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A month or so back our vegetable garden finally materialized after years of hype and speculation. It’s funny when you actually start something after so much procrastination and then you realize it’s not very hard at all. Anyway, this here baby cos (romaine) lettuce is our very first harvest and it’s taught me that if there’s one thing you really ought to grow yourself, lettuce would be it. Fresh picked lettuce is just so much tastier and crunchier than store bought. I’m totally sold – there really is no comparison.

We still have a lot of food left over from when my family came up to stay a couple weeks back. They came to escape the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, and aside from the stressful circumstances in which they arrived it was lovely having them to stay. My Dad very generously filled our kitchen with so much food – more than we could have eaten during their stay – and so we’ve been picking our way through the goodies ever since. I made this salad on Friday night, a throw together of sorts that turned out spectacularly well.

Baby cos leaves, tossed with black grapes, peas, pan-fried haloumi and a honey-mint balsamic dressing. A very simple ingredient list but a stunning combination of flavours. The plump, tart black grapes really pop against the saltiness of the haloumi. It’s this kind of salty and fruity contradiction that I adore in a green salad.
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As I’m writing this it is 26C (79F) outside and the cicada symphony is in full swing. I know this not just because they’re drowning out all other neighborhood sounds, but because the cat just bought one into the house. And then she let it go. Cicadas are way, way noisier inside the house. So it’s not exactly weather that has me hankering for hot pasta with spicy tomato sauce. But let’s backtrack a week or two, when that big old scary storm finally crossed the Tasman Ocean and hit Auckland. Boy was it wet. And cold. Despite my initial recoil, it was actually nice to have a break from the peak-summer heat and enjoy some warm comfort foods again.

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Puy Lentil, Tomato & Feta Salad

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I had a version of this fabulous salad at the cafe in our office building the other day. I got myself into a right tizzy, having lost a good few hours work when my computer flaked out, and suddenly realized I was absolutely starving. The vegetarian fare can be a mixed bag at the cafe, [...]

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How to Make… Candied Orange Peel

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I’m so in love with this sparkling gingerbread loaf that I’m planning to make quite a few of them and share the love these holidays. So I made a whole bunch of candied orange peel to go on top. This recipe makes a good few cups of candied peel so it should be enough to [...]

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Sparkling Gingerbread Loaf

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I’ve taken this week of work as I was supposed to be heading up to Seattle to catch up with some friends. Long story short is I didn’t make it to the US due to a few issues Qantas were having with their planes, so I’ve put my trip on hold until the new year. [...]

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Bulgur with Garden Vegetables & Roasted Feta

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Have you ever roasted goat feta? I just tried it tonight and it was so good I decided I had to do a post about it. Just crumble the feta into a small roasting dish, drizzle with a few good glugs of olive oil and throw in a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. Roast. Then [...]

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Maria’s Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies

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If you like your chocolate dark and your coffee black with no sugar you will love these brownies. I asked my friend Maria to share some of her favorite holiday recipes and this is one of the ones she gave me, a bittersweet chocolate brownie with espresso and rapadura. Maria is from Spain, the Canary [...]

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Risotto with Roasted Tomatoberries & Pesto

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Earlier this year I went through a phase where I thought risotto with pearled barley in place of rice was pretty cool. Actually it still is cool. I mean, pearled barley in risotto, it’s pretty cool. I just love the wholesome texture and earthiness it lends to the dish. I’m not sure exactly where I’m [...]

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Honey Coconut Quinoa with Pomegranate

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I’m not a morning person. I’m really, really not. I’ve always wanted to be one, to feel totally alive and inspired to start the day. Sometimes I even force myself to get up at first light and go for a run through the park – pretending like this is all normal and I’m totally fine, [...]

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Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Pomegranate

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now you’ll know I am particularly fond of soba noodles. Most any time I make a recipe with noodles I will find a reason to substitute soba into the mix. Well, actually it doesn’t even need to be a noodle recipe… Hot or cold, I just [...]

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