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End of asparagus seaso...

Posted by Peter Carruthers on

End of asparagus season...

Most of us in New Zealand go nuts in spring when asparagus starts to appear in the supermarket. Since the BBQ will already be getting fired up with the warmer weather what better way to prepare them is there than grilled – the charring adds that burst of intensity and...

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The perfect minimalist...

Posted by Peter Carruthers on

The perfect minimalist risotto?

Last weekend I was a preparing dinner with some beef shin that had been butchered by Kumeu Meat Processors. Without me thinking about it, the dear folk there had prepared it bone-in. That means heaps of bone marrow. (image courtesy of Wikipedia)There are plenty of things one can do with marrow but...

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New look classic risotto

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New look classic risotto

Our next shipment is due to arrive shortly and the classic risottos will be sporting new colours. The Italians love their blue. Google tells me it is the colour of the House of Savoy - the royal family prior to becoming a republic; All the packs are deep blue with the...

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Fond memories

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Fond memories

A few decades ago - when I had more hair and fewer kgs - I became very close to an Italian family from the small town of Bellagio in Northern Italy. They lived in a valley (Val Fresca) overlooking the lakefront of Como town, and I had the joy of...

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