Ramen Noodles


Legit the closest I got to a ramen bar in NZ’s level 4 lockdown. Made Chashu Ramen for hubby’s birthday and it was as though we went for a holiday in Japan. Springy noodles with the distinctly yellow tones and alkaline smelly cooking water, these are close to the ones in ramen restaurants. I had…

Squid Ink Garganelli in a Vodka Tomato Creamy Sauce


A throw-together lunch, started cooking at 2.18pm, plated at 2.32pm. Shot at 2.38pm, ate at 2.50pm. It doesn’t get any faster than this!! I first tried vodka tomato cream sauce in a Te Anau restaurant, many many years ago. I remember it was the first time I was hit with this obsession to learn how…

Egg Pasta Dough


Ever since landing on the right recipe, I haven’t been able to stop making fresh pasta. Think perfect pasta with a bite, in any shape and size you want, to go with ALL the sauces? It’s now a whole new game in our household, coming up with new dinner ideas. This here is the base…

Soba noodles with a Basil, Cardamom and Coriander lime sauce


A few weeks ago I went to a pottery workshop in beautiful Titirangi, Auckland New Zealand. They served a delightful vegetarian lunch and one of the dishes served was from Yotam Ottenlenghi‘s SIMPLE. The cookbook is filled with really easy recipes and after tasting this soba dish, I just had to remake it at home….

Vietnamese Beef Pho (broth recipe)


We are a pho-loving family. I don’t think there is ever a time we would reject one – hottest day of the year maybe, but it rarely gets extreme here in Auckland. Pho is the best antidote to the coldness of a crisp Autumn night. Squeeze of lime, tears of vietnamese mint, rings of picked…