The Kiwi Cook

Illusions and delusions of a foodie from Down Under


Chocolate Creme Brulee

July 27, 2014


I couldn’t resist. Another Crème Brulee! I know… I’ve made them before (both the Classic and Espresso versions), but somehow the dark chocolate variety was calling to me… “Make me… make me…..” So I did. And wow, this recipe from Chef certainly delivered. It’s chocolate in all its seductive glory – double-chocolate actually… both a bittersweet chocolate AND a rich dark cocoa powder. The added coffee further heightens the chocolate flavour. It’s a decadent dessert – beautifully rich without being sweet. It’s firmer than a brulee should be, strictly speaking, but that’s undoubtedly due to there being a fair whack of chocolate in it!

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Pear & Ginger Crumble

July 20, 2014


I don’t know about you, but I tend to associate fruit crumbles with being homey and traditional. Kinda boring, but comforting. Well, folks… you haven’t met this baby. It’s a fruit crumble on steroids… boring it ain’t!

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Curried Carrot & Apple Soup

July 17, 2014


Winter time here in New Zealand – soup time. I was on the hunt for something a little different flavour-wise and was intrigued by the combination of curry, carrot and apple. Hmm, could either be gross or surprisingly tasty. Luckily, it was actually the latter. I used quite a tart apple and enjoyed it as a contrast to the sweetness of the carrots and the subtle spiciness of the curry. As you can see, my soup was quite thick (I had a few spare carrots and added them in), but if you follow the recipe exactly, it should be thinner in consistency. Thanks to my old favourite cook book The Soup Bible for the great recipe.

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Creamy Chai Latte

July 16, 2014


Every once in a while I feel the need to re-balance my body (most particularly after a rich food blow-out!), and start by making up a pot of this delicious, yet healthy hot drink (it’s also wonderful during the winter months to warm you up). It’s rich in healing spices – the ones I’ve included are turmeric (an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant), ginger (an antioxidant, great for intestinal issues), cinnamon (an antioxidant; also anti-clotting, anti-microbial and blood sugar stabilizer), cayenne pepper (anti-bacterial, digestive aid, promotes heart health), and star anise (anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-bacterial). The recipe is inspired by Dr Sanjay Gupta’s Creamy Turmeric Tea (found on, however it’s very amenable to adapting, which I’ve done, adding a few extra components. Feel free to adapt for your own needs and tastes.

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Sticky Date Puddings with Butterscotch Sauce

July 13, 2014


Boy, oh boy. It’s not often I can truly rave about a dessert, but this one scored a 10/10 for me. Not normally one for cake type desserts, I have to say that this recipe from Kathy Knudsen at Australian Good Taste, March 2009 (at is, in a word, spectacular. As far as I’m concerned, there’ll be absolutely no need to try other alternatives. The sponge is unbelievably soft, thanks to the dates, and when steeped in the rich, dark butterscotch sauce, incredibly moist. A winner, no matter how you look at it.

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