Category Archives: Meat

Spaghetti with chicken sausages and rosemary-flavoured cherry tomatoes

Spaghetti with chicken sausages and rosemary-flavoured cherry tomatoes

Spaghetti with chicken sausages and rosemary-flavoured cherry tomatoes

Over the years I realized that the best pasta dishes I’ve made were the ones where I didn’t have to use a recipe. Once I’ve learned the 4 basic steps, it becomes easy to experiment with different kinds of ingredients and flavours.

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Shooting for Miss Delaney #1 Spiced chicken thighs with roast broccoli salad

Delaney's spiced chicken thighs with a roast broccoli salad

Delaney’s spiced chicken thighs with a roast broccoli salad

This wonderful pair of recipes came out in the April 2014 issue of FishHead magazine under Delaney Mes‘ My Kitchen column. She creates recipes, I cook and shoot for her. She lives in Auckland and I live in Wellington but in this day and age of email and DropBox, distance doesn’t matter.

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Chicken kare-kare (Chicken stew in peanut sauce)

Chicken kare-kare

Chicken kare-kare

THE VERY FIRST DISH that came to mind when I was contemplating to become a vegetarian for the sake of love was kare-kare. It would be very difficult to give up. But love prevailed and I never had kare-kare since then. This was two decades ago. As fate would have it, the love was eventually lost and I had since gone back to eating meat (poultry, yes. four-legged animals, no.)

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Cinnamon chicken tagine

Cinnamon chicken tagine

For Valentine’s Day, I received three gifts from my gorgeous partner-in-crime JD. First, a flower garden he cultivated in the backyard at 6AM in the morning of Valentine’s Day.

JD and Dolly's Valentine's Day Dinner

Second, a Jamie Oliver-inspired candlelit dinner for two in our kitchen (he cooked 3 dishes in 30 minutes!) and last but not the least, a huge gift-wrapped box. Inside was an orange tagine.

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Roast chicken carcass

Roast chicken carcass

Roast chicken carcass

Who thinks that chicken carcass is only used for making soup or stock?

Well, the secret is out! You can actually make a complete meal out of it. All it takes is creativity. And some bits and pieces of leftovers.

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Turkey bolognese

Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese

I have been cooking different variations of turkey mince spaghetti for as long as I can remember and they were all good, but this is the best of the best I’ve ever made. Perhaps it’s the grocery-bought tomato sauce with red wine, or the mix of fresh herbs, or the grated carrots, or the red wine vinegar. Whatever it is that made the difference, I’m sticking to the recipe and I’m sharing it with you!

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Simple joy #18 Leftover turkey pie

Leftover turkey pie

Leftover turkey pies in ramekins

Leftover turkey pie

Leftover turkey pot pie

A week after Christmas and we still had leftover roast turkey lurking in the fridge. Most people would just throw away whatever was left clinging to turkey bones and stuff. But not me. I don’t waste anything worth salvaging. That’s why I love second hand stores.

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