Take 5 for Students: Meatballs

Take 5 Meatballs Minced beef, sundried tomatoes, tomato sauce, egg, diced tomatoes. I made these meatballs for my niece and nephew who know what they like to eat. Mix together a packet of minced beef with a few finely chopped sundried tomatoes, a squirt of tomato sauce (adds a bit of sweetness and a bit… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Crème Brûlée

Cream, eggs, vanilla, sugar, rhubarb. When dining out recently, I had two lovely versions of crème brûlée. The first was at my favorite run-away-to spot, Ten Twenty Four in Hastings (New Zealand). Kent – star and chef served a quite substantial amuse bouche to accompany a dry ice cocktail – a brûlée served in a… [Read More]

Kate Sheppard Pie

Potatoes, minced beef, onions, tomatoes, carrots. Thanks to one of my children for the naming of this recipe… Because all Take 5 and Cook recipes have so few ingredients, flavour becomes all important. One of my favourite flavours is tomatoes simmered in olive oil. This is an important step in this recipe – it gives… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Classic Meringues

Egg whites, sugar, cream; additional options like fruit coulis and fresh berries. Meringues seem to be my default Sweet Thing in many ways. If you have a beater (electric, preferably), eggs, sugar and an oven with a tray – you are set to go. I serve these sweet treats for parties, afternoon tea, dessert –… [Read More]