Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Sweetcorn

Karen has a BBC recipe book called Delia’s Vegetarian Collection. We have so many cookbooks that I’ve only just discovered this one. The first recipe I tried is an absolute winner for those cold Winter nights. The creamy pumpkin soup and nutty toasted corn combo is great. Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Sweetcorn 700g pumpkin peeled, [...]

Friday Night Pizza Frenzy

Friday nights have become our “bad food” nights but with the nearest takeaway a 30 minute round trip we’ve adapted to making our own (not a bad thing really). One of the few things we really miss about Auckland is our beloved Dante’s Pizza. While my humble efforts don’t measure up to Kev and Tanya’s [...]

Jerualsem Artichoke Soup

We found some Jerusalem artichokes at the farmers market this week and Karen had fond memories of them in soup. We found this recipe in the Cook’s Companion and it’s now one of my new favourites. Jerusalem artichokes are actually part of the sunflower family, not artichokes and they grow from tubers, like potatoes. August [...]

The Cook’s Companion

If you only ever buy one book for the kitchen, you could do a lot worse than Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion. The subtitle is ‘’the complete book of ingredients and recipes for the Australian kitchen’’ and she is not wrong (apart from the Australian bit as it seems to adapt to the NZ kitchen [...]

Darina’s Quick Soda Bread

So my favourite cooking book in the world is Stephanie Alexander’s Cook’s Companion – if you only ever buy one cookbook, this is it, seriously. I’ve just discovered a recipe for soda bread that’s quick and easy, but still delicious. Stephanie credits Darina Allen for the recipe, so I’ll credit them both here. Darina’s quick [...]