so are great for time management when entertaining. This tuna...
Once considered something you would only feed sheep dogs on farms across New Zealand, lamb shanks are now a staple in many households and restaurants. They're almost a NZ icon. With so many flavours they can be paired with, once slow-cooked,...
My father Simon Stamers-Smith spent his early years growing up in Sri Lanka. As a result, he fell in love with the flavours of the East and has become one of the most wonderful curry cooks I have ever met! Sri...
I've never really had a sweet tooth. So I find it hard to muster up the enthusiasm to cook elaborate desserts for guests and family – well, really any desserts at all! If I do, they need to be simple,...
After a long day at work, or after hours of ferrying the kids from activity A to B to C to D, or if you are just feeling a little disorganised, this tasty yet simple recipe is just what you...
In recent times, there have been bold claims about the healing and health benefits of turmeric. On the back of claims that include alleviating allergies and depression, this spice has become incredibly trendy; so much so, one can now order a...
If you eat out in Wanaka, then Francesca's Italian Kitchen should be on your radar. The magnificent Italian restaurant uses fresh produce to transport you to Italy with its smells and flavours. I was there (in Wanaka, not Italy) recently with...
This is a family favourite in our household and a guaranteed palate pleaser, writes Bec Stanley. In the Mediterranean, olives are symbol of blessings and peace, and one belief is that beef olives, as in the recipe below, are...
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