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 […]
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Dang! Cat on rocket not good for growth.
Whoa – here’s an easy one. Spag with clams, spiked with chorizo. A great midweek meal. Fast & fabulous.
Cook in the pan. Serve in the pan. Only one thing to wash. Mum – it could be good for you on Waiheke to save water!
My house. Too cute!!! Check out that bay window!
Walking to work helps offload some of the over-indulgence!
Doughnuts. Yum. Stuff ’em in …
I can never go past the beautiful reflections of the coloured walls in Lea canal without pausing for a look.
Pretty pretty pretty. Oh, and delicious!
It’s easy making your own labna balls – just strain yoghurt until thick, then flavour it with dukkah, spices, herbs or edible flower petals.
White & green asparagus in a puddle of browned butter with toasty crumbs and a poached egg on top … well, you can’t get much better than that for a fancy pants brunch or lunch.
Get those asparagus spears on the grill to add another taste sensation.
That smell of smoke, sizzling prosciutto, lemon and mint will get them running to your place. Make plenty!
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 […]
Mamma Rosa knew what she was doing: tender savoury meatballs, crunchy crust, melting cheese … mmmm Scented with marjoram.
Burrata, a little dome of happiness, filled to bursting with a rich creamy centre, barely holding its shape, and just wanting to burst open on your plate. Let it!
Simple and seductive – juicy, sweet, salty, crunchy – a brilliant combination.
This is a stalwart of the Italian kitchen – spectacular on pasta, fab to layer with vegetables like eggplant and zucchini, and great with polenta or to jazz up bruschetta …
My son Luca reckons this is the best chicken dish he has eaten – ever!
Look what 10 minutes in the kitchen can produce! Clean fresh exhilarating flavours – perfect for mid-week dinner.
For those miserable days when a cup of soup won’t do … bring on the crunchy cheesy golden scones. Yes sir!
Grapefruit, oranges, chilli, mint, kaffir lime leaves and crushed peanuts – fresh, crisp, crunchy!
Great way to start the day: Purple Power!