WAYNE’S MAGICAL MERINGUES

Photography: Ashlee deCaires Wayne from Arkanda demonstrated these in the Samsung Cooking Theatre at the recent Waikato Home and Garden Show and they worked perfectly every time. I decided I had to share them. Meringues are great to have in an airtight container just in case. With a bit of whipped cream and some fresh […]

NUTELLA PARFAIT

Photography: Ashlee deCaires “The best chocolate frozen dessert ever” is how Maurice Montero describes this Nutella parfait. “Parfait is one of my favourite things to make because I don’t need an ice cream machine. For a joke I was putting Nutella in a parfait base and it was the best accident ever. Who wouldn’t love […]

BABY KALE, ZUCCHINI & GREEN BEAN SALAD

Photography: Ashlee deCaires Leith from the Red Barn illustrates a salad doesn’t have to have lettuce and tomato. The pomegranate seeds add a burst of colour and flavour which pair beautifully with the award winning Meyer cheese. 250g blanched green beans 2 small zucchinis 1-2 cups baby kale leaves 25g shaved vintage Meyer Gouda ⅓ […]

WATERMELON CUCUMBER SALAD

Photography: Ashlee deCaires This refreshing salad from Hamish Carter of Oscar & Otto in Tauranga with its zingy lime and chilli dressing is perfect with the BBQ duck. 4 cups seeded watermelon, cut into ½ inch cubes 1 telegraph cucumber, halved, seeded and sliced into 1cm slices 1 cup fresh mint leaves (½ cup roughly […]

INDONESIAN BBQ DUCK

Photography: Ashlee deCaires Wayne Good from Arkanda says this dish is a great way to serve something different on the BBQ. And the best thing is all the work can be done ahead of time! 6 duck legs 1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds 4 cloves garlic 4 diced shallots 2 tbsp chopped galangal 2 bay […]

STUFFED CAPSICUMS

Photography: Ashlee deCaires Sophie Beck from The Punnet in Tamahere shares a recipe she learnt while working at The River Cafe in London. “The produce they used,” Sophie says, “was absolutely out of this world and to really showcase the produce, simplicity was key. I love being able to highlight the beautiful heirloom tomatoes now […]

SMOKED FISH RILLETTE

Photography: Ashlee deCaires Brad King from Falls Retreat in Waihi shows us how to create a simple yet stunning canape with some smoked fish. Just another reason to get out on the water for a spot of fishing. 250g smoked salmon 100g smoked kahawai 100g creme fraiche ⅓ cup fresh herbs to taste (coriander, dill, […]

PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED SCALLOPS WITH SWEETCORN PURÉE AND BACON CRUMB

Photography: Ashlee deCaires Lisa Quarrie from Hayes Common in Hamilton East takes beautiful in season corn and serves it with fresh NZ scallops. 100g butter 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 shallots, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 4 sweetcorn cobs, kernels removed 80ml (⅓ cup) white wine 60ml (¼ cup) water 1 tsp […]