Stuffed squid in black ink sauce

Stuffed squid in black ink sauce

Stuffed squid in black ink sauce

I had fun in the kitchen today – I dismembered a squid. I pulled out its cartilage, carefully removed and set aside the sac of ink from its guts, decapitated it and chopped its tentacles into tiny little pieces. Then I cooked it.

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A road trip

New Zealand passionfruit

New Zealand passionfruit

I wish I was blogging about passionfruit cheesecake and eating one right now. Wishing is one thing, making it happen is another. Perhaps another time! For now I just marvel at the thought and sight of these wonderful, wrinkly, sour and sweet little things called passionfruit.

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Pita Bread Pizza

Pita Bread Pizza

Pita Bread Pizza

It’s been a while since I’ve made pizza at home. I would usually go crazy with toppings and end up with a mountain-high pizza with soggy crust. This time I decided to keep it simple and use pita bread as pizza crust.

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Christine’s berry sour cream cake

Berry sour cream cake

Christine Hodge’s berry sour cream cake

This berry delicious cake is a masterpiece of Christine Hodge of Fig Tree Cafe in Upper Hutt, Wellington. If you are from Wellington City, it is worth driving 30km north just for a plate of Fig Tree Cafe’s berry sour cream cake, believe me! Christine finally revealed her well-kept secret recipe for the readers of FishHead magazine. She rocks!

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Roasted pumpkin, feta and orzo salad

Roasted pumpkin, feta and orzo salad

Roasted pumpkin, feta and orzo salad

Another recipe adapted from Donna Hay. I promised myself to use her recipes instead of just drool over the beautiful photos in the online magazine. This one is my version of her roasted pumpkin, feta and quinoa salad.

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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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