How to Be a Salad Queen

Paul and I eat a lot of salad. He often has a chunk of steak sliced and tossed through whereas I have beans, chickpeas or sometimes squid or smoked salmon. If you have the basic ingredients at hand it takes literally 10 minutes to make a great salad. The key to super success is having […]

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Perfectly Baked Kumara

Aka sweet potato, kumara is a versatile, delicious highly nutritious vegetable. Many of the salads I make have a wedge of baked kumara tucked away inside or chunks scattered throughout and I thought you might like to know how to bake it. Basically a two step process, all you need is a couple of hours up […]

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Dates with Almond Butter

Dates have had a metamorphosis in recent years. Once an ingredient used in middle eastern and northern African cooking (absolutely amazing in lamb tagine) and something you put into scones, date loaf and sticky date pudding – dates are now widely celebrated as an alternative to sugar in healthy baking and raw movement. Their incredible […]

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Flat Bread

Auckland’s North Shore locals are lucky to have a selection of cafes and restaurants offering good food and excellent coffee. One of my all time favourites Sausalito adjoins the cute Bridgeway Cinema on Northcote Point. Famous for cranking out tasty meals in extra-quick-time Sausalito has a wood-fire oven lit early in the morning which burns […]

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Chilli Lime Jam

Our garden is a perpetual experiment and this year I decided to grow chillies. John at Tumbleweeds Garden Centre advised me to wait until the end of October but Tabasco went into the ground at the end of September and it was lovingly tended every day and kept under a cloche (an upturned 4 litre […]

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Brownie of Goodness

Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free aren’t normally synonyms you’d associate with a sublimely sticky sweet brownie but in “My Petite Kitchen Cookbook” Eleanor Ozich has given us a simple and decadent brownie which is all of the above. This recipe is taken from her book and tweaked a little.  My lovely friend Mel and I (it’s […]

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