Corn and potato Chowder

Extra virgin olive oil 1 onion diced 1 celery stalk diced 500g potato 1 litre vegetable stock 2 cup frozen sweetcorn Chopped parsley Heat a little olive oil in a heavy based saucepan.  Sautee the onions and celery for approximately 5 minutes until translucent.  Add peeled and chopped potatoes with a litre of stock and…

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Spiced Eggplant Salad, inspired by Ripe

I hear the other day there was to be a 2nd Ripe cookbook.  This is great news as their first was a real treasure.  The following recipe is one have adapted from that book.  For me the original was a little too spicy, I’m a wimp when it comes to chillies, so I have toned…

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a classic summer dish originating from Andalucía in Southern Spain.  A peasant dish made with basic ingredients it is best made in the height of summer when the main ingredients are at their ripest and most flavoursome.  Served chilled it is a refreshing dish on a hot summer evening. 100g slightly stale crusty…

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Eggplant Parmigiana

This is a gorgeous dish perfect for this time of year with an abundance of eggplants, tomato and even basil.  It may seem bizarre but although vegetarian this is a really meaty dish so perfect for people who still need convincing that a meal can be complete without meat. Serves 4 2 eggplants 2 Tblspns…

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Ricotta stuffed Zucchini Flowers with tomato sauce

  Zucchini flowers are a true delicacy of summer.  Sadly in New Zealand it’s rare to find them for sale, mainly because freshness is key and they are best used the day they are picked. Some varieties are better than others in producing flowers that last.  This year my yellow zucchini is just covered in…

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Mushroom Wellington

  This is a great special occasion dish and would be wonderful for Christmas for any vegetarian. The original recipe comes from The Cranks Bible by Nadine Abensur. If you are into vegetarian food I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s not one of those “food porn” recipe books full of delicious looking photos, instead…

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Noodle Salad

This was one of our most popular salads in the café and I am always asked by the family to bring it when we have a BBQ.  The problem is I have lost the original recipe!  We use to make it in such large quantities we would make a huge amount of the dressing and…

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