Saturday, August 16, 2014

Peter Timbs Is Our Favorite Dinner Party Guest

Recently I hosted a dinner party where I fed nine guests. I served round steaks and admittedly I'm not very good at cooking steak. Despite my originating from Texas, my kitchen confidence when it comes to steaks is low. The solution to that is to use very high quality meat to start off with. We chose Peter Timbs as we often do, and not surprisingly, all the guests were very pleased.
I marinated them for about an hour with a simple concoction of fresh garlic, salt and pepper before grilling them. They came out juicy and delicious. I was very proud of myself but I truly give all the credit to Peter making him the best guest of the evening.
Choose a top butcher for your meat needs because quality cannot be masked and you literally can taste all the difference!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Simple Soup Does The Job




It is getting cold. The chill you to the bones kind of cold. I have been finding smart ways to warm up but if your body needs a full-on jolt of heat, then soup is the easiest way to go. I enjoyed this delicious carrot and potato soup for brunch a few weeks back from The Beach Cafe. It was perfectly seasoned and portioned with just a bit of heat to wake up the palette as well as warm the soul. A smooth soup texture paired well with the crusty bread I used to dip and taste. No crumbly bits and no leftover soup either. This was absolutely the cure for my coldness.

 Soup is simple but it has to be good in order to do the job. This one did. 
Stay warm out there!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Home Burger and Fries

There is something to be said about the home-cooked gourmet burger. Is it the endless options of condiments and fixings? This one features: sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, aoili, tomato, spinach and cheddar cheese. Perhaps it's the essential hefty side of chips which if you are in New Zealand has the requisite tomato sauce? Or maybe that delicious aroma that permeates throughout the house beckoning diners bellies to the table? Whatever the case, here is our latest meal enjoyed with good friends which always makes a meal that much more enjoyable. We mostly take credit for eating this massive creation, and also for providing the takeaway chips, but enjoying a good burger is like buying a good pair of shoes: you have to indulge sometimes.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Is This The Healthy Grilled Cheese?

Grilled cheese is a go to food in our house especially during the colder months. We continue to stay busy with real life activities but the menu definitely changes with the seasons. We need a warm belly and fast as the temperatures drop. I remember days of yore where white bread, margarine and the key ingredient which I recently heard being referred to as "plastic cheese".  Times have changed and we've made an easy alternative that will keep the entire family healthfully and quickly fed all winter long.

Here are our 3 ingredient alternatives to the traditional grilled cheese:

White bread for Soy & Linseed Bread
Margarine for coconut oil
Plastic cheese for organic cheddar

Want to amp up the healthy points?
Add fresh spinach or grated carrots
Pair with a dipping sauce of greek yogurt & herbs
Have fresh soup as a main and offer grilled cheese on the side cut into triangles (preferably without crusts for serving)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simple Eggs on Toast

The perfect plate of eggs on toast must be shared with you all. Is it the whole grain bread that was locally made? The free-range eggs? Perhaps it's the stylish sprout garnish? Whatever the case, this was our breakfast from Black Betty and we hope it inspires your next morning meal. Keep it simple, healthy and delicious.

Monday, April 28, 2014

5 Minute Breakfasts From Women's Health

In need of a breakfast kickstart? Women's Health magazine has some delicious ideas on just what is needed to begin your day and lead an active lifestyle. From morning smoothies to loaded toasties, you are sure to find some inspiration here!

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