Fruity summer delights

Stone fruit is one of the great joys of summertime. Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots; there is no need to mess with the delectable flavours of these beauties, which can be enjoyed fresh all summer. If you want to create stone fruit magic in the kitchen, the options are deliciously endless. So too are ways to […]

A true Greek delight: Athens Yacht Club

A whole lot of passion and love goes into creating the Greek destination that is The Athens Yacht Club. Beautiful food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere make the restaurant a standout in Christchurch’s dining scene, that has people coming back time and time again. Its specialty is Greek cuisine, offered with professional service and a […]

Summer essentials

With the festive season behind us and several weeks still to enjoy summer, it’s a terrific time to stock up on some essentials that are great in the outdoors while adding a touch of luxury to outings and activities. The great outdoors, doesn’t mean you have to forgo great coffee too. Aeropress Go is perfect […]

Lemongrass mussels: Everdure by Heston

Ingredients Coconut reduction • 2g cardamom pods • 40g lemongrass • 1 kaffir lime leaves • 2g coriander seeds • 400g coconut milk • 160g coconut cream Mussels and mussel juice • 500g mussels • 100g white wine Mussel ‘stew’ • 1 Tbsp olive oil • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped • 5g […]

Vodka & Italian blood orange: Fever-Tree

This simple drink embraces the well-rounded natural flavours of rich, juicy oranges and aromatic herbs. Together, the combination creates a sweetness even the zesty lemon garnish can’t take away. • 50ml Vodka • Fever-Tree Italian Blood Orange Soda, to top up • Twist of lemon peel, to garnish Add the vodka to a copa or […]

Fish Nicoise Salad with Crispy White Beans and Mustard Mayo

Courtesy of My Food Bag Ingredients Salad 1 can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed 2 tsp oil 2 eggs 200g green beans 1 lettuce, roughly chopped 4 tomatoes cut into wedges 2 tsp white wine vinegar Fish 600g market fish French seasoning (1 tsp lemon pepper, 1/2 tsp dried tarragon, 1/4 tsp ground fennel, 1/4 […]

Gingerbread goodness

Gingerbread houses are the epitome of Christmas nostalgia for many and are a festive way for families to spend time together and creating these holidays. For me, it is a family tradition to build a gingerbread house with my mum and sister and even though we are all apart this year, it is still on […]

Creamy lemon bars with browned butter raspberries

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest Ingredients  1 sleeve Ritz crackers, finely crushed into crumbs (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups crushed crackers) 6 Tbsp salted butter, melted 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 large egg + 2 large egg yolks 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp lemon zest 1 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice 1 […]

Liquorice allsorts

One of the lovely recipes in ‘Harbour Kitchens Another Helping’ cookbook, published by the Lyttelton Education Charitable Trust as a fundraiser for Lyttelton Primary School. This recipe came from Ann Stanaway through a Christmas workshop in the late 1990s run by the Well Women’s Group. It has become a family tradition to make these every […]

Hop along to Gebbies Valley: The White Rabbit Garden Cafe

Follow the three lop eared rabbits to a place just far enough away and still close enough for an easy day trip in the school holidays. The White Rabbit Garden Cafe is adored by children. It is home to Carrot, Blue and Basil who live in their own cottage, at the bottom of a run. […]