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 …

Where to take your Foodie Mum (or what to buy her) this Mother’s Day

Okay, first thing’s first. It’s REALLY hard for me to write ‘mum’, as mum. I grew up in Canada, and even though I’ve lived the majority of my adult life in New Zealand, I still pause and feel weird spelling it that way. So apologies to MY super MOM, but I will Kiwi-ize this blog so I don’t get made fun …

Cheap and Cheerful – The Best Meals in Auckland for under $15

You know when you’re cooking for just two of you, or for yourself, so you pop down to the food shop to grab a casual few ingredients and end up spending $65? Oh yeah. That bloody truffle brie saw you coming from a mile away, sucker. Step one, just eat it all on the drive home so there’s no evidence. …

The Best Dishes in Auckland – Autumn 2016 Edition

Metro Magazine has just released their list of the Top 50 Restaurants in Auckland for 2016, and in next month’s publication, they will hand out their awards for Best Overall Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Dish. At the moment they have the eight dishes they’ve shortlisted on their Facebook page and voting has just closed (It appears that Pork Belly …

Around the World Dining in Auckland: Le Chef

One of my favourite food memories is this little restaurant in Saint-Emillion in the Bordeaux region of France. It’s full of smokey meat smells and aromas of many things cooked in butter. One of the cooks is slicing charcuterie near where you walk in, and there are a zillion things hanging on the walls that you suspect might be edible and are …

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 …

Where to find Bluff Oysters in Auckland this season

*2017 update, everything is current for this year’s Bluff Oyster season which begins 3rd March*   Oh friends. Haven’t you heard the good news? It’s the start of March! And you know what that means…. BLUFF OYSTER SEASON! If you’re rewriting your entire monthly schedule to fit in as many of these beautiful suckers as you can, and you live …

The Best Food in Madrid (A Food Photo Love Story)

Spain is one of my favourite countries. Barcelona, in particular has absolutely captured my heart and when I travelled there a couple years ago, I didn’t want to leave. Actually, we ended up flagging Madrid to spend another week in Barcelona, as Festa Major de Gracia was on, and I can’t even begin to tell you how fun that was …

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 …

All I Want For Christmas: Gift Ideas For Foodies

Do you have a Secret Santa coming up and have no idea what to buy for them? Significant other who loves getting down and dirty in the kitchen?  (Because they are mixing dough with their hands or something, come on guys).  When I Google “Foodie Christmas Gifts” most of the suggestions are really dumb. Think, use once and put in …

The Best Auckland Restaurants that are Open During the Holidays

It’s nearly that time of year. Everyone goes full swing into crazy mode, wrapping paper looks like it’s exploded everywhere, little Jimmy has mashed his potatoes all over the carpet and although it seemed like a good idea at the time, those Christmas crackers with the glitter inside have you googling the inventor (so you can track them down and …

Food with a Story: Hart Mind + Food

Linz Hart-MacDiarmid has been involved with food for a long time. Her most recent adventure has been starting up the business Hart Mind + Food based in KeriKeri, which has been in operation since the beginning of October last year. Offering food delivery free of charge to the Auckland and Northland regions, she also has a weekly stall at the KeriKeri markets. Her main driver has …

Food Delivery 101: WOOP! (World on our Plate)

WOOP is the newest kid on the food delivery block, although owner Thomas Dietz isn’t new to industry. The French/New Zealander is behind a line of ready made meals inspired by French cuisine that you might have seen at the supermarket, TOMeTTE. WOOP is an acronym for World On Our Plate. A food delivery service, they create three semi-made meals inspired by cuisines from …

The Best Japanese Restaurants in Auckland

If you asked me what my favourite type of cuisine was in the entire world, I would say Italian. But you can’t really eat a bowl of pasta every day, unless you have Italian blood (tomato sauce) running through your veins. My second favourite cuisine is Japanese. Easily. And unless I’m missing something – it’s a way healthier option to tuck into …

Enthusiastic Food of the Week – Round 2

  It’s time for another weekly* instalment of “Enthusiastic Food of the Week”!   (*I know this is only the second time I’ve done this, but let’s pretend I’m more organised.)     Zany Zeus have an entire range of cheeses and cultured products. My favourites are the greek yoghurt (thick and traditional, and miles ahead of any other yoghurt I’ve …

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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 …