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Crostini with Herb and Feta creme and Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

These nibbles are a a favourite in a crowd. Perfect for entertaining and dinner party finger food.  What is a Crostini? It is essentially a small piece of bread, toasted or fried, served with a topping as a canapĂ© or starter.  Ingredients 1 french bread stick1 packet baby heirloom tomatoes1 slab feta cheese3 Tbsp ricotta cheesefresh herbspepper and saltolive oil  Method Thinly slice the bread stick and lay out on a baking tray. Drizzle bread with a little olive oil and salt. Toas...

May 10, 2020

Beef Curry w Coconut Rice

This curry is one of my favourites. It has depth in flavour and the long slow cooking method excretes the delicious flavour of the meat you choose to cook. ...

April 9, 2020

Simple Prawn Fried Rice

I don't know about you but Chinese fried rice is one of my favs. Nothing beats the number 13 - combination fried rice from Golden Dragon but will I give it a run for its money? hell yes! This recipe is so easy to make and uses minimal ingredients.  Use up last nights leftover rice, defrost some prawns, throw in some frozen peas, a whisked egg and sliced spring onion and you are onto a winner! Why use cold / old rice? Using cold rice rather than fresh is "the secret" to a good fried ric...

April 2, 2020

One pot Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup

As we are all aware our world is enduring some horrific times at the moment with Covid-19 on the rampage sending everyone into a spiral of panic buying and stock piling toilet rolls for the only reason I can think of is to tipee the neighbours house when boredom in Iso sets in for 4 weeks... Yes, times are tough and definitely a tad scary to think when will this ever end but strangely entering into this lock down period I was calm, cool and collected. . Which considering what is going on is very...

March 30, 2020

Sundried Tomato Kasundi

My taste buds stumbled across this recipe when visiting my dear friend in Ohaupo. - Got a second? here's our story..  Lizzie has been my kitchen buddy since day one in cooking school. Orientation day consisted of a bunch of "soon to be" chefs standing around in silence, drinking watered down coffee and stale biscuits. This bright haired, funky dressed, green tea drinking women strikes up a convo - "Hello, whats your name?, where are you from?, whats your story?" - The rest was history. We b...

January 26, 2020

Salmon Nicoise Salad

From the origin of Nice, France this dish is one for the books. If you love a chunky salad which is a meal in itself this is the salad for you. This salad would be perfect as its own dish, or as a sharing dish at a dinner party or family event. I have seen this salad served in many ways with different alterations, proteins and methods of cooking but I have found that this recipe in particular is fresh, chunky and super tasty. - I find Salmon is a rich, oily fish so I like having neutra...

January 7, 2020

Chicken and Mushroom Fettuccine in Broccoli sauce

Do you ever have light bulb moments where your sitting watching TV, cleaning your car or having a shower and suddenly this meal idea just pops into your head like the flick of a switch? or am I the only one that has these? If so, I feel sorry for you because these "light bulb moments" are where my best work flows. Recipe - Broccoli Pasta sauce. - Yeah... I know exactly what your thinking... delicious right! Okay, it doesn't sound the best yet!!!!! but you make this bad boy pasta sauce and add it...

January 5, 2020

Cheesy Potato Bake

Does your Christmas Ham need a friend? I think yes! This Potato Bake is one for the dinner table this season. I love it especially when the cheese gets crunchy and almost char coaled around the edges and the fluffy Agria potatoes soak up the stock and 3 cheeses resulting in a rich, moreish, carb heaven. - ugh my mouth is salivating writing this.  In "chef speak" This dish is called Boulangere Potatoes. Its like a traditional potato bake but cooked with vegetable stock rather than cream. - D...

December 20, 2019

Asian Chicken and Vegetable Stir fried noodles

Everyone who knows me knows that I love a good Market. My favourite Market lately has been the Sunday Avondale Markets in Auckland. Only $2 parking at an old run down racecourse filled with gazebos of fresh produce bins, knock off clothing, accessories and fresh or dried seafood stalls - (the dried seafood stall is the best, the smell is for a strong stomached person only, but wow. the amount of dried seafood you can get is amazing.) It is a place to get everything for cheap. I usually...

November 22, 2019

Mum's Sticky Chicken Nibbles

Okay, so this is a recipe that I hold dear to my heart. Not only because they are chicken nibbles which I am very partial to but, because my beautiful mother has been making this recipe for centuries. Family BBQs.. these are on the table. School events..... these were my 'bring a plate'. Christmas Day breakfast...... you betcha! we ate em.  From memory preparing and marinating these nibbles was always a fine art. It is an over night process but I promise that it is all worth it. These days ...

October 20, 2019

Chocolate Coconut Slice

Who loves coconut? who loves chocolate? who loves chocolate and coconut together?? I DO!This recipe is a childhood favourite. Adding nuts to the base or icing gives it a yummy nutty crunch. It is a super easy and straight forward recipe that requires minimal effort and dishes so win win. Just like my cookie recipe this is one fished out of nana's freezer. A classic morning tea or lunchtime treat. On that note this recipe freezes well for up to 3 weeks- tried and tested by my lovely nana. ...

October 3, 2019

Spiced Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

This salad is super fresh, colourful and nutritious. With Moroccan flavours you will be in love. You could pair it up with some grilled chicken or seafood or have it on its own. Are you on salad duty for a dinner party but don't want to make a normal green salad? make this bad boy! it will be sure to impress the socks off anyone!...

September 29, 2019

Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Tarts

These delicious morsels are my weakness. - Crispy buttery pastry + gooey chocolate ganache + tart fresh raspberries. How could you not love them! A crowd pleaser when entertaining, you will get people wanting the recipe by the end of the night!  $ Cost wise: Cheap - I used store bought sweet pastry for this recipe. It is still cheap if you make the pastry yourself and can be that little bit yummier handmade. If using bought pastry, this recipe consists of only 4 ingredients! less is best in...

August 19, 2019

Lemon and herb butterfly roast chicken

I love a good Sunday roast chicken. Growing up most Sundays consisted of mums roast chicken, potatoes and broccoli cheese. As a child I remember mum would put her chicken on at 4pm and slowly roast it while I'd be up at the table grating cheese for the cheese sauce and peeling potatoes. Her chicken was as simple as it gets. No flavours or spices - just salt. Without fail the skin was crispy, meat was juicy and always a flawless beautiful golden colour. Have I been given her recipe? No. But thank...

August 1, 2019

Homemade Chilli oil

Chilli oil is one of the best oils you could possibly have in your pantry. I put this recipe on EVERYTHING! Pizza, Pasta, Stir fry, Dumplings even my eggs in the morning. I am Addicted.  You can alter this recipe's quantity. I have made an 850ml jar and it will keep perfectly fine in my pantry for 6-9 months, if it lasts that long that is..  This is a basic chilli oil recipe but you could mix it up and add asian flavours like star anise, cinnamon quill and szechuan peppercorns. Complet...

July 29, 2019

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't love a good Choc chip cookie? Such a classic recipe that is always enjoyable with a cuppa tea, or a little treat in the kids lunch box.  I remember waking up on a Sunday at Nana's, putting on an old tatty apron that she wore when she was a kid, pushing the foot stool up to the kitchen bench to stand on,  where she had all the ingredients ready to bake chocolate chip cookies. Was i overly helpful with beating the butter and sugar and mixing the ingredients... maybe not.. was...

April 29, 2019

Chickpea Falafel

Chickpea Falafel are so easy, versatile and packed to the brim with Middle Eastern flavours. I make these little morsels if I'm stuck for a dish to take to a dinner. The ingredients are such pantry staples and very accessible. This dish is simple, easy to throw together and pleases vegetarians and the meat eaters at the table. $ Cost Wise: Cheap - We are talking cheap cheap! A tin of chickpeas cost around $1.79, the rest are all spices and pantry and garden items. ...

April 25, 2019

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Chinese food was always a go to when we had takeaways in my household. On the odd occasion it was a Saturday night treat. Mum would take us down to New Saigon, the local Chinese smorgasbord restaurant and we would pile our containers high until you couldn't close the lid. The options were endless.. Sweet and Sour pork, Combination Fried rice, Egg Foo Young and one of my favourites.. Spring rolls!  When I think of fried spring rolls I think deliciously sautĂ©ed vegetables encased in a crispy...

April 23, 2019

Lamb Neck Chop Casserole

Do you have those certain smells that remind you of home? Those smells that bring back childhood memories and remind you of the good ol days? Of course mine are always food orientated, and this is one of them.  This dish is one that i still hassle my mum to this day about cooking me. Growing up she would make  this for dinner on a Sunday night served with mash potatoes and steamed green beans. She would make this recipe with either Lamb neck chops or shoulder chops - which ever were ch...

April 14, 2019

Prawn Rice paper Rolls

Rice paper rolls are one of my favourites. I make these probably once or twice a week but usually change it up and swap out the prawns for chicken, come summer time I pack them with Avocado because 1 Avo is a healthy fat that is good for your body and diet and 2 because they are gold in vegetable form!  When making this recipe you have so much freedom to mix it up and add the veggies you like. You could even add vermicelli noodles. If my recipe says shredded cabbage you could substitute for...

April 7, 2019

Chocolate, Raspberry and Almond Brownie cakes

These gooey chocolate delights are so easy to whip up for a morning tea or lunch time treat. Have one with a coffee and you will be content.   Ingredients 1/4 C rice bran oil2 large eggs1/4 C melted butter1 tsp vanilla1 C caster sugar1/2 C flour1/4 Teaspoon of baking powder1/3 C dark cocoaPinch of salt Before baking add: Dark or milk chocolate chunks1/4 C sliced almonds12 fresh raspberries Method Preheat oven to 160C fan bake.Grease a 12 hole muffin tray liberally making sure all sides...

April 5, 2019

Banana Loaf

Sunday always seems to be a day where I find inspiration to pick up a whisk and bake.... and this Sunday I did just that. Not only to use up some old brown bananas but also because I was feening for coffee and cake.  Watching the Bananas in my fruit bowl looking terribly sad I decided to make a Banana loaf. Great Jodi, you made a decision! Banana Loaf! .. But not just any banana loaf of course.. while cleaning out the freezer I came across a next to empty bag of Raspberries.. so in they go....

February 25, 2019

Brownies in a Jar

So, I am a Christmas lover! Favourite time of the year. and YES, i am one of those crazy people that makes their gifts by hand for my friends and family. Why you may ask? because i think its sentimental and precious getting something handmade and you save a lot of coin.  You know what makes my hand made gifts the best? they are always FOOD related, never mind Soap and Hand Cream I've made hand made dressed ginger bread men, Assorted chocolate bark, my very own nutty Dukkah mix, home made ch...

January 7, 2019

Balinese Peanut Satay

When i visited Bali earlier in the year i learnt how to make this exact recipe by a gorgeous family at a cooking class in Ubud. And oh my giddy aunt it is delicious! Peanut Satay is again, one of my favourites. This sauce is one that i would bathe in with Roti in one hand a chicken kebab in the other.  When you do make this recipe, which i know you will because lets face it.. who doesn't love Satay? Please listen to the recipe when it says use a "sweet chili". Do not do what i did and ...

December 28, 2018

Thai Green Chicken Curry

Waiter: "yes, ma'am, what would you like to order?" - Jodi: "Green Chicken Curry please"  Waiter: "Mild, Medium or Hot?" Jodi: "HOT please".  I would have to say that this is one of my 'go to' dishes at my local Thai restaurant. Nothing beats it, throw in a Roti and I am done!..  My Green curry is so fresh, spicy and packed full of veggies. Of course hot and spicy is not on everyones pallet so you can manage the spice yourself and make it the way you want it! Follow my recipe and ...

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