Country Cooking

Fruit cake felony

Nov 5th, 2011 | By

I committed a crime for this cake.  I was young and foolish, and the young man I was walking out with had just been visited by his mother.  In his student flat I knew there had to be one of her fruit cakes. My brother and I were beside ourselves, we hadn’t had fruit cake

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Choccywoccydoodahness sauce

Oct 13th, 2011 | By

It’s almost sinful how good Shona’s choccy sauce is.  She made it one night many years ago in our old farmhouse and it’s become a Taylor/Riddell treat ever since. Velvety, rich and talk about choccywoccydoodahness – it’s sublime.  And so simple to make. I went out and bought some fancy glass dessert dishes and now

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Chicken and kea for tea

Sep 10th, 2011 | By

Chicken simmered in coconut cream with coriander, a treat to make away from home.



Sauce brings taste of summer

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

The Italian chef has struck again.  At 4.30pm precisely Mariano knocked on our door, laden with ricotta and parmesan cheese and the very best of Giacomo Antonio Puccini on CD.



Marmalade a piece of cake

Aug 6th, 2011 | By

The  jammy thing about marmalade is you no sooner make it, than it disappears.



Sardinian cooking in a kiwi kitchen

Jul 24th, 2011 | By

Mariano swept into our Gordonton kitchen like a force of nature.  A sharply dressed hurricane, with an Italian accent. “Tonight,” he said, rolling up his sleeves, “I am making gnocchi, with fresh tomato sauce.” A professional chef, Mariano was actually born on Sardinia, the little island to the left of Italy.   Okay, it’s the second

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