Posts Tagged ‘ cooking ’

Hooray for broad beans

Nov 1st, 2012 | By

Unbelievable and astounding. Broad beans are delicious. Growing up in the 60s you wouldn’t have known it. Huge, horrible things, they were boiled for too long and served on a plate in a greyish mass as punishment. Every adult in New Zealand was in on it, especially mothers. Decades later my gardening buddy Barry proudly

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Tackling tiramisu

Jun 16th, 2012 | By

Years later, I can still remember the shock.  Casually I had enquired what David would like as a special birthday meal. After some serious thinking, he’d said one word.  Tiramisu. I had thought he’d suggest a fine steak,  followed by some lovely custard. But no. Tiramisu, pronounced and prepared properly.   Isn’t that one of those

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Alison’s berry good crumble

May 10th, 2012 | By

Culinary magic can happen in moments – all that is needed is a dash of inspiration and an Alison. We had invited ourselves to our friend’s house for dinner – and felt we should at least contribute dessert.  So we stopped at the supermarket on the way over and peered at the chilly shelves packed

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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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Baked beans winter warm up

Jun 20th, 2011 | By

Tasty, nourishing and deeply satisfying – baked beans take a long time but the result is exceptionally good.