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I won’t starve on Waiheke. I’ll be able to have a tomato sandwich in about three weeks.
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Take a bite out of Aussie’s best: lamb and lamingtons, prawns and pav, pancakes and pikelets; slow-cooked, twice-cooked, flash-fried, stir-fried and cooked over coals; breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and everything in between. Here’s a sample of tempting recipes from The Great Australian Cookbook.
Food and wine or wine and food? It’s hard to choose the more impressive of the two served up at a wine tasting and degustation lunch at Villa Maria Winery on Monday. I went primed for action: hungry, thirsty, inquisitive, and with a cab booked to wing me back to the ferry …
Villa Maria is unashamedly family oriented. When you dine with them, with their founder Sir George Fistonich and wife Lady Gail, with their winemakers and staff, you become part of the family, part of their story. That story started a long time ago, in 1961, when a young lad called George leased a few acres […]
Make that a triple serving … I’d be happy to! 1st October is World Vegetarian Day, not something that is ever going to slip under my radar because, in case you hadn’t noticed, we’re rather fond of vegetables at Shared Kitchen. In fact, we’re crazy about them. Beats me though, why potatoes continue to get […]
What about those annoying little points that you side-step, or blatantly ignore? Will a recipe still hang together?
It’s either that, or open the windows!
If you haven’t had a tour around Shared Kitchen for awhile, here are some of the fabulous vegetable recipes on board (click on the links at the bottom of each gallery of photos): Persimmon & Feta Salad Ilaria’s Spicy Bunnuce Burgers Erbazzone Mushrooms on Toast Eggplant & Date Salad Broccoli Salad with Pumpkin & Peppers […]
You could say Italy is coming to Auckland, with street feasts and Chamber music concerts, and Italian restaurants and businesses promoting all that is good about la bella Italia! This Sunday 27th September, Osborne and Kent Streets in Newmarket will be open to pedestrians only as the area is turned into an Italian market place […]
My son Luca reckons this is the best chicken dish he has eaten – ever!
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The Italians say it needs to be as salty as the Mediterranean. How do you know how salty that is if you’ve never swum in it?
Is garlic a cure-all? Is it strongest when used crushed or chopped? Does it keep the vampires away?
It’s not that we need an excuse to fire up the oven and cook a roast in our household, but sometimes having a reason to do so makes it more of an occasion. This Sunday, August 2nd, is Selak’s New Zealand Roast Day and we’ll gather together with the family to enjoy a hearty roast […]
Cardoons may be new to you, but they’re an ancient vegetable. Looking like a tatty bundle of celery, the taste, I tell you, is pure artichoke.
O-ho yeah! 4th of July’s coming up and it’s time to get in the mood for a little sizzlin’ and grillin’ … No matter if it’s cold, dark and rainy where you are, you can still join in the fun! Cook an amazing batch of smoked paprika fries in the oven and get patties sizzling in a […]
What do these creatures do? Apart from quack …
Brussels sprouts look cuter than cabbage, and they can taste a whole lot better, too, if you arm yourself with a few must-do’s …
Italians don’t need much of an excuse to get together and share good food – they do it most days – but 2nd June is significant in the modern history of Italy as it commemorates when, in 1946, after the second world war and the downfall of fascism, Italians went to the polls to vote to either retain the monarchy or to abolish it and form a republic.
This blog is about things falling off trees … I was sitting here tucked up nice and cosy at my place with the cats at my feet, supposedly working, and I was admiring the trees outside the window. They’re ablaze with golden and russet leaves and I wasn’t thinking about much else as I enjoyed […]
Best sirloin steak in the land in the Beef & Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin Competition. Winner announced.
Whether you call her mum, mom, mummy or mother, or some kind of cutsie name like ‘mushja’, it’s time for a case of the warm ‘muzzies’ this Sunday. By that I mean, it’ll be Mother’s Day in most parts of the world and time to spoil your mum. Take her a cup of tea in […]
Ah yes, hippiedom, flower power, all of that, but no, actually, these flowers are for eating not sticking in a vase or around your hair. And pretty they look, too.