A few days on Waiheke Island Travel

Waiheke Island is a short 30 minute ferry ride from Auckland harbour, and it’s the playground for Aucklanders for good reason. Stunning rolling hills, beautiful bays and delicious food and wine, it’s quite a place! The beauty of the island is well known, with hundreds of visitors arriving every weekend for day trips, weddings and holidays. Don’t let that put you off, there is a lot to explore and we often found ourselves the only ones on a beach, on a bay, or admiring a view. You just need to pick your time and go! Access to a car is also...

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Shaved cauliflower salad Dine in

For me to enjoy having a salad (and especially a vegetarian salad!) as a main meal, it needs to be seriously delicious. This salad was exactly that. A Mandoline slicer will be your friend so this salad a cinch to make. We demolished it in no time, so is definitely good as a meal on its own or you could serve it as a side dish if you wish. I think it would be lovely packed for a picnic to enjoy the gentle winter sun, the salad can soften in the dressing for a while no trouble! Ingredients 1/4 head...

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Do you want hot buns? Dine in

Easter is the time of year for traditional hot cross buns – despite Woolworths and Coles stocking them as soon as the Christmas decorations are removed. I boycott buying them until April! Or, you can make them yourself! I cooked these buns this morning, and they were delicious. Stu told me so at least 3 times in between mouthfuls of hot, butter soaked bread. Baking bread makes me feel really clever and accomplished and this recipe is easy so I can pass that same feeling on to you. I didn’t bother piping a cross on the top or glazing these as per the...

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Spinach cob loaf dip Dine in

This recipe is a stand out crowd pleaser. One of the reasons I love cooking is seeing the joy on someone’s face when they eat and enjoy something I have made. Once you put this dip on the table it will be instantly surrounded by a crowd of people who can’t stop dipping and dunking, it’s so good and it will be gone in about 10 minutes flat. A friend’s mum made it at a party years ago and I only just asked for the recipe, wish I had asked sooner! I made a few tweaks and this the result....

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Satay chicken and vegetable stirfry Dine in

We were counting down the days to our trip to Vanuatu so I was in operation Fridge Clean Out mode and eating what we had so nothing went to waste. While riding home from work I was trying to figure out what we could have for dinner as the options were dwindling… but then I remembered I had a trusty can of Ayam satay sauce in the cupboard! Another reason for always having one in your pantry – instant flavour. I had a pile of vegetables in the fridge and a chicken breast in the freezer, along with a packet of...

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Ode to satay sauce Dine in

This post (and one to come) are an ode to satay sauce. Specifically Ayam brand satay sauce. It’s delicious and I highly recommend you seek it out from your local Asian grocer (I can’t usually find it in the supermarket) and keep it as a cupboard staple. Today’s dish is Indonesian gado gado, a room temperature salad made with a variety of  lightly steamed vegetables alongside the necessary boiled egg, sambal and prawn crackers. The simplicity of the salad is the secret, along with a very decent satay sauce (you can make your own with this recipe if you’re keen!)...

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Simple roast fennel pasta Dine in

This is one of my favourite recipes to make when I’m feeling lazy or I’m cooking for one. Apart from chopping a few bits, the oven does all the hard work for you! Once roasted, the strong aniseed flavour mellows and caramelises into a sweet, soft partner to the pasta, jazzed up with a bit of chilli, garlic and lemon. I had a handful of lonely spinach leaves which I added this time around, use this recipe as a base to add or remove bits as your fridge allows. Let me know where this recipe takes you. Ingredients 1 large...

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