zucchini, mozzarella, lemon & chilli pizzas with aperol spritz

serves as many as you fancy Right then – Easter is almost upon us so I felt it best to farewell the last of the warmish evenings with a spread perfectly designed to enjoy over the long weekend. Despite being single I still absolutely love gathering all of my old (not ‘old’ – ‘long standing’) friends […]

rainbow wraps

makes 6 Helloooo – look I know this isn’t the flashest recipe I’ve ever posted, but it doesn’t mean they don’t taste bloody good – rainbow wraps loaded with sweet, earthy beetroot huumus, crunchy carrot and red cabbage, creamy avocado, peppery greens, roast or poached chicken and salty, nubbly tamari-roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The […]

pomegranate roasted grape & blue cheese bruschetta with figs & salted caramelised walnuts

makes 15 Happy New Year’s Eve, eve! I thought I should get my act together and post this now in case you are hosting tomorrow night and trying to think of nibbles to serve with drinks. These are super easy to make, all of the prep is done in advance, and the combination is bloody […]

old-school tomato soup with cheese, olive, onion & rosemary toasties

‘Here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory…’ and yes Annie is quite right, apparently the weather is about turn to mega-rainy-crap all throughout the country from today. (Actually I have gotten to know Annie very well over the last fifteen months – she has kindly sung while I’ve been shooting, […]

gruyere cheese & bacon tart with celeriac & cauliflower soup

Helloooo – God it feels good to be back into the swing of things, getting blog posts done, actually doing a bit of house tidying, and generally speaking not working every single minute of every day…well not quite any way! Today’s recipes are two I put together for Fairfax – a gentle, creamy celeriac and […]

beef, Barley & Vegetable Soup with Parsley, Rocket & Walnut Pesto Toasties

 Quick l’il re-post of this perfect winter soup, originally posted waaaay back in September 2015!I am writing this as I watch the weather forecast on TV, and despite the fact that it is now officially spring in New Zealand, the weather forecast is predictably grim: 0˚ or 1˚C degree lows in many places over night […]

mini pesto, proscuitto, & kumara loaves with walnuts & semi-dried tomatoes

Good Friday morning – woah that just made me think about Easter coming soon – where is this year going?!? Today’s recipe is one I put together for the lovely Dish magazine, and it’s an ideal super-easy autumn weekend baking project. The mini loaves (or you can make them as muffins) are moist and flavour […]

mini spinach pies with rosemary, lemon, pine nuts & feta

Good morning from the comfy old blogging ground of my bed, complete with second cup of tea. Today’s recipe is one I put together for Dish magazine, perfect for summer drinks parties, picnics, lunch – whatever really – they are gorgeous little pastry parcels filled with iron-rich spinach, salty feta, nubbly pine nuts and sweet […]

queso fundidio, beer, chorizo, chilli & cheese dip

Helloooo, I thought it timely to share this recipe I put together for the gorgeous Dish magazine earlier in the year…I can’t think of anything better for an outdoor, southern hemisphere New Year’s get-together. (Actually it would be pretty bloody fabulous in the freezing north too). I have been making variations on this hot cheesy […]

asparagus, prawn & zucchini bites with sesame mayo

Wooo – Friday with a long weekend ahead – bring it on! I am quickly finishing this before heading off to yoga (Ohmmmm – did first proper one-arm, no-cheaty side crow recently – yeah baby!) so that you can get the ingredients sorted for this recipe today. Even if the weather doesn’t behave, these nibbles […]