HAZELNUT MERINGUES with Raspberry Labneh Creme

I have been watching them closely this spring. In winter, they were little more than dead looking twigs standing upright in the ground. A few weeks into spring I notice little green shoots sprouting along the canes, slowly unfurling into a familiar green leaf. The delicate white blossoms weren’t far … Read More

SAUCY SPRING DRESSINGS + GROWING ASPARAGUS

Some years ago I established an asparagus bed in the back yard. Growing asparagus is a serious commitment. Once the asparagus “crowns” are planted it takes ¬†two to three years for the root system to establish before a single spear can be harvested.

ROASTED RHUBARB, STRAWBERRY & ROSE CONSERVE

Although strawberries have been available on supermarket shelves for sometime, I wait patiently until the first of the sun-ripened berries arrive at the markets before I succumb to my first taste of the summer. It is well worth the wait, the flavour of sun-kissed fruit cannot be imitated. My cooler … Read More

BROAD BEAN & MINT RICOTTA HOT CAKES

I recently had a TV crew visit my garden to film a segment for a show in the New Year. The weeks leading up to the day I weeded and tidied my garden. However, looking neat wasn’t going to make my South Island veggie garden very exciting to film. Sure, … Read More

BAKED LENTIL & CAULIFLOWER DHAL with Curried Toasted Seeds

One of the most frequently requested dinners in our house is dhal. We are not vegetarian, but I do like to include plant protein meals regularly in our meal rotation. I have prepared a stove top dhal for many years but this year I branched out into the realm of … Read More