Toot toot! Bright as traffic lights, and definitely worth stopping for.Read more
Lime leaves, preserved lemon and yoghurt? With chicken? Stunning.Read more
A useful salad to go with fish, barbecued meats or vegetables.Read more
Fresh and bright, seasonal vegetables at their peak – and cheapest.Read more
Roasting tomatoes concentrates their sweetness. Get on to it!Read more
Bring bees into your garden and let the plant flower before harvesting.Read more
$7.00 dinner. An extravagance? Maybe? Maybe not.Read more
The pastry for this free-form tart is quickly made in a food processor.Read more
This is a meal in itself, perhaps add a salad to balance it all, or baked tomatoes. It’s also great alongside barbecued chicken or pork.Read more
Yes, you can serve this with other Indian dishes, and with roti or naan bread, but why shelve it till then?Read more
…because it’s summer and we still need cheese!
Despite a few splotches of rain and cloud here and there the weather in Auckland has been mostly hot, and heavy and rich dishes that are invariably laden with carbs are not so appealing. Point in case, after our big family Christmas I had lots of mince pies, cakes, Panettone, and sticky date pudding left over but oddly enough, come Boxing Day, I couldn’t go there. I couldn’t even look at the stuff! Instead, I went for the tropical fruit and left-over garden veg. Very puzzling (for me!), though not surprising – it’s just that time of year.
And this dish sums it up perfectly. It’s obviously veggie-based and fresh (think fresh NZ garlic that leaves a tingle on your tongue and jewel pomegranate seeds that burst with juice), but still allows a generous portion of decadence; cheese, in the form of feta! It’s relatively low-fat and when rolled in oregano and baked alongside a tray of juicy seasonal vegetables, it’s deliciously summer in a bite.
Got a poem in you? Been tinkling a little tune and ready to showcase it to an audience? Song & Poetry Thing FOUND Café Waiheke 30th Jan.Read more