Sunday, May 6, 2012


There were eight of us last night - so, three courses as there were three families contributing - and one alien who contributed hilarity only...

Red Pepper soup served with sour creme and chives and grissini wrapped in prosciutto 

Main course was terakihi & salmon mixed with capers and chopped anchovies, baked in coconut cream and topped with ground almonds and parmesan. Accompanied by coleslaw, quinoa tabbouleh, guacamole and roasted potatoes and carrots

 Dessert was baked apples slices mixed with dried peaches and topped with chopped walnuts and macadamias and brown sugar. Served with ice cream, cream and yoghurt.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bombay Chicken and coconut milk rice
Ice cream sundae with rum soaked raisins, rum butter sauce, chopped walnuts and strawberries.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Red Thai Chicken and peanut curry with blanched broccoli, jasmine rice and beans - Yum!
Pears poached in white wine and baked in almond cake - Yum again!

Monday, April 9, 2012

 Mashed potato, scotch fillet and gf cauliflower cheese - very yum
Honey and Pistachio cake
 Tarakihi fillets covered in bacon and baked for 30 min on high - the combination was surprisingly good. Beans from the garden steamed then heated up on top of the pototo wedges
Eton Mess - home baked pavlova, pears, pear juice caramel, chocolate, cream and coconut shreds.
 We liked Jennifer's vege medley so asked for it again to go with Janice's fish pie. Snapper fillets in a coconut cream sauce with a nut crust.
 Fresh fruit platter with paleo-ish waffles (egg, ground nuts, baking powder, quinoa flakes, brown sugar and butter)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You Missed a Good One Alex

Right from the moment that Jennifer unveiled her platter of beautifully arranged, colourful, flavoursome, roasted vegetables and we placed them in the oven to finish, it was obvious we were in for a special night tonight. Janice quickly panfried the snapper in butter and served the meal with caper lemon sauce and steamed green beans.

Jennifer's vegetables included whole courgettes coated with beef BBQ seasoning. The cherry tomatoes, still attached to the vine, were sprinkled with rock salt and the kumera had been sliced in half lengthwise, spread with pesto and sprinkled with sliced almonds. They were baked for an hour at 150 dec C.

The whole meal was a visual and gastronomic real food delight.

 By the time dessert arrived Robert and Janice were already two games of crib down. Their spirits were raised by the platter of cheese, crackers, chutney, red pears and rum balls. Janice had made three types of crackers, almond and coconut, rosemary and parmesan and chia, sesame and pumpkin seed. The rum balls were a mixture of dates, raisins, raw nuts, rum and lemon zest rolled in coconut flour. (Use a rough ratio of 2:1 dried fruit to nuts and flavours to taste. Be sure to include a good portion of dates in the dried fruit. Whiz it all up in a food processor and roll into balls. Roll the balls in coconut flour or cocoa or fine chopped nuts.) The feijoa chutney was from the Farmer's Market.

Unfortunately for Robert and Janice, Terry and Jennifer won the next two games as well. This however did not dampen the evening... but Robert and Janice declined the opportunity to make it five losses in a row.