Chocolate pudding with strawberry jam and poached fig

Chocolate pudding with strawberry jam and poached fig
Chocolate pudding with strawberry jam and poached fig

This is a fusion of two different desserts. The chocolate pudding idea is from Whittaker’s A Passion for Chocolate. In the book, Tom Hutchinson from Capitol, one of Wellington’s most acclaimed restaurants, shared a soft-centered chocolate pudding recipe.

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Turkey bolognese

Turkey Bolognese
Turkey Bolognese

I have been cooking different variations of turkey mince spaghetti for as long as I can remember and they were all good, but this is the best of the best I’ve ever made. Perhaps it’s the grocery-bought tomato sauce with red wine, or the mix of fresh herbs, or the grated carrots, or the red wine vinegar. Whatever it is that made the difference, I’m sticking to the recipe and I’m sharing it with you!

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Date cake with ginger wine and coconut sauce

Date cake with ginger wine and coconut sauce

Every time I browse through Donna Hay magazines, I get awestruck. The photos are fantastic, the slow-animation effects on their iPad app are out of-this-world amazing. But what about the recipes, are they as good as they appear to be? Actually, I haven’t tried one until now.

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Joshua Dodd’s heritage tomato, wild herb and goat’s cheese salad

Joshua Dodd's heritage tomato, wild herb and goat's cheese salad
Joshua Dodd’s heritage tomato, wild herb and goat’s cheese salad.

DISCLAIMER: There is no way I can arrange salad on a plate this good! Head chef Joshua Dodd of FoxGlove Bar and Kitchen prepared this for our photo shoot for FishHead magazine.

It’s the love month so here’s a Valentine-themed recipe. If you’re a guy and you want to impress your girl other than with a bouquet of flowers, why not make this special salad with wild flowers in it?  Or if you’re a girl and you want to impress your guy other than with the scent of flowers in your hair, why not make this special salad with wild flowers in it? Makes sense?

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JD’s lemon and coconut cake

Lemon and coconut cake
Lemon and coconut cake

After a fervent search for a lemon and coconut cake recipe, I finally settled for Katie Quinn Davies’ http://www.whatkatieate.com/recipes/gluten-free-lemon-and-coconut-cake. Her cake looked SO WILD I just had to shoot something like it. So I handed over the recipe to my master baker and he took out the food processor which started whirling soon enough. He was like a boy with a new toy.

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JD’s bread pudding II

Bread pudding with raisins
Bread pudding with raisins

Making bread pudding is a great way to recycle unwanted or leftover bread that would otherwise be thrown away. I always keep stale bread in the freezer. JD used them all up when he made bread pudding the first time. I had one shot of what was left of the pudding. It went fast and furious, from the oven to our stomachs. Then he did it again! This time I had the chance to play with my camera and props before we consumed it.

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Easy herbed booze bread

Easy orange ginger cider bread with kawakawa and basil
Easy orange ginger cider bread with kawakawa and basil

Kawakawa bread! It’s a long time coming. This super plant kawakawa has made several appearances on this blog. The peppermint after-taste makes this booze bread truly remarkable. JD scored high with this one!

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Easy Brazilian cheese bread (Pao de Queijo)

Easy Brazilian cheese bread (Pao de Queijo)

JD’s version of another wonderful easy recipe from a rock star of a food photographer, my idol Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate.  The main and most important ingredient is tapioca starch which you can easily find in Asian stores. If you want to make gluten-free cheese bread, you’d love Katie’s Pao de queijo recipe!

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Simple joy #19 Black bean brownies with peppermint

Black bean brownies with peppermint
Black bean brownies with peppermint

Once I tasted this black bean brownie in Lara Ferroni’s Portland studio, I promised myself that I would make it once I returned to Wellington. I’ve tried other recipes for black bean brownies and this is the first time I’ve followed a brownie recipe to the letter, except I used Whittaker’s 72% Cocoa Ghana Peppermint chocolate instead of any other regular chocolate chips (I can’t help it. It’s my favourite chocolate.)

AWESOME is all I can say of this healthy, vegan-friendly, gluten-free brownies!

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