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A celebration of life here in New Zealand with great food and ingredients  fresh from the garden and ocean, with enjoyable detours on the way: art and craft, self-build projects, curing bacon, making cheese…

Eat your greens

I am recipe-testing for my new cookbook at the moment, and I've just reached smoothies. Browsing old library books outside our Coromandel library, I came across one called Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. It had a load of smoothie recipes in it so I...

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Persimmon Salsa

This is a recipe that I come back to each year when the persimmons are ripe. Very simple but delicious – lovely fresh tastes and it goes well with mexican food, roast pork or salads. Persimmon Salsa Ingredients ¼ cup chopped...

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What is wrong with my feijoas?

Like many people in Coromandel, I’ve noticed something wrong with my feijoas this season – small entry (or exit) holes on the outside of the fruit, and little caterpillars inside with most of the fruit spoiled.   These little caterpillars are the early...

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Couscous cakes – turning leftovers into ‘bestovers’

Sometimes you find a word that perfectly suits what is happening in your life… this month I found ‘bestovers’ – similar to leftovers, but where the thing you make with the leftovers comes out better than the thing you originally made! I made a couscous...

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Roast a whole cauliflower

I always wanted to cook a whole cauliflower after reading about the possibility online. Alon Shaya from the Domenica Restaurant in New Orleans first did this; this is my take on his recipe.   The idea is that you simmer the cauliflower gently in water, to...

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How to make a good Zucchini Lasagne

Photo by Emma Steel Can you use slices of zucchini instead of pasta sheets for lasagne? Yes, you can! I tried to do this for the first time a week ago and am reporting back to you all… if like me you have an endless supply of zucchinis in your garden at the moment,...

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An easy Christmas plum tart

  What could be more evocative of a Coromandel summer at the bach than plums? Here's an plum tart that is simple to make, but looks festive enough for any occasion!   Easy Plum Tart The great thing about this recipe is that you can bake one...

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How do you cook a perfect scallop?

The scallop has to be one of my favourite types of seafood. How do you eat yours? I love them wrapped in bacon… or raw sliced thin like sashimi with browned butter poured over them… or on a bbq skewer with prawns… or served with a fresh salad greens, sliced apple and...

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Visit my studio

Here in Coromandel, I'm participating in the Arts Tour 2017 Open Studio event... So for the next two weekends I invite you to visit me at home and have a good look about my studio and see the work I've been doing... I've been taking photos for my next book, doing...

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Food in the Garden City – Singapore

People say no visit to Singapore is complete without wonderful food experiences and so I was determined that my first time in Singapore was not going to be the exception. Looking for authenticity and local flavour, I headed to a hawkers market in Chinatown one weekday...

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