“Dirty” bulgur with roast chicken (Red bulgur bi jara)

This dish was originally prepared in a clay pot, hence the term “bi jara”, or “from the clay oven” in the recipe’s name. My version differs from the original, not only in that I have used a regular saucepan instead of a clay pot, but also because I have ‘dirtied’ the rice. A friend of […]

Festive feasting

Christmas; it’s almost inextricably connected to food. And, while there will no doubt be the traditional ham, fruitcake and mini mince pies on the table this year, the festive season is also an opportunity to mix things up. We’ve pulled together our favourite ways to do just that.     When it comes to Christmas […]

Salad Season

‘tis the season of backyard barbecues and beachside picnics. We’ve pulled together summer’s hottest selection of seasonal salads to make eating well, easy!     RAW BROCCOLI & SMOKED SALMON Packed with all the goodies – including fibre, protein, iron and a bunch of B vitamins – raw broccoli makes the perfect salad. Pair it […]

Sticky soy chicken with sesame noodles

Serves 4 PHOTOGRAPHY: CON POULOS RECIPES AND STYLING: DONNA HAY   Ingredients 1 tbsp light-flavoured extra virgin olive oil 150g (5¼ oz) dried soba noodles, cooked 2 zucchini shredded using a julienne peeler 2 tbsp white or black sesame seeds coriander (cilantro) leaves, to serve chicken meatballs 600g (1 lb ¼ oz) chicken mince ¼ […]

Chicken Musakhan: Recipe

  Ingredients 1 chicken (about 1.7kg), divided into 4 pieces (1.4kg) or 1kg chicken breasts (between 4 and 6, depending on size), skin on, if you prefer 120ml olive oil, plus 2–3 tbsp extra, to finish 1 tbsp ground cumin 3 tbsp sumac ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground allspice 30g pine nuts 3 […]

All wrapped up

From tex-mex chicken to colourful rainbow veg – we’ve got healthy dinners all wrapped up. It’s time to liven up your dinner plate and lunchbox with some inspired wrap fillings.     SPICY VEGETABLE AND PANEER WRAPS: Master Chef Gordon Ramsay turned his talented hand to creating this tasty Indian street food inspired wrap, packed […]

Moroccan Charred Chicken Skewers with Herby Labneh: The Collective

Moroccan flavours are the ultimate way to add flavour to chicken and we’ve got a nice, easy recipe for you to follow.     Ingredients:  Labneh: • 400g tub The Collective Straight Up Unsweetened Yoghurt • 1 clove garlic, minced • ½ tsp dried oregano • ½ tsp dried thyme • Pinch of chilli flakes […]

Unsurpassed medley of rotisserie delights

If you seek evidence that Christchurch has come of age as a cosmopolitan melting pot with its own unique buzz, look no further than Cluck Cluck Slurp.   Naturally at home in the Riverside Farmers’ Market, Cluck Cluck Slurp is the brainchild of Joe Ye (of Chinese descent), Madlen Shaw (German born) and Wayne Shaw […]

Marinated Chicken

Marinated Chicken with coconut lime dressing

 Ingredients  Serves  4-6 1.5 kg chicken drumsticks scored 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 cup (125 g) coconut yoghurt 1 teaspoon each of ground coriander, ground cumin, sweet paprika and garam masala 1 small red onion, grated 1 tablespoon lime juice Coconut lime dressing 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut Zest and juice of […]