December / January: Magazine Recipes

While most of New Zealand enjoyed their long summer break I was toiling away on assignments (due late December and mid-January) for my second Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism paper, catching up with overseas visitors and flat tack with my day job so decided the Blog needed a holiday too.

But that didn’t mean cooking from favourite magazines or experimenting with new ideas and flavour combinations took a back seat.  Here’s a round-up of some of the magazine recipes used over the holiday season.

Christmas Day

Planning food for Christmas Day is something I thoroughly enjoy.  My family have got used to be allocated tasks or acting as sous chefs on the day.  This year we kept the menu simple:

Fragrant spicy rub

Fragrant spicy rub

  • Whole BBQ snapper stuffed with fresh thyme, garlic and limes and served with a sauce verte (Cuisine Magazine November 2015 #173)
Fresh snapper

Fresh snapper

Sauce verte

Sauce verte

  • Raw Zucchini, Asparagus and Apple Salad with Shredded Mozzarella and Israeli Couscous, an adaptation of a salad from Dish #57
  • Beetroot & pumpkin salad with sumac yoghurt & pomegranate dressing from Taste Magazine #112
Lemon pavlova from Simply Nigella

Lemon pavlova from Simply Nigella

Comfort Food

It’s not very often that you’ll find me whipping up a beef and mushroom stew, let alone in the height of summer but with a friend just out of hospital requesting some comfort food (her partner is vegetarian) I turned to a winter issue #61 of Dish magazine for inspiration. Loosely based on a beef, mushroom and oyster dish, I omitted the oysters, doubled the amount of portobello mushrooms then late in the cooking added a can of cannellini beans to make it a complete meal, ready to reheat and eat.  And it was freezer friendly too.

Beef and mushroom stew

Beef and mushroom stew

Milestone Birthday Celebration

Towards the end January we celebrated a very dear family friend’s 97th birthday with Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Cake from Dish Magazine #50 (recipe here).  Using the freshest rhubarb, picked straight from the garden, the lightly spiced rhubarb syrup drizzled over the cake before serving makes the citrus and poppy seed cake beautifully moist, with the yogurt and sour cream layers a welcome change from whipped cream.

Rhubarb Poppy Seed Cake with yoghurt and sour cream

Rhubarb Poppy Seed Cake with yoghurt and sour cream

Fish Tacos: Favourite Summer Dish So Far

Sticky and humid summer evenings in Auckland call for less time in the kitchen and time spent outside searching for that elusive breeze.  Here’s my take on fish tacos. Wrap the soft tacos in foil and warm in a slow oven.  Finely slice red cabbage and carrots. Pan fry snapper fillets, lightly seasoned with cumin and lemon.  Place on a bed of raw cabbage and carrots on each taco. Top with a punchy and fragrant coriander, lime and chilli mango salsa (recipe on instagram) and slices of ripe avocado.  Tightly wrap up your taco – dinner prepped, cooked and ready to eat in under 30 minutes.  Perfect for long summer evenings.

Coriander, lime and chilli mango salsa

Coriander, lime and chilli mango salsa

Spicy fish tacos

Spicy fish tacos

Looking forward to Waitangi Weekend and cooking up a storm.

Michelle

November: Magazine Recipes

With two weekends away in November – caught up with friends in the Bay of Plenty and had a fabulous afternoon with Unna Burch from The Forest Cantina at her food styling workshop in Tauranga, then last weekend, a long weekend in Wellington – there has been plenty of eating out and little time to discover new recipes.

So funnily enough both recipes this month (yes there are only two) are from “Flash in the Pan” in the latest Cuisine Magazine (#173 Christmas issue) where Olivia Andrews delivered quick and clever midweek ideas. There were leftovers for lunch the next day too.

First up was ‘Cauliflower Steaks with Haloumi, Spinach and Almond Salad’.  Not a piece of meat in sight so perfect for meatless Mondays.  Couldn’t resist topping with early season fresh asparagus too so really was a complete meal; simply delicious cold the next day too. Key trick to the steak was to ensure that a chunky piece of core held the florets together. 

Meat free Mondays... cauliflower, asparagus, haloumi and spinanch

Meat free Mondays... cauliflower, asparagus, haloumi and spinanch

Just opened the Cuisine Magazine to ensure the descriptions are correct and realised the recipes are side-by-side on the same page – that’s definitely a first! ‘Dukkak Crusted Chicken with Pistachio Potatoes & Herbed Yoghurt’ hit the mark – prepped and on the table in under 40 minutes.  Crispy new potatoes served with pan fried chicken breasts sprinkled with Maggie Beer dukkah – a souvenir from my Master of Gastronomic Tourism residential trip to Adelaide earlier in the year.  Dressed with a honey, lemon and herb infused yoghurt and a scattering of fresh herbs.  Certainly wasn’t complaining about cold sliced chicken served on salad greens with tomatoes the next day either.

Honey, lemon and herb infused yoghurt 

Honey, lemon and herb infused yoghurt 

Dukkah crusted chicken

It’s hard to believe there are less than 20 sleeps until Christmas.  If you’re anything like me, Christmas shopping is still on the “to do” list but menu planning for the big day is almost done; it’s important to delegate some tasks when you’re working up until 23 December. Promise to share our Christmas menu soon.

Keep your eyes peeled for more on the blog about those weekends away... coming soon.

Michelle

July: Magazine Recipes

Sshhh... opportunities to utilise July’s post-it marked recipes while away on short breaks in the Bay of Plenty and Waiheke Island with friends were squandered. On the flip side, four new recipes were devoured and June’s Chicken Sausages with Lentils, Walnuts and Feta from Dish Issue 60 June / July 2015, a hit last month, was made again.

Lazy Sunday Night Fare

Wow!  Taste magazine’s stunning cover ‘Trio of sugars’ cake with caramel pears caught my eye but recreating that cover would need to wait for a special occasion.  One wintry afternoon snuggled on the couch with a coffee, Katie Quinn Davies’ article Italian love affair hooked me in – Spaghetti with tomato, bacon, capers and mint. A quick trip to the supermarket, bacon swapped for chicken bacon, this winter-warming dish will most definitely get made again.

Prep done...

Prep done...

The new look Taste magazine The July / August Issue 112 is on sale now or if you can’t wait, the recipe is on Katie’s website:

What Katie Ate » Spaghetti with tomato, bacon, mint and capers

Spaghetti with tomatoes bacon capers and mint

Spaghetti with tomatoes bacon capers and mint

Easy Mid-week Vegetarian Dinner

For an easy mid-week vegetarian dinner you can’t go past the Roasted Cauliflower and Sage Butter Chickpeas from Farro Fresh’s Winter Feast magazine (available in stores). The herbaceous buttery sauce transformed the cauliflower and chickpeas into a tasty wholesome dish – perfect on its own or served as a side dish with pan fried fish.  Simply scrumptious!

Simmering sage butter

Simmering sage butter

Roasted cauliflower with sage butter chickpeas

Roasted cauliflower with sage butter chickpeas

Family Dinner

Thick stalks of rhubarb from a friend’s Waiheke garden deserved something more than a crumble. Family for Sunday night dinner provided the perfect excuse for a two courses.  Chicken with Mushrooms and Tarragon Dish Issue 60 June / July 2015 worked a treat as our main, served on a bed of quinoa with brown and black rice. There was even enough for leftovers for lunch the next day.

Chicken with mushroom and tarragon

Chicken with mushroom and tarragon

Having never attempted a clafoutis before the texture of the Rhubarb and Apple Clafoutis from Cuisine Magazine July 2015 was unexpected – the pudding was punctured with fragrant vanilla bean and best served warm with runny cream. The dessert is free of refined sugar too!

Mascerating the rhubarb

Mascerating the rhubarb

Rhubarb and Apple Clafoutis

Rhubarb and Apple Clafoutis

While you get so many more recipes from the printed magazines, for some immediate inspiration or more online recipes:

Farro Fresh – Your Everyday Fresh Market

Taste - Recipes | Baking | How to cook

Dish: Good Enough to Eat

Cuisine News | Stuff.co.nz

Enjoy your Sunday. I’m making time to mark recipes in the latest pile of food magazines!

Michelle