Truffle Pate and Beef Dumplings


What’s your favourite dumpling flavours? For me it’s always been pork and chives as that’s what mum makes at home. When we go out for dinners though, we will get a variety: pork and cabbage, beef and onion etc but I’ve not made any with beef at home… Until this week! This truffle and beef…

10 steps to build your steamboat or hot pot


There is nothing better than gathering around a warm fire and enjoying food with friends and family. Remember the good old camp fires and barbecue pits? You’ve most likely forgotten the banter, but the warm and happy feeling lingered long after the meal’s digested. Steamboat has the same effect. It’s essentially a large pan of…

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…

Tender beef cheeks with beer, spiced carrot purée and prunes


Beef cheeks is gaining in popularity, having seen quite a few recipes using cheeks and gracing more restaurant menus. This recipe here is one that I’ve developed over the years and I make it with different cuts of meat on a monthly basis: cheeks, tongue or crosscut. My local butcher has the freshest of them…

Beef, mushrooms and truffle penne pasta


A while ago I made a Beef and Cheddar pie. Then I made 3 more. They were all slightly different – one with a truffle cream sauce and one with tomatoes and vegetables. The constant is the tender beef – it proved to be very versatile. I added creamy mashed potatoes to mini puff pastry-lined…