28 August 2010

Experimental Meringues

so I'm experimenting with ideas for the October chef-fest and I wanted to try meringues with marshmallows inside them. Which I made tonight .., they are yummy as only meringues can be but maybe not quite worth the extra effort of enclosing the marshmallows. Yet! My cooking colleague Gary suggested freezing the marshmallows so I can get the meringues cooked while the marshmallows stay soft and creamy... I tried this and it was definitely better but still not quite right.

Mainland Butter giveaway with Simon Gault

International, Masterchef Simon Gault (I met him - famous by association again...) in association with Mainland Butter has launched a series of webisodes. Simon, like many excellent chefs, agree that the simple things in life are the best and shows this by cooking some mouth watering recipes inspired by his love for Mainland Butter.

To celebrate one of life’s simple pleasures I'm very pleased to be able to offer a Simple Pleasures competition prize pack for one of my readers including; Simon Gault’s book Nourish, a months supply of Mainland Butter along with some spicy fruit loaf and a cooler bag.

Cool! Free stuff! and what's more, it's free USEFUL stuff....

To be in the draw to win visit http://www.asimplepleasure.co.nz/
and find the answer to the following question:

What does Simon Gault serve with one of New Zealand’s
favourite fish?

Snapper topped with________________

Email me with your answer and I'll draw a winner by 15th September 2010. Good luck!

25 August 2010

The Shoestring chef

this sounds wonderful - wish there was something near me like this... very useful! Cooking classes for $15 every Thursday evening in Kingsland by the Shoestring Chef - email them to learn more. It's held at Crave cafe amongst industrial buildings in Kingsland, behind the main shops. I want their lights! And their large White's Aviation photo of Auckland!

19 August 2010

October chef-dom

I've accepted an invitation to do a cooking evening as a fundraiser... last weekend in October, in Rotorua.   why do I do this! It sounded like fun, and if I can help then I always like to... they've sold tickets already, and they're not printed yet. Must be a good sign.
But! what do I cook? I'm thinking of asking everyone who buys a ticket to answer 4 simple questions and then designing the evening around that. Should be achievable...? Shouldn't it...?

love competitions?

enter here for a chance at $1500 travel...

02 August 2010

Love friends like this...

We go for a drink and we end up being served beautiful fresh bread and a platter of fresh seafood.
AND I have the link for everyone - fresh seafood delivered to the door... no need to go out on a rainy weekend now! Solander Gourmet Seafood