Peanut butter

We’re expecting marmite stocks in New Zealand to dwindle due to a factory damaged by the Christchurch earthquake. You could try making your own – by following MsMarmitelover’s recipe here (though modelled on the runnier English marmite).   Or, switch to peanut butter.     Peanuts (not technically a nut, but a legume) were first…

Shakshuka

Last week Gordon Ramsay arrived unannounced at an Auckland restaurant and ordered a plate of the house shakshuka. He seemed happy with the meal and no profanities were uttered – according to this report in the New Zealand Herald. If you haven’t heard of shakshuka, a dish consisting of eggs nested atop a tomato-based mildly…

Baba ghanoush

The sultry inner flesh of scorched aubergines makes a dip that has become the much-loved pan-Middle Eastern classic, baba ghanoush. Most closely associated with the countries of the Levant, like Syria, Lebanon and Isreal/Palestine, baba ghanoush also has a number of lesser-known cousins. They share the same vital starting-point: the whole aubergine is placed directly…