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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…

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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Wine Tasting at Cooks Beach

It’s not every day you get invited to a vineyard for a wine tasting, so I was delighted to receive the invite from Simon and Veronica at Mercury Bay Estate in Cooks Beach. It’s about an hour’s drive from Coromandel Town, so I decided to take the family, go on a Sunday...

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Sausage-making

The colder weather has been making me think of autumnal dishes to cook for the family, and it reminded me how much I love sausages! This year I got to make my own sausages with my brother-in-law Mark and I have to say it was a lot of fun. The end product tasted...

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Harissa Paste

I love chillies and one of my favourite things to make with the last of the capsicums and chillies from my garden is harissa paste. Harissa is a usual ingredient in North African and Middle Eastern cookery. It’s often served on the side or added to cooked dishes, and...

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Coromandel Seafood Festival

Yesterday, the sun shone on my little stall at the Coromandel Seafood Festival and I had an awesome day selling cookbooks and preserves and greeting cards. I was also lucky enough to be chosen to judge the cookery competition between three local chefs from Umu Café,...

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