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Cardamom Confusion

I have a recipe asking for Black Cardamom. Is that the same as Green? Can I use them interchangeably? In a word; NO! Most recipes calling for cardamom mean the fragrant green cardamom. Black cardamom is much stronger and smokier. Although they are related, they have completely different appearances and flavours. Green cardamom is a […]

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Za’atar- the genuine article

A shorter version of the following appeared in The Press and the Dominion Post on October 22nd.   The name Za’atar is used to describe both the blend of spices and also its key ingredient; Middle Eastern wild thyme. The wild thyme is usually sourced from places like Jordan and Syria, but it is not […]

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Superfood Nori

A shorter version of this article was published in The Christchurch press and the Wellington Dominion Post on October 15th. Nori is incredibly healthy. It contains vitamin A and C which help to keep our skin and immune system healthy and it is high in fibre. It has 10 times more calcium and iron by […]

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Glorious Fennel

A shorter version of this article appeared in The Press and The Dominion Post on October 7th 2014. How do you cook fennel, or is it best eaten raw? What else goes with it aside from fish? Fennel belongs to the Umbellifereae family and is, therefore, closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander. The […]

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Cooking the Perfect Salmon

  A shorter version of this article appeared in The Press and The Dominion Post on October 1st What is the best way to cook Salmon and how do I know when it is done, so it doesn’t dry out? Salmon can be expensive and it is easy to overcook, so you want to get […]

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Epicurious October 2013 – Hot Match

Ever struggled matching a wine to spicy Indian food? In this month’s edition of Epicurious I help you solve that conundrum. (Click on the image below to read the full article.)

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Epicurious 15th May 2013 – I bake, therefore I am curious

In the May 2013 edition of Epicurious, I give some advice to bakers struggling with spreading biscuits and cracking cakes. (Click on the image to read the article)

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Epicurious 17 April 2013

In this month’s Epicurious, I offer some tips about ground spices and give a delicious recipe for using Ground’s harissa. Click on the image below to read more.

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Epicurious 6th February 2013 – Add dash with a splash of bitters

In this month’s Epicurious, I use a touch of bitters to give a new dimension to sweet and savoury dishes and provide tips for the storage of eggs to keep them fresh.

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Epicurious 12th December 2012 – Cheery Cherries Checked

In the December column of Epicurious I answer questions about the storage of summer stone fruit, glace cherries and ghee. Click on the image below to read the article.  

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