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Slowcooked Pork Belly

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

You don’t need to be very precise with what goes into this recipe. Pork belly, chorizo, tomatoes and white beans are the main ingredients; vary the quantities of each as you wish. Method Cut a large piece of pork belly into cubes approx 4-5cms square allowing approx 2 per person. Cut up chorizo into 2 […]

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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 […]

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Lamb shanks

Lamb Shanks with White Bean & Chorizo

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This recipe came about one Sunday afternoon last year on a cold winter’s day having arrived home from a day at our market. We felt like something filling and warming for dinner. I just made it up from produce I’d bought from our stallholders during the weekend – lamb shanks from Jamie, chorizo from Salash, […]

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Perfectly Roasted Chicken

The Perfectly Roasted Chicken

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I’ll never forget spending a morning at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris – four hours on how to roast a chicken. Nothing could be easier could it? What I learnt was how you can get a great flavour and have a very moist properly cooked bird. Ingredients: 1 medium size free range/organic chicken […]

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Poached Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

Poached Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

The inspiration for this dish came from the one we ate at ‘Aux Lyonnais’ back in the 1980s. Poached chicken may sound a little but boring the sauce going with this is anything but boring – it’s delicate, full of flavour and easy. As well you’ll have a good chicken stock to keep and freeze […]

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Chicken & Vegetable Soup Recipe

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Frances has been helping me in the kitchen again this week. I was fighting off a cold and thought homemade chicken and vege soup might just do the trick to keep it at bay and at the same time Frances would learn how to make chicken stock and a simple vege soup. This is a […]

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Chicken and Shitake Mushroom Soup

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

You might remember that last week I raved about the fantastic shitake mushrooms grown by our Asian vege stallholder – ‘Fresh Gardens’.  I have a few ways I like to cook them but I asked Lisa who sold them to me, what her favourite way is. Her friend piped up ‘in a simple chicken broth […]

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Chicken & Asparagus Salad

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This makes an ideal lunch or light dinner meal. I use quinoa here but it will work just as well with rice, Israeli couscous or orzo. As usual this came about from thinking about what to do with the various ingredients I’d bought from stallholders and what’s in our small garden. Last weekend to make […]

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Pork Belly with Cider

Braised Pork Belly with Cider

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

Seeing how good the pork belly from Te Kainga Meats looked last weekend, I asked Louise, one of our chefs, for her favourite recipe so we can try Jamie’s pork a different way this week. Louise has taken inspiration from the cooking traditions of northern France where pork and cider are often teamed. Ingredients and […]

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Jerusalem Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Soup

Posted on: 12th Feb, 2014by frenchie

Until last week I’d only eaten Jerusalem artichokes raw and thinly sliced in a baby spinach leaf salad with plenty of crushed garlic in sherry vinegar vinaigrette. On Sunday I had been talking to Jillian of Fruition about something else when she showed me the Jerusalem artichokes she’d successfully grown for the first time. I […]

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