Strawberry Millefeullie 250g flaky puff pastry, preferably made with butter 3 tablespoons caster sugar 500g strawberries 300ml cream, whipped ¾ cup red currant jelly.         Preheat the oven to 200°C fanbake Roll the pastry out on a floured surface and cut 3 rectangles 12cm x 25cm Place the...
Asparagus with Boiled Eggs, Croutons and Vinaigrette 4 x 1.5cm thick slices Ciabatta, ripped into small bite sized pieces 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 5 eggs 2 tablespoons capers ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives 1 roasted red capsicum, cored, seeded, thinly sliced zest of 1...
Mediterranean Spicy Chicken Stew Recipe 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 onions, chopped 2 carrots, diced 2cm 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger large pinch chilli flakes 5cm piece fresh turmeric, peeled and finely chopped peel of...
Italian Apple Cake Recipe 100g butter 100g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract zest of 1 lemon 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 30g rice flour 100g ground almonds 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder 4 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly whipped cream for...
Pear and Rosemary Tart Recipe 250g flaky puff pastry 2 x 400g cans pear quarters in juice, well drained, small handful tender rosemary leaves ½ cup Demerara sugar 200ml cream 100ml sour cream Preheat the oven to 200°C Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured...
Fish Baked on Slow Fried Potatoes, Onions and Peas with Garlic Crumbs 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 large red onions, thinly sliced 900g Agria or other floury potatoes, peeled and cut into 4cm chunks zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 ½...
Smoked Fish and Potato Pies Recipe 400g Agria or other floury potatoes, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks 200g skinned, boned, smoked fish, broken into smaller pieces 2 spring onions, thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon capers zest of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons...
Apple Shortcake Recipe 125g butter 125g brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon baking powder 300g flour 3 large apples, (about 600g) peeled cored and sliced ½ teaspoon toasted fennel seeds zest of 1 lemon icing sugar for dusting Preheat the oven to 190°C Butter and paper the bottom of a...
Skirt Steak and Green Bean Salad with Soft Boiled Egg Dressing Recipe 5 eggs, soft boiled from cold water for 3 minutes then cooled in cold water 3 tablespoons capers 8 anchovy fillets, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive...
Spiced Walnut Fruit Loaf Recipe 175g caster sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 egg 120ml orange juice 2 tablespoons orange flower water (optional) 1 teaspoon salt 225g flour 2 teaspoons baking powder pinch baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cardamom seeds 150g each, sliced dried figs, dried apricots...
Pork Meatballs with Tomatoes and Spinach Recipe 2 x 2cm thick slices white sourdough bread 125ml milk 500g pork mince ½ teaspoon salt 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon very finely chopped rosemary 40g roasted pinenuts 60g currants 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 medium sized onions,...
Baked Rhubarb with Lemon Sponge and Acidulated Cream Recipe Sponge 3 large eggs 85g caster sugar 60g flour, sifted 30g ground almonds zest of 1 lemon Preheat the oven to 200°C Line a shallow ovenproof tray with baking paper Beat the eggs and sugar until very thick and...

Ray McVinnie (M.A.(Hons), C&G Dip CA) has been a foodwriter and advisor at Cuisine magazine, celebrity judge on Masterchef NZ, food columnist in the Sunday Star-Times, Sunday magazine and Bite Magazine. Ray has always had a passion for food and now has launched his own website with videos, tutorials and a 16 part online cooking course. Even while studying for his Master of Arts in History at Auckland University he cooked part-time.

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