Super soups

  Warming, refreshing, delicious and simple to make, soups are a true one-pot wonder, and just as we embrace the cooler weatherof winter, it’s time to embrace creativitywith your winter soup repertoire. Here is Metropol’s round up for some easy soup-spiration for the cooler months ahead.     GREEN GOODNESS Eating your greens is an […]

Apple & feijoa crumble

Grandma’s recipe for traditional apple crumble can be given a new twist by adding feijoas or other fruit to the mix.   INGREDIENTS 4 apples, peeled and sliced 8 medium feijoas, peeled and sliced or pulped 1 cup water ½ cup lemon juice 3 tbsp brown sugar Pinch of salt Crumble ½ cup standard grade […]

Thai red curry recipe: 100% NZ Pork

This silky red curry packs tonnes of flavour and is so simple to make.     INGREDIENTS 500g New Zealand pork loin cut into strips 2 tbsp peanut oil ¼ cup red curry paste 400ml coconut milk 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tsp brown sugar 1 cup green or red capsicum, sliced 1 cup green […]

Green goodness lemon and parmesan risotto

INGREDIENTS  3 tbsp butter or neutral oil 2 onions, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1½ cups risotto rice ½ cup white wine 6 cups hot gluten-free vegetable stock, plus a little extra if needed 1 tsp salt ground black pepper, to taste 4 handfuls baby spinach leaves 2 cups frozen peas, thawed 1 cup […]

Chocolate & almond butter swirl brownies

  INGREDIENTS For the chocolate batter 200g dark chocolate, chopped into 5mm chunks (150g for melting, the rest for the top) 100g coconut oil 100g white spelt flour 100g golden caster sugar ½ tsp baking powder 2 organic eggs, or 8 tsp flaxseed 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste For the almond butter batter 75g […]

“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 […]

Cardamom + dark chocolate “cheesecake” bars

  Gluten-free | Makes 12–14 slices | Vegan Method: Start this recipe the night before to soak the cashews. To make the cheesecake base, line a 28cm x 18cm slice tin with baking paper, overlapping the sides by 2cm. Put the pitted dates, almonds and melted coconut oil into a food processor and pulse until […]

Quintessential quiche

Quiche, whether served hot or room temperature, is a versatile vessel for abundant autumnal fillings. Packed for a picnic, prepared for a party or famished family, local seasonal ingredients come alive when encased in a flaky or buttery shell.     With origins in Germany and France, it’s the Kiwi-as ingredients that have revitalised the […]

Jambalaya in a jiffy: United Fisheries

Recipe supplied by United Fisheries     Serves 4-6 | Prep 20 mins | Cook 30 mins INGREDIENTS Cooking oil 4 rashers streaky bacon, cut into 2cm pieces 5 Hellers Spanish Chorizo sausages, sliced 1cm thick 1 large onion, roughly chopped ½ green capsicum, diced ½ red capsicum, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1 ½ […]

Choc-tail masterclass

While the Easter holiday means different things to everyone, there’s no doubt the long weekend as we know it is about indulging with loved ones. So, Metropol has gone on an Easter egg hunt for the chocolatey cocktails to try this long weekend.     SHOOT THE EGG, NOT THE BUNNY The ultimate adult chocolate […]