Chicken and herbs sausage rolls

Chicken sausage rolls
Chicken sausage rolls

SAUSAGE ROLLS, an all-time Kiwi favourite. They serve it in the office on occasions where snacks* are provided. [*They call it morning tea or afternoon tea.] Never had one. Because the sausage rolls they serve are either beef or pork. I don’t eat meat from four-legged animals.

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Sir Poppy’s Apple Pie

Sir Poppy's Apple Pie
Sir Poppy’s Apple Pie

BAKING is a tricky business. I have so much respect for people who bake. But I stay away from baking for many reasons. One is because it’s too fussy. It’s like a science. You mix, add or substract too much or too little then the balance of nature is disrupted. Two is because of the amount of sugar and fats in the ingredients. I rather not know what’s in my dessert and just enjoy it. Another reason is I’m not sweet-toothed. I don’t crave sweets but there were rare occasions when I would miss something someone baked and I just had to have it again.

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Stir fried udon noodles with fish roe

Udon noodles with fried fish roe
Udon noodles with fried fish roe

This is a quick post with a quick dish and one of my all-time favorites on my Flickr food set. I took the photo above back in December 2009. It was an aha! moment for me. I realized how good natural light can make food look so sexy! Since then I’ve been chasing the light when photographing food.

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Roasted chicken, vine tomatoes and eggplant with caramelized onions and mushrooms

Roasted chicken, vine tomatoes and eggplant with caramelized onions and mushrooms
Roasted chicken, vine tomatoes and eggplant with caramelized onions and mushrooms

I have planned this meal for days. I picked up something in the supermarket that I never knew existed. Brandy butter! What was that? I read the label: sugar, butter (35%), brandy (11%). Alright, I love alcohol in my food so I grabbed a bottle and went home blissfully. For those who didn’t know (maybe just me) – it is sweet! And the strong taste of brandy gives it a kick. [Read more…]