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Superfoods Salad

From our markets every weekend I always buy carrots, courgettes, kale, spinach, cucumbers, spring onions, daikon, radishes, microgreens, lots of herbs, red onions, rocket and more. I use various combinations of these in salads usually adding toasted seeds and/or nuts. So, come up with your own mix. This is our salad from last night. I […]

Posted on: 17th Aug, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Bulgar Wheat Salad

This winter I’ve made lots of different salads and this is of my favourites at the moment. Last Sunday Jason had a large pile of bunches of mint and coriander selling for only $2.50 bunch. Although I grow mint, these bunches looked so fresh I had to buy some which was, of course, too much! So, […]

Posted on: 17th Aug, 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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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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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


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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Asparagus and Chicken Salad

I love asparagus and we have it nearly every day while it’s in season. I might even try pickling some!! From now on Jason will have plenty of medium sized asparagus and every week or two the girls at Fresh Gardens will have their skinny asparagus. I always buy both. It’s so easy to make […]

Posted on: 4th Oct, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Coconut Rice

1 cup brown rice 1 cup coconut milk 1½-2 cups water 20cms piece fresh ginger, peeled 1 large clove garlic, peeled Salt and pepper Crispy shallots to garnish Finely chopped coriander to garnish   Place the rice in a pot and add the coconut milk and water. Add the piece of ginger and garlic. Season. […]

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

Rice and Pumpkin Salad

Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Pumpkin & Cauliflower

I really like making healthy salads that are either meals in themselves or only need the addition of a protein to make a meal. As always these come about because I always buy too many vegetables from our market stallholders. In my pantry at home I make sure I have a good selection of grains, […]

Posted on: 13th Sep, 2016by frenchie Read more