Seasoning Like a Chef!

seasoning like a chef

Never underestimate the power of seasoning and the extra flavour it adds to your meat. The trick is how much, what seasoning, and when to season. Our chef clients are not scared to season! So, when is the right time to season? Evidence shows that you should cook right after salting your meat or let … Read more

Cooking Chicken Safely

Cooking Chicken Safely

Chicken is a versatile meat and can be cooked in so many ways, but it is important that it is cooked correctly and fully. Chicken should be completely defrosted before cooking and fully cooked before eating. The internal temperature should reach a minimum of 75°C. Suggested cooking times may vary depending on your oven and … Read more

Much Ado About Mince

much ado about mince

Mince is incredibly versatile and goes a long way to feed the family. It needs a small amount of fat but not too much. Browning the mince before using for a bolognaise sauce really brings out the flavour of the meat. However, it can sometimes be difficult to separate the mince out evenly without lumps. … Read more

Pork Cuts and Cooking Methods

pork cuts diagram

All our pork and bacon comes from Fresh Pork NZ based in Levin. Pork contains essential vitamins including B12 and B6 which assist with metabolism and energy production. It also contains minerals such as zinc, iron and magnesium which are vital for the production of thyroid hormones and for maintaining a healthy body and mind. … Read more

Cutting Meat Against the Grain Or With It – Which is Best?

cutting meat against the grain

We all like a tender steak. The way you cut your steak can assist in this (as well as cooking it correctly and resting it). Some experiments have shown that cutting meat against the grain made a steak four times more tender than cutting with the grain, so it’s worth knowing how to do it … Read more

Get the Kids Cooking

School holidays are the perfect time to get the kids in the kitchen. Often, we bake with our kids but why not get them involved in preparing meals? Start young with age-appropriate tasks and soon you’ll be enjoying them cooking a meal for you! You’re also teaching them valuable life skills. And it’s amazing what … Read more

Cook Me Quick – Meats

Quick and easy is the key when you’re busy. And if you don’t have something to grab out of the freezer, you need ideas for quick, simple and nourishing meals that can be on the table in half an hour. It’s good to have a few recipes on hand that you can return to time … Read more

Soup, Glorious Soup

soup glorious soup

With the colder weather we think comfort food, and that means hot, nourishing soup. A good soup can provide a large amount of our daily nutritional requirements and is a great way to meet our “5+ a day” requirement. They’re also the perfect solution for using up vegetables lost in the bottom of the fridge. … Read more

The Origin of Mother’s Day

I’ve always wondered how Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day for that matter) came about. Was it purely commercial or is there more to it? A bit of research has answered my question. Following the death of her beloved mother in 1905, American woman Anna Jarvis sought a way to honour both her mother and all … Read more

Who Doesn’t Love Pies?

pies

It’s a Kiwi thing, right? I have New Zealand friends living in the US who can never find a decent pie. One of the first things they when they arrive back in NZ (when they can get here of course) is to find a tasty Kiwi pie. Pies are a great meal in winter; in … Read more