LENTIL AND CHIA SEED WRAPS

Recipe and images by Amber Bremner I hesitate to use the word ‘wrap’ to describe these, because they’re not as strong as a gluten flour wrap, but nor are they pancakes, dosa or flatbreads. So we’ll go with wrap. Soaked lentils and chia seeds, spinach and a few flavourings are blended together to make a […]

Sushi with Me

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires There is something about sushi that pleases even the fussiest eater.  Make your own and you can both tailor it to individual tastes as well as save a lot of money.  The only fancy equipment you will need is a bamboo mat to help you roll the sushi tightly, […]

Oh Onions!

The sight of onions floating down the streets of Pukekohe last summer was enough to make you cry.  The backbone of so many dishes, onions are loved the world over but seldom as the hero. Sure, the French have their soup, but I say the way for everyone to celebrate the lovely layers of an […]

Tomato Toast with a Rustic Sicilian Sauce

Words and image Kathy Paterson Resplendent basil plants mirror summer and a couple of large handfuls will be enough to make the ever-so-popular basil pesto. However, give me a perfectly ripe tomato, a full-flavoured, grassy extra virgin olive oil, and a few basil leaves and I’m very happy. For a quick, satisfying dinner, add some […]

Prawns with Lemon Caper Butter

Words and images Fiona Hugues Nothing screams summer quite like a bright orange prawn, and this recipe is super simple, easy to knock up, and delicious to boot. Just add bread to sop up all the buttery juices. 6–10 large whole prawns, raw, or precooked if you’re short of time 100g butter 2 tbsp capers […]

Balsamic Vinegar

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Growing up I think there were only two types of vinegar in my parents’ pantry, malt and white. In comparison, my pantry contains a whole shelf of vinegars – white wine, red wine, chardonnay, sherry, rice, Chinese black vinegar… OK, so my pantry may not be a good example, […]

Baked Aubergines with Salsa Verde

Words and images by Fiona Hugues Sometimes all you need is a hero vegetable prepared deliciously to wow your guests. These small aubergines grilled until soft are fabulous on their own as a light lunch or as a side to grilled meats. Just add some leafy greens on the side. 3–4 small aubergines, halved Extra […]

Caponata

Serve it with pasta, on its own, or as part of a charcuterie board; in Sicily caponata goes with everything. I think breakfast time was the only time we weren’t served this sweet and sour eggplant dish. Every restaurant and nona has their own recipe, resulting in different degrees of sweetness.  After asking almost everyone […]

Ceviche

Recipe Harriet Boucher, Images Ashlee DeCaires Serve this ceviche as a starter for your alfresco summer dinner after a day’s fishing. Adjust the lime juice to your preference – don’t let it overpower the sweetness of the melon. 2 cups watermelon, cubed (about a 600–700g wedge) 400–500g white fish, cubed 1 small shallot, finely diced […]

Panelle

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee Decaires I recently returned from our Taste of Sicily tour (2023) where we enjoyed such amazing food.  Many of the dishes that stood out were ridiculously simple, and panelle was a great example of this. We enjoyed it freshly fried standing in the bustling market of Palermo as well as […]