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Roasted Salmon Fillet

Last week Jason had American blood oranges for sale. I don’t usually buy imported oranges but I love blood oranges so bought a few. Years ago we used to stay in a small hotel on the hill above Prato in Italy. Every morning as soon as we sat down for breakfast we were served a […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Roasted Plums & Apricots with Almond Cream

While stone fruit continue to be plentiful I’m using them in lots of different dishes. In last week’s recipe I grilled nectarines for a salad and this week I’ve baked plums and apricots for a dessert. Peaches and nectarines would also work allowing extra cooking time because the fruit are usually larger. Eden Orchards who […]

Posted on: 15th Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Grilled Nectarine and Rocket Salad

There’s finally lots of variety of summer stone fruit at our markets – nectarines, several varieties of peaches, apricots and plums. In the summer I like using nectarines and peaches in salads particularly when I’ve grilled them on the barbecue.   Last weekend I decided on a salad with grilled nectarines but I’m sure it […]

Posted on: 8th Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Mushroom, Goats Cheese and Pea Bruschetta

  Ingredients:   I’ll leave the quantities to you Use a mixture of both fresh and dried mushrooms. Put a good handful of dried mushrooms in a bowl with warm water to re-hydrate them. Slice the fresh mushrooms and gently cook them in a pan with a little olive oil, 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic and […]

Posted on: 19th Jan, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Barbecued Chicken with Squash, Broccoli and Farro Salad

Like many of you, we’ve been cooking as many meals as possible on our barbecue. For me a whole butterflied chicken is always a favourite as I can marinate the chicken earlier in the day, then later, heat the barbecue, Mike puts the chicken in and after 45 minutes its done. Easy and the kitchen […]

Posted on: 12th Jan, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Barbecued Marinated Lamb with Farro & Mint Salad

Lamb is a favourite to cook on the barbecue and I know we’ll be doing that a lot over the summer. I either slowly cook it in a foil oven dish on a low heat for 4-5 hours until its falling apart or cook it reasonably quickly straight on the grill for about an hour […]

Posted on: 19th Dec, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Orange and Honey Grilled Chicken Salad

This is a great recipe for a summer lunch or dinner – both easy to prepare and cook. To make it more substantial for dinner serve it with baby potatoes roasted with a little garlic and plenty of fresh rosemary. Once the asparagus season is finished swap to French beans instead. Edamame beans also work […]

Posted on: 12th Dec, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Herb Crusted Fish with Tomato Herb Salad

At the moment I have plenty of French tarragon growing in our garden so I’m using it as much as I can with other herbs which have finally started to grow quickly now that the weather is a bit warmer. On Sunday we bought home a piece of hapuku (my favourite) from our weekend fish […]

Posted on: 6th Dec, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Prawn Caesar Salad

I’d planned to cook the prawn part of this dish on the barbecue but on the weather was so windy and horrible that I didn’t feel like standing out in it so I cooked the prawns on my grill pan on the stove. I really like Caesar salads but am often disappointed. In my opinion, […]

Posted on: 28th Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Lime, Chilli and Lemongrass Coconut Mussels

Mussels make such a quick, easy and delicious meal. Sometimes I go through patches of forgetting how good they are. This is my current favourite mussel recipe with simple Asian flavours – lemongrass, lime, chilli and coriander. Jason always has fresh lemongrass stalks, coriander and chillis. He doesn’t always have kaffir lime leaves but he […]

Posted on: 22nd Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more