Jamie Oliver’s Hot Cross Buns Recipe (or a great example of why I don’t bake)

A bit of disclosure: I am not a great baker. I started off writing this blog post after searching the web for a tasty Hot Cross Buns recipe, following the instructions exactly and making some pretty scrummy buns. “I am amazing! Baking isn’t THAT hard! I can follow a recipe, hah!” The first round were inhaled, so, following the same …

daikon recipe - cooking classes auckland

Vegetables that you shouldn’t be afraid of. (plus recipes!)

Look. I get it. Daikon is weird looking. You’re probably looking at it without even knowing it’s daikon. Or you’ve never heard of daikon. It’s just some giant tubular white thing that you may or may not be making jokes about. There are quite a few vegetables that when I go to the supermarket to purchase, I need to tell the checkout …

Easy Sausage Pasta Recipe

If you want an upgrade on the good old spaghetti bolognese, this sausage pasta recipe will make your tummy sing. Actually it will make it shout, demanding seconds. It’s simple to make, stores well and is super tasty for leftovers the next day. Don’t worry about getting your chopping precise, rustic chops will be fine. Enjoy the delicious goodness! Easy …

Spring Onion Pancake Recipe - Auckland Cooking Classes

My Favourite Snack: Spring Onion Pancake Recipe

Back where I’m from in Canada, we have a large Chinese population. Chinese food was a huge part of my (takeaway) life when I was a kid and the food stalls at festivals always served the favourites. The biggest favourite (judging by all the queues) was the spring onion pancakes. Fried little circles of dough, packed with spring onions with a …

Guacamole recipe - auckland cooking classes

The Best Guacamole Recipe Ever

You know all those times when you’ve been invited to a friend’s for a BBQ, and they are all like: “Nah! Don’t bring anything!” But when you arrive, everyone else has brought something and then you feel like a cheap arse? Not that this has happened to me, I’m just saying, like hypothetically. For a friend. Other times, you don’t even …

The Best Corn Fritters Recipe Ever – Indonesian style (Vegan & GF)

I have three true food loves. Italian, which I will happily make or eat. Japanese, which I will happily eat but when I make it, it looks like cat food. And Indonesian, which I have just started to get comfortable cooking in the last few years. Indonesian food is delicious – nasi goreng, sambal, satay, beef rendang – and those …

Mushroom, Hazelnut and Bacon Lasagne Recipe

So there are a few things I really like in life. I like Pasta. (See? I like it so much I capitalised it). And I like bacon. So when I’m feeling like a easy yummy meal, my go to is typically carbonara. This what I was thinking on the drive to New World last week, after working late, feeling shattered …

Rick Stein’s Indonesian Seafood Curry Recipe

I decided to leave my Saturday night dinner up to my Facebook followers this week. Because, well why not? I recent bought Rick Stein’s Fish and Shellfish cookbook which is super rad and wanted to try out something new. So I asked for random page numbers and picked one from those. I could have gone the fish soup route, or …

The Best (and Easiest) Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe Ever

I went to the Avondale Markets last weekend. If you haven’t been yet, GO. But first, a few tips: don’t wear jandals unless you want your feet run over by little old ladies with wheelie bags and sharp elbows. Bring your own reuseable bag to make carrying stuff easier (or wheelie bag and you can be the runner over-er). And …

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The Best Fresh Pasta Recipe Ever: Stuffed Ravioli with Sage Burnt Butter

I bought a pasta maker about a year ago because it was on sale at Stevens for $29.99. I thought this was a small enough investment for another piece of kitchen equipment that had the potential to get lost in the cupboard black abyss. But shockingly this was a really great purchase because, get this – making pasta is easy. Like, really, really …

Eggs, glorious eggs.

Oh my lawd, I love eggs. I was going to incorporate eggs into my post on food obsessions, but that was more about short term food love affairs and this is one serious monogamous relationship I’ve got going with eggs. Is there anything greater than eggs? The answer is no. There is not. Stop fighting it. I eat eggs almost …

Salmon Gravlax Recipe - Cooking Classes Auckland

The Best Salmon Gravlax recipe in the world

One of the yummiest things I like to do, is visit Best Ugly Bagels in City Works Depot and chow down on a King Bagel (Salmon, capers, red onion and cream cheese). This is actually a pretty easy thing to recreate, especially since you can pick up a pack of Best Ugly bagels from New World or Farro. But hang on. …