Roasted Purple Kumara Salad

When I unpacked my shopping from market stallholders last weekend I found that I had a heavy emphasis on purple vegetables. I bought purple kumaras and cabbage from Fresh Gardens and purple carrots and kale from Jason. I love purple kumaras – they’re quite dense and sweet and very high in antioxidants. They’re smaller than […]

Posted on: 1st Sep, 2015by frenchie Read more

Roasted Beetroot & Pesto Salad

Last weekend both Jason and Fresh Gardens had great looking freshly picked beetroot. I couldn’t help buying some. As I do every week, because it’s so good, I bought peppery rocket from Fresh Gardens. I had an abundance of shelled walnuts from Wilson (Vanilla Man) and Valda (NZ Nuts) and plenty of parsley in my […]

Posted on: 14th Jul, 2015by frenchie Read more

Roasted Cauliflower & Kale Salad

Last weekend Jason had a large pile of beautiful purple and green cauliflowers which he sold whole or in halves. I realised that I hadn’t bought a cauliflower for ages, couldn’t decide which to buy, so I went for two halves – green and purple. Usually I steam or blanch cauliflower when using it in […]

Posted on: 23rd Mar, 2015by frenchie Read more

Vegetable Salad

  I made this salad to go with a butterflied chicken that Mike cooked on the BBQ. I cut up a couple of potatoes and a kumara which I roasted beside the chicken and thought why not just add those to the salad.   Ingredients  Fresh corn, cooked and kernels removed Florets of broccoli Asparagus […]

Posted on: 11th Feb, 2015by frenchie Read more

Grilled Figs, Bean & Goats Cheese Salad

  Ingredients  Green beans, blanched, refreshed and dried on paper towels Figs, cut in half Handful of walnut pieces, roasted Soft goats cheese or feta 1 orange, peeled, pith removed and cut into small segments   Dressing    50-60ml olive oil 1½ tbsps pomegranate dressing or pomegranate molasses 1 tsp sherry vinegar Juice and zest of […]

Posted on: 11th Feb, 2015by frenchie Read more

Three Summer Salads

  This week I’ve made three really easy summer salads that I put together quickly using fresh ingredients bought from stallholders in the weekend. You’ll notice that I love using pomegranates while they’re available. The lentil tabouleh is good as part of a meal while the other two salads are either delicious as light lunches […]

Posted on: 2nd Dec, 2014by frenchie Read more

Camargue Rice and Spring Vegetable Salad

I love using a selection of Spring vegetables in salads. I always buy lots from our market stallholders without anything in particular in mind. Last weekend I bought asparagus, broad beans, flat green beans, snow peas, global artichokes and more. I had red Camargue rice in my pantry but you could use any grain for […]

Posted on: 11th Nov, 2014by frenchie Read more

Artichokes Provençal

For a long time I had a mental block about artichokes thinking they were too fiddly to prepare any other way other than boiling whole and serving with vinaigrette. I’m over that now. They’re no different than preparing any other vegetable and the end results are delicious. Artichokes are readily available from stallholders Jason, Terry […]

Posted on: 4th Nov, 2014by frenchie Read more

Wild Rice Salad with Duck Breast à l’Orange

A while ago I bought some wild rice and hadn’t got round to using it. I decided it was about time to do something. The last two Sundays I’d bought lots of kyomi oranges from stallholder Jillian of Fruition. It seemed a good idea to buy some duck breasts to go with these ingredients. So, […]

Posted on: 28th Oct, 2014by frenchie Read more

Two Salads – Kohlrabi, Mint and Rocket and Beetroot, Leek and Walnut

I know it seems a bit odd to be doing salad recipes at the start of winter but we spent last weekend up north and the weather was very mild – too warm for a winter soup that I’d made so I used produce growing in my garden and vegetables I’d bought from various stallholders. […]

Posted on: 3rd Jun, 2014by frenchie Read more