With White Wine

Roasted Monkfish

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week a customer commented that she enjoyed cooking the fish tagine I did a couple of weeks ago because more hearty fish dishes are good during the winter and it’s often difficult to find them. That prompted me to come up with this recipe. I used monkfish because that’s what Jimmy had last week […]

Read More...

Poached Whole Salmon

Poached Whole Salmon or Trout

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

As our product of the week is a fish poacher, here’s an easy but impressive recipe which is great for a whole salmon or trout (if you’re lucky enough to catch them). You can serve the fish warm or at room temperature. The salmon or trout always look good served on a large platter at […]

Read More...

Baked Monkfish with Saffron Sauce

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

We’ve always enjoyed eating monkfish. Until the last few years it wasn’t widely known in NZ. We’ve probably had it more in France where it’s called ‘lotte’. The fish is quite ugly – if you’re looking for the whole fish is most likely to be sold without it’s head. Monkfish flesh is white and dense […]

Read More...

Baked Hapuka with Seafood

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Normally for family birthday dinners I’ll serve duck or a slow-cooked meat dish. Last week for my father’s and Mike’s joint birthday dinner I decided to have a change and cook fish and seafood because I found it hard to resist Jimmy’s hapuka and John’s Foveaux Strait scallops and Australian prawns (available frozen on Sundays […]

Read More...

Chicken & Asparagus Salad

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

While asparagus is in season we love to eat it nearly every day, sometimes simply steamed to accompany meat, fish or chicken and other times as part of a salad that’s the main course. This salad is one of those. It’s a way of using up leftover chicken but is best if you cook some […]

Read More...

Stuffed Baby Peppers & Pearl Drop Onions

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend I had to buy Sally’s gorgeous looking baby peppers and her new onions called ‘Pearl Drop’ as both looked so good. The onions are very similar to Italian cipollini onions. They’re small, slightly flattened looking and sweet when cooked. The colourful peppers come in bags of about 15-18. You’ll get any assortment of […]

Read More...

Pea & Broad Bean Risotto

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

A simple risotto is a great fall back meal when you want something easy, quick and delicious. Why not drop some hints to your children about making a risotto for Mum on Mother’s Day this Sunday. Make it in an Emile Henry Risotto pot and you have the perfect present. What I like about this […]

Read More...

Mushroom & Puy Lentil Salad

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is one of Billy’s Salads that just wins hands down! For the lentils: 1 cup small green lentils (Lentilles du Puy) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed 1 onion, finely chopped salt and pepper 1 cup dry white wine 2 cups water For the mushrooms: 4 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar […]

Read More...

Mussels in Tomato & White Wine

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week we had an overabundance of tomatoes that I’d picked from our plants. After several days of using tomatoes in all sorts of salads I decided to cook the rest. The result was a delicious sauce that I used as a base for several dinners – with grilled aubergines and courgettes, another with pan […]

Read More...

Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend in our Kitchen Shop Frances and I made fresh pasta. I find it a very relaxing thing to do and the result is always so good. Probably the hardest thing is to remember to take the pasta machine out of the cupboard and use it. I had some left over slow cooked lamb […]

Read More...