Shooting for Miss Delaney #1 Spiced chicken thighs with roast broccoli salad

Delaney's spiced chicken thighs with a roast broccoli salad
Delaney’s spiced chicken thighs with a roast broccoli salad

This wonderful pair of recipes came out in the April 2014 issue of FishHead magazine under Delaney Mes‘ My Kitchen column. She creates recipes, I cook and shoot for her. She lives in Auckland and I live in Wellington but in this day and age of email and DropBox, distance doesn’t matter.

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Christine’s berry sour cream cake

Berry sour cream cake
Christine Hodge’s berry sour cream cake

This berry delicious cake is a masterpiece of Christine Hodge of Fig Tree Cafe in Upper Hutt, Wellington. If you are from Wellington City, it is worth driving 30km north just for a plate of Fig Tree Cafe’s berry sour cream cake, believe me! Christine finally revealed her well-kept secret recipe for the readers of FishHead magazine. She rocks!

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Cinnamon chicken tagine

Cinnamon chicken tagine

For Valentine’s Day, I received three gifts from my gorgeous partner-in-crime JD. First, a flower garden he cultivated in the backyard at 6AM in the morning of Valentine’s Day.

JD and Dolly's Valentine's Day Dinner

Second, a Jamie Oliver-inspired candlelit dinner for two in our kitchen (he cooked 3 dishes in 30 minutes!) and last but not the least, a huge gift-wrapped box. Inside was an orange tagine.

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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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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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Simple joy #18 Leftover turkey pie

Leftover turkey pie
Leftover turkey pies in ramekins
Leftover turkey pie
Leftover turkey pot pie

A week after Christmas and we still had leftover roast turkey lurking in the fridge. Most people would just throw away whatever was left clinging to turkey bones and stuff. But not me. I don’t waste anything worth salvaging. That’s why I love second hand stores.

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