Life’s a Feast

Salsa has to be one of the cornerstones of the Mexican kitchen. The secret to the tangy, punchy, green salsa that is served throughout Mexico (and many Mexican restaurants here in New Zealand) is the tomatillo. It is a relative...
This recipe is not for the faint-hearted, with its rich creamy sauce smothering pan-fried pork chops. The sauce is somewhat addictive – the gorgeous tang of the lemon pairs perfectly with the thyme and garlic (my kids loved it so...
With whole pumpkins currently selling for just $2 at Pak'nSave, this is a money-saving, time-saving, nutritious and tasty meal the whole family can enjoy. What's best is there will be enough left over to freeze for another meal. My kids...
Baked cheesecake can seem daunting to the home cook, with fears of cracking on the surface, sinking in the centre or curdling of the mix. Cheesecake is essentially a set custard but made with cream cheese and/or mascarpone instead of...
This recipe is a basic, yet delicious version of buttermilk chicken – with a crispy flavoursome crust and luscious interior meat. Buttermilk is slightly acidic, so will tenderise the meat as well as allowing the tasty flour mix to...
Hainanese chicken rice is widely considered the national dish of Singapore (but originating from Hainan, China). This Asian treat consists of succulent steamed chicken, sliced into bite-sized pieces and served on a bed of fragrant rice with some light...
PREP TIME: 15 mins MARINADE TIME: 24 hours COOK TIME: 35 mins SERVES: 2-3 people It's that time of year again – the beginning of May – when many women around the Wakatipu Basin (in fact around the country) will have been deserted...
PREP TIME: 15 Mins COOK TIME: 50 Mins SERVES: 6-7 people Knowing we lived in Switzerland for a chunk of our life overseas, a good friend of mine, Kate Campbell (a wonderful cook and total foodie), was kind enough to invite us...
The autumnal flavours of sage and butternut come together in this delicious pasta dish, guaranteed to warm the cockles and appeal to the palate. This recipe was born from having leftover chicken in the fridge, an overgrowing sage plant,...
Frosty mornings are now becoming more of a regularity than a rarity, and the evenings a lot cooler. Therefore, I feel the need for comfort! This smokey, poached fish dish is just what the weather commands– warm, comforting and moreish....
Eating dahl invokes memories of my days living in Singapore, where this was a regular breakfast dish for me on the way to work (consumed out of a small plastic bag with a roti!). This dahl recipe is full of...
PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 4 hours SERVES: 6 people These wide ribbons of pasta, smothered with rich, slow-cooked lamb, result in the perfect autumnal meal for family or friends. Pappardelle, derived from the verb pappare, meaning to gobble up, originates...
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