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Recipes from Elsewhere

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Culinary ideas picked up from various places around the world, most very easily made with readily available ingredients and a bit of effort -- which will be rewarded when you sit and enjoy your labours.

Try these, and send in your recipes (and the story behind them). You'll get full credit. Let's share the chow-down Elsewhere experiences.

Beef stir-fry with peppers by Womad 2014 guest Abundance Mutori of Mokoomba

Beef stir-fry with peppers by Womad 2014 guest Abundance Mutori of Mokoomba

Bassist Abundance Mutori of the Zimbabwean band Mokoomba is bound to brew up a musical stew when the band play at Womad in March (dates below), but he's also happy to offer this, the recipe for a favourite meal. Mutori, age 23, is currently living in Harare, Zimbabwe but "I grew up in small town called Victoria Falls also known by the local name Mosi-oa-Tunya which means the smoke... more >>

Njoka

Sweet Kale Salad by Womad 2014 guest Makana from Hawaii

Sweet Kale Salad by Womad 2014 guest Makana from Hawaii

Hawaiian guitarist Makana -- who is one of the guests at the forthcoming Womad in Taranaki -- offers a slack-key style of blues, jazz, Hawaiian and bluegrass sounds. He turned professional when he was 14 and recently was nominated for a Grammy for his contributions to the soundtrack of the George Clooney film, set in Hawaii, The Descendants. He's a man who also liks fresh food and so... more >>

Deep in an Ancient Hawaiian Forest

Lucio's trenette al pesto (trenette with pesto sauce)

Lucio's trenette al pesto (trenette with pesto sauce)

What constitutes a great restaurant? Not just superb food . . . but the atmosphere, surely? Lucio's Italian in Sydney (see their website here) has won me every time on both counts (and interesting wine from Lucio's region of Liguria) and I've written about it before as a travel story (here). It's also like an art gallery-cum-restaurant, or vice-versa. So when the wonderfully... more >>

Sue's homemade limoncello

Sue's homemade limoncello

Few homemade liqueurs are the equal of a good limoncello, and this speciality of central Italy can be very easy to make. The secret we tell you immediately is to invest in a decent vodka. I've tried it with cheap ones -- I was just being cheap -- and the results were dire. But this sure-fire recipe which Sue passes on I have made, and used a decent vodka. The results were excellent... more >>

Dee's classic Kiwi cheese rolls

Dee's classic Kiwi cheese rolls

Dee says having spent the first 10 years of her life in Southland, every Kiwi should experience the warming delights of cheese rolls. Winter is a comin' on folks and Dee recommends this simple recipe to accompany lazing on the couch under a blanket watching the warm glow of the fire . . . or television set.  INGREDIENTS 1 packet onion soup 2 ½ cups grated tasty... more >>

Ben Batterbury's Venison Tartare With Blackcurrants, Gin And Chocolate

Ben Batterbury's Venison Tartare With Blackcurrants, Gin And Chocolate

In May 2011, 32-year old Bristol-born Ben Batterbury, the head chef at Queenstown's prestigious hotel The Rees, presented a menu of New Zealand flavours at the famous Beard House in New York, the home for food writers and chefs in America. His dishes were much acclaimed and the whole event received great press (see here for an example), yet Batterbury -- when I met him at The Rees in the... more >>

Moroccan Roast Beef inna barbecue style

Moroccan Roast Beef inna barbecue style

If you don't have a barbecue with a lid you might want to do this one in the oven, but there is nothing quite like the steamy aroma of the Moroccan flavours when you open the lid to check on this one. That'll have guests working up an appetite. This is a somewhat cobbled together recipe from a number of sources, but it works and should serve four to six, especially if you have a side... more >>

Wicked Chicken: soul funk for the barbecue

Wicked Chicken: soul funk for the barbecue

Many years ago Rhino Records -- a reissue label out of LA -- put out a booklet-cum-CD package of old soul and funk with an eating theme, specifically food for barbecues. Tracks on the CDs included Hot Barbecue by Brother Jack McDuff, Grits (James Brown), Chicken Strut (the Meters), Jambalaya on the Bayou (Fats Domino) and so on. You get the picture: tasty music and, in the recipes supplied... more >>

Elsewhere's Wish You Were Here cocktail for summer

Elsewhere's Wish You Were Here cocktail for summer

There are few things more pleasant than gently frying your brain in the summer sun (with Factor 5 and a hat of course), so in the interests of public health Elsewhere offers this recipe for a snappy cocktail which might have you talkin' trash, but no matter. No one will remember anyway. This we like because it is simple. You will need some good quality tequila, limes and Kahlua. And good... more >>

Elvis' Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

Elvis' Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

Nobody in their right mind would want to follow Elvis' eating regime, but every once in a while maybe you should live like a King. This was one of his favourite recipes and I got it off an oven mitt I bought at Graceland. Sharing the secret! INGREDIENTS Two large bananas Six slices of white bread Half a cup of butter A cup of peanut butter METHOD Peel and mash the... more >>

James' authentically Thai chicken

James' authentically Thai chicken

James Lantana -- more correctly Somsak Lantana -- is my Thai neighbour who was a chef back home, came to New Zealand about 12 years ago, worked in kitchens all around Auckland. It is one of the great delights of my life to invite James and his Japanese wife Nana over for dinner -- because James always insists on not only cooking, but also bringing all the ingredients. He has generously... more >>

Barbecued Duck Breasts

Barbecued Duck Breasts

These days I, like most people, can toss together a very serviceable and reasonably impressive red curry with duck in just a matter of minutes. It helps when you have a shop selling cooked duck within a few minutes walk. But this recipe is something rather more challenging and I have to admit I stole it from a calendar that we were sent about two years ago. Goes great with raman noodles... more >>

Prawns in Red Curry Sauce

Prawns in Red Curry Sauce

Cannot tell a lie, I borrowed this one from a CD-cum-recipe set in the generic series called The Ideal . . . Dinner Party, and you fill in the gap there with Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican or French. The accompanying CD is gentle dinner party ambient music which refers too those regions. The chef whose name is attached to the series is Bettina Samain and with the Thai one she... more >>

generic thai music

 Llew's pork & prune medley, from the Republic of SunnyO

Llew's pork & prune medley, from the Republic of SunnyO

Andrew Llewellyn who contributes this makes an excellent point when he says, "is there any meal that cannot be vastly improved by the addition of bacon?" Read on and you will see that Andrew is a pig man, but believe me this is elegantly simple and absolutely delicious. You can also do it slowly on a barbeque. INGREDIENTS  Pork fillets sausage meat a cup or so of... more >>

Pollo Adobo (chicken, Filipino style)

Pollo Adobo (chicken, Filipino style)

Alan offers this alarmingly simple recipe for a chicken dish from the Philippines. Couldn't be easier -- or more tasty. INGREDIENTS 4 skinned chicken breasts 1 cup water 1 cup white vinegar 3 tbsp light soy sauce 3 bay leaves 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tbsp ground black pepper 1 tbsp oil Rice enough for four people. METHOD Cut chicken into serving size... more >>

Hot Smoked Salmon Pasta

Hot Smoked Salmon Pasta

Cannot tell a lie, this one is lifted directly from the Salmonman flier that we picked up somewhere. Salmonman sells all kinds of salmon -- from smoked fillets to steaks and marinated kebabs -- as well as prawns and shrimps. And delivers to your door in New Zealand. Check out the website here. This one was dead easy, as you may see. It is rich, but delicious. INGREDIENTS... more >>

Chilli lime Thai fish with coriander, by James

Chilli lime Thai fish with coriander, by James

James is my Thai friend and a wonderful chef (see his Authetically Thai Chicken recipe), and this is a rare treat. It helps in the presentation to have one of those fish-shaped trays with candles underneath to keep the dish warm on the table, and should definitely be served with sticky rice because the sauce is sublime. There are also ingredients here which might mean you have to make a... more >>

Scotty's salmon'n'scallop filo gateau with a capsicum dill buerre blanc

Scotty's salmon'n'scallop filo gateau with a capsicum dill buerre blanc

This superb and astonishingly easy recipe comes courtesy of Scotty Newcombe, chef at Lake Brunner Lodge in the South Island of New Zealand. Lake Brunner Lodge is one of those ideal retreats where you have nature on your doorstep and you can fish for brown trout or salmon, wander through the bush or along the shores of photogenic Lake Brunner, or just indulge in the peaceful ambience of the... more >>

Crispy'n'chilli squid

Crispy'n'chilli squid

Cannot tell a lie, this is a variation on something from Nigella Bites -- but with a twist. Real tasty starter, but it does involve gettin' squishy with it because you really do need fresh squid which you have to clean and take out all the yucky and hard bits -- like excrement and eyes. But really, it's worth it in the end. INGREDIENTS Three medium-sized whole squid (ie. tubes about... more >>

Greg's wife's Kotosoupa Avgolemono (chicken soup with egg and lemon sauce)

Greg's wife's Kotosoupa Avgolemono (chicken soup with egg and lemon sauce)

Given the climate in New Zealand right now this is the recipe we have been awaiting for. This is courtesy of Greg's Greek/Cypriot wife and we are assured is renown as a cure for colds. Even if it isn't, it is a winner.    INGREDIENTS  1 chicken weighing around 1 kilo. Oven ready.  1 onion peeled and halved  1 carrot peeled and halved  1... more >>