Pack a Picnic

Words Harriet Boucher, Images Brydie Thompson There’s nothing quite like an autumn day with clear blue skies, gorgeous colours on the trees, and the sun streaming down. It’s the perfect time to grab a basket, a blanket, and a few drinks and find the perfect spot to enjoy these recipes. The trick to packing the […]

Easter Pie

Words and images by Kathy Paterson The brief to myself was to make a rustic pie that is a very loose play on the Italian Torta Pasqualina (an enclosed pastry pie using spinach and eggs). After many tests and neighbours’ approval, this one came out on top. Serves 6 Pastry 250g plain flour 150g cold […]

A Good Curry

Living and working on a dairy farm, I enjoy the challenge of living as self-sufficiently as possible.  Having access to beautiful fresh milk allows me to make my own butter, mascarpone, yoghurt and this beautiful paneer, which is one of the recipes I have had the very good fortune of being shown how to cook […]

Pesto alla Trapanese

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Brydie Thompson This traditional dish from the Trapani region in Sicily is one we learnt to make on our Taste of Sicily 2023 tour.  Taught in an old monastery in the stunning hill top town of Erice, we learnt not only how to make this dish, including hand rolling the pasta, […]

Book Review – Eat Up New Zealand, The Bach Edition

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan Peter Gordon describes Al Brown’s book Eat Up New Zealand – The Bach Edition as “a gem of a cookbook, full of childhood memories and insights into our culinary future”. I have to agree with Peter that it is a cookbook full of nostalgic recipes. It is, in fact, these recipes (cinnamon […]

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 […]


Words and image Amber Bremner A Vietnamese banh mi on the side of the road in Hanoi will win your heart. A DIY banh mi made at home won’t be exactly the same without the ethereally light yet crisp Vietnamese bread, but trust me when I say you can still pack a bright and tasty […]


Words and images Amber Bremner A muffuletta is an Italian sandwich invented in New Orleans, typically layering meats, cheese, and olives inside a loaf of great bread. Here I’ve assembled layers of tasty plant-based antipasti inside a loaf of sourdough. Everything is done the day before, so the loaf can chill (and set somewhat) overnight […]

Tofu, Shiitake + Rice Cake Skewers with Gochujang Sauce

Words and images by Emma Galloway Veggie skewers can all too often be a lacklustre combination of vegetables, charred and then served as is. But with a little bit of love, they can be flavour-packed meals in their own right. I’ve given oven and frying pan options for cooking, but they can also be popped […]

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 […]