Warm Grapes & Leaves

It’s well known amongst my friends and followers that my darling consort doesn’t like fruit in his salads. I’ve had such delight testing these recipes, my wicked fruit eating ways being legitimised rather than seen as devious ploys to sway him. This salad of sorts I created on a whim, all my favourite flavours – […]


The Waldorf salad is named for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where it was created to feed attendees at a swanky charity ball. These days it’s more associated with dingy motel buffets inside rather rank musty dining rooms, completely edible, but demoted to a rather lack lustre sloppy side dish. I have put […]

Za’atar-Roasted Eggplant Salad with Lentils, Halloumi + Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

You can find za’atar (a fragrant Middle Eastern spice mix) at Vetro, or for a simple version combine equal amounts of dried thyme, sumac and lightly toasted sesame seeds. It’s lovely over any roasted vegetable or sprinkled over salads or eggs. Serves 4 2 medium eggplants 4 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp za’atar 250g cherry […]

Kūmara, Cauliflower and Fennel Citrus Salad with Seasoned Fish

The juicy flesh of fish works so well here with the zingy, citrus flavoured kūmara and cauliflower salad. As a stickler for pan-frying fish in butter, I have done so but you could use a little olive oil or a mixture of both butter and oil. Serves 4 600–700g firm-fleshed fish, such as blue cod, […]

Loaded Kūmara

You need to balance flavours in this recipe. Squeezing over lime or lemon juice adds acidity, along with the sumac, and red chilli flakes add heat, with the fresh herbs adding freshness. Adding salt will balance acidity. Serves 4 4 small-medium orange kūmara (each weighing about 200g), scrubbed olive oil for drizzling salt 1 cup […]

Marinated Green Beans

Recipe and Images Kathy Paterson The beans will lose their bright green colour after a few hours if making ahead, but there is no loss of flavour.   Serves 4 400g green beans, trimmed, left whole or sliced 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely […]

Cucumber Salad

Recipes and Images Kathy Paterson Refreshing with a punchy hit from the shallots. The dressing is quite thin so use some crusty bread to mop up all the juices. Serves 4 Dressing ½ cup kefir yoghurt (I used Raglan Food Co natural kefir yoghurt smoothie) 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, or use your favourite white or […]

Cherry Tomato Salad

Recipe and Images Kathy Paterson A bright and cheerful salad, without the need for olive oil (in my view!). For added flavour and substance, add in some thin slices of cured meat. Pancetta is truly delicious – pan-fry slices until dark golden and crisp then crumble a little before adding to the salad at the […]

Luisa Plum and Fennel Salad with Burrata

Recipe Harriet Boucher, Images Ashlee Decaires This is a refreshing summer salad, and who doesn’t love burrata? I used the frozen pizza dough from Vetro, proved it, rolled it out with some semolina flour and grilled it with lots of olive oil and sea salt. If you are after a quicker option, serve it with […]

Alfresco Dining

Words and Images Fiona Hugues In Italian, the expression al fresco usually refers to spending time in jail, and to be perfectly honest there’s always a few types about that aren’t as keen as I to dine outdoors on a balmy day. Unfortunately, the karma wrapped around their dire party pooping attitude almost immediately summons […]