Recipes from Elsewhere

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Angela's Low-fat Moist Cake which serves 12!

12 May 2009  |  1 min read

This is Angela's recipe under the very enticing (and somewhat healthy) title, and one which she says is a New Zealand adaption -- or is that "adaptation"? I've got into this discussion before! -- of a UK/US hybrid because it is based on a Delia Smith recipe for carrot cake. (Which is something I never got frankly. "Carrot" and "cake"? Hmmm.) Anyway, this makes... > Read more

Pacific Curls: Whakamahana (from the album Pacifi Celta, 2009)

Oyster Pie: A "firm favourite" as summer wanes

31 Jan 2008  |  <1 min read

The Bluff oyster season usually opens in March in New Zealand so people might be looking for something more to do with those big, rich delights than just eating them raw or with a splash of balsamic. I can't remember where I got this recipe from, but it never fails -- well, it does if you dont get in quick. Someone else will wolf it down while you have gone off to get the serviettes.... > Read more

Hilary's pumpkin, feta and spinach salad (from Flip Grater)

23 Aug 2007  |  1 min read

Flip Grater is a Christchurch singer-songwriter who, in late 2006, took to the road to promote her album Cage For A Song. On the trip she picked up vegetarian recipes which she has now put into a book/tour diary. I'll let Flip tell you her story about this one . . . "About half an hour out of Raglan I spotted a man in an old-fashioned black suit walking with his thumb out. He was... > Read more

Sue and Horst's Famous Persimmon Cream Pie

11 Jul 2007  |  <1 min read

When you've got in-laws who have a large persimmon orchard you tend to learn all kinds of things that can be done with the underrated persimmon. My father-in-law Horst slices ripe ones and sprinkles with a little salt, chilli flakes and a squeeze of lime. Delicious. But so is his persimmon paste which goes great with cheeses. This is a great dessert that Sue conjures up in the kitchen.... > Read more

Milly's Peach & Blackberry (or any berry) Cake

14 Mar 2007  |  <1 min read

Camilla -- aka Milly -- who supplied this Firm Family Favourite says it's her "never fail, loved everywhere" recipe. Having flicked through the recipes at Elsewhere she decided there was a yawning chasm in our offerings: not enough sweet stuff. So here for your pleasure . . . INGREDIENTS  185g butter 185g caster sugar 1 egg 1 egg yolk 335g plain... > Read more

Asian Noodle Salad

15 Feb 2007  |  1 min read

David who offers this says it is "a terrific side dish with any barbecued meat or fish; it always catches people out with its depths of flavour". A man of the Elsewhere persuasion, he also notes "the amounts given are approximate, especially for the dressing; I suggest you fiddle around until you find the balance of flavours you like, and adjust quantities to suit. The basic... > Read more

Stuffed Paw-Paw, Norfolk Island style

10 Dec 2006  |  1 min read

Norfolk Island, just a 90 minute flight north west of Auckland, isn't a place you go for fine dining. Or so I was told. But if you are there Dino's and Garrison on the main street are excellent, the famous Barney Duffy's Charcoal Grill does terrific steaks, and restaurants in hotels are perfectly fine. You should definitely do lunch at Branka, a fascinating historic home, also. Whether... > Read more

Pete's Danish rum souffle

30 Oct 2006  |  <1 min read

Pete notes that while this is neither Danish nor a souffle it does contain rum. It's an old family favourite apparently. "The parentals picked it up when blowing through some roadside diner in Waiouru back in 68 or so and has been a family staple since. The girlfriend and I took desserts to a dinner party a couple of weeks back and my beloved was a little miffed that the host wanted... > Read more

Joanna's pre- and post-hangover potato and chorizo melange

30 Oct 2006  |  1 min read  |  1

Joanna says "this goes really well with lots of red wine. The leftovers go really well with the hangover in the morning" so we can't say we aren't warned. And we've just learned a little about Joanna too, haven't we? (This should serve four) INGREDIENTS 8 agria or other yellow potatoes 4 chorizo sausages 2 cans of chickpeas 4 red onions half a dozen garlic cloves... > Read more

Richard's slightly Spanish paella thing with chorizo sausages

30 Oct 2006  |  <1 min read

Richard admits that he may have seen something like this in "weekend magazine" supplement, but he's tampered with it a little until it is now perfect -- or at least to his taste. Sounds dead easy and vaguely Spanish. And I do like his style: "Massive handful of parsley" sounds as exact as we need be for this one I think. This serves two, so double everything for... > Read more

Dyan's Pesto Potatoes

30 Oct 2006  |  <1 min read

Another easy from healthy-eating and obesity expert Dyan. INGREDIENTS 10 new potatoes 20 cherry tomatoes (slow roasted - see below) 1 cup packed basil leaves 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese Dressing: 4 Tbsp olive oil; 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard; 2 - 3 tsp balsamic vinegar; 2 cloves crushed garlic. METHOD Cut cherry tomatoes in half and arrange in a roasting pan and cook at... > Read more

Dyan's very easy Creamy Mint Potato Salad

30 Oct 2006  |  <1 min read

Dyan offers this one (and another salad) for the summer months, and also notes she is an obesity expert! She says "it is a matter of extreme mirth to all my friends & family that I should be an obesity expert as i am a legendary eater and a damn fine cook and pastry chef. But I am a strong believer that if you make food out of good products, and never lose your innate taste for... > Read more

Mika's Coconut Fish (Samoa)

25 Oct 2006  |  2 min read

Like many people visiting Coconuts Beach Club Hotel on Samoa's Upolu Island, I ran into Mika over drinks at his famous 3-Stool Bar in the resort. He was great company, had some very funny stories, and his fish dish was a delight. And he was prepared to share the recipe. Here's his story, and the recipe follows. Easy too. Mika gave me the recipe for his exceptional coconut fish on one... > Read more

Quick Red Pepper Dip

23 Oct 2006  |  <1 min read

This is one of the best ways to get kids to eat vegetables - you'll have to be in quick if you want a bite! Ready in 25 minutes, serves six. INGREDIENTS 1 red pepper 1/2 Tbsp chopped rosemary 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 Tbsp lemon juice 200g creamy-style feta pinch of chilli flakes, optional 1 Tbsp hot water, or a little more, to thin dip 1 tsp chopped flat-leaf... > Read more