Foodie File

From the latest gourmet foods to hit the supermarket shelves to local fare to seek out at one of Christchurch’s excellent farmers’ markets, we just love searching out new indulgences to tempt the taste-buds.

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With the resurgence of making things yourself and the added pressure reality television cooking shows are piling onto even the most basic concept of hosting a dinner party, there’s never been a better time to take charge in the kitchen and upskill your at-home gourmet game. Read on for the lowdown on where and how to learn to make your own cheese, pasta and preserves and through to doling out delicious desserts, the satisfaction of baking your own bread, curing your own meats and pulling off an epic, multi-course dinner party for the ages – who says you can’t take the heat? As luck would have it, rather than taking the ‘a magician never reveals his tricks’ approach, many of our city’s top chefs are only too happy to let the rest of us in on their killer kitchen secrets, with a number of Christchurch’s best eateries running associated cooking...
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Up your gourmet game with Dragons Den Social Lounge’s international award-winning chef. CHICKEN, CHORIZO & PRAWN PAELLA (SERVES 4 – 6) Shopping List 2 cloves of garlic (peeled and finely diced)1 onion (peeled and finely diced)70g Spanish-style chorizo (sliced)100g pancetta (thinly sliced)2 skinless, boneless free-range chicken thighs (cubed)100g prawns100ml olive oil1 tspn sweet smoked paprikaPinch of saffron1 red capsicum (deseeded and roughly chopped)6 green beans (sliced)6 cherry tomatoes (halved) 1/2 broccoli head (cut into 1cm pieces) 150ml tomato purée1.1L chicken stock300g paella riceFresh flat-leaf parsley (roughly chopped)1 lemonMaking It Happen In a separate saucepan heat the chicken stock. Pour oil into a paella pan on a medium heat, add the garlic, onion, chorizo, chicken, prawns and paprika, and fry for around 5 minutes, stirring regularly. As the chorizo, chicken and prawns reach the point of just being cooked through, remove and place on a tray or plate until the final...
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Revving up for another big year – maybe its biggest ever – The Christchurch Food Show is once again all set to have us salivating and rushing home eagerly to try new ideas in the kitchen. Held from the 8th to the 10th of April 2016, at Horncastle Arena, it’s got some exciting new features in store this year in the forms of the Artisan Village and Street Food Alley. The Artisan Village will be a specialist area at the show devoted to all things handmade, traditional and small-batch, with local producers and famers’ market faves such as Lovat Venison, Chorizo Garcia, Be Nourished and The Sausage Shed showcasing their lovingly produced and delicious wares. Over at the new Street Food Alley meanwhile, you’ll find a place to satisfy the hunger that looking at and sampling all the delicious food at the show can work up, with primo ready-to-eat street...
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Longing for a Euro-vacay but don’t have the time? Swing by the taste-makers extraordinaire at the Mediterranean Food Company and the delicious aromas and shelves piled high with delectable European deli-style goodies will have you thinking you’ve just stepped into a Tuscan market. To visit is to immediately long to cram as much of their premium product range as you can into your car for the trip home and start reaping the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. As a family business importing from other family businesses, the team at Mediterranean Food Company has the ability to source unique, authentic and hard to find boutique lines of exceptional coffees, very fine wines (including labels you’ll only find in store), Italian cheeses (including real parmigiano reggiano), 70 different shapes of pasta, salumi and genuine Parma ham (actually hailing from Parma!), an extensive range of extra-virgin olive oils from Spain, Greece, Italy and...
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Up your gourmet game with Dragons Den Social Lounge’s international award-winning chef. Chilli Soy Dipping Sauce This multi-tasking Japanese-based dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment to dumplings, gyoza, yum cha, most fried foods and could be sparingly used as a dressing in a Thai beef salad. At Dragons Den we pair it with our New Zealand King Salmon Tempura Noir Rolls (pictured). If you’re new to dashi (a broth made from water, kombu [dried kelp], and bonito fish flakes) and mirin (a sweet rice wine) you can pick up some dashi powder and a bottle of mirin from your local Asian Supermarket. SHOPPING LIST 1 cup dashi soup stock (or ¼ tsp dashi powder to 1 cup of water) ¼ cup mirin ¼ cup soy sauce ½ tbsp sugar ½ chilli (red with medium heat) sliced with seeds Fresh coriander leaves to taste. MAKING IT HAPPEN Put dashi, mirin, soy sauce,...
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Cityscape hits up Cashmere Cuisine's Kurt Robinson for some BBQ pointers. DRY-AGED RIB-EYE Salt, pepper and a BBQ is all you need. Why Rich and beefy this fatty cut, dry-aged to perfection, is the BBQ king pin. How Sear over medium-high, direct heat until charred, 3–4mins perside. Move to medium-low, indirect heat and continue grilling before searing edges. Pro tip Let the meat reach room temperature before cooking. FRESH SALMON A light alternative to red meat. Why A rich yet delicate protein and excellent source of Omega 3. How Place on tinfoil and sprinkle with a small amount of brown sugar, salt, pepper, squeeze of lemon juice and sweet chilli sauce. Wrap tightly to seal and cook for about 20mins on medium heat with BBQ lid down. Pro tip Get boneless salmon to avoid those pesky pin bones. MEATY STICKY PORK RIBS No knife and fork required! Why A tasty moreish pork cut perfect for the whole family. How Marinate ribs overnight in a good smoky BBQ...
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Up your gourmet game with Dragons Den Social Lounge’s international award-winning chef. Canterbury Spring Lamb Rack with warm green bean Parmesan salad (Serves 4) SHOPPING LIST  Rack of Canterbury spring lamb (4 chops) Salad 20-30 fresh green beans (trimmed & sliced) ¼ cup green peas 20-30 broad beans (shelled) ¼ cup Italian parsley ¼ cup Parmesan cheese Dressing 200ml extra virgin olive oil 2tsp parsley 2 cloves roasted garlic 2 anchovy fillets 1tsp capers 1 lemon (fine zest and juice) Flaky sea salt and fresh ground black pepper MAKING IT HAPPEN Sear the lamb rack in a hot frying pan and then roast in the oven for approximately 12 minutes at 200˚C. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes before carving into individual chops. For the green bean salad, blanch green beans, peas and broad beans in boiling salted water for 20 – 30 seconds. Strain the beans...
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Cityscape’s Kayte Johnston tries her hand at dumpling mastery with a day at Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar. I’m very good at eating dumplings; I generously immerse them in chilli oil and savour their delicious favours with each bite. So when I’m offered the opportunity to join the team at Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar at The Colombo, I’m thinkin’ ‘hello mothership’. The day starts early (and suitably caffeinated), hitting the Chinese markets and liaising with Peter Timbs Meats for free-range meat and Peter Rabbit’s Patch for fresh vegetables for the fillings (about 13 kilos of coriander and 10 kilos of garlic chives are used each week!), then it’s time to pull on the crisp white PSD top and cap and rock this gig. Dumplings, I’m told, can be filled with just about anything. However, they have to be made with love. Tracy and Angela kindly show me the ropes: each dumpling case is...
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Brimming with, and surrounded by, artisanal producers of gourmet goodies at the top of their game, Christchurch is a heaven-sent gastronomic smorgasbord for foodies and culinary connoisseurs alike. And with some of the best produce in the world right on our doorstep (seriously – a lot of these producers just need to poke their heads out the door to source ingredients!), it’s a given that the region’s small food producers are killing it on the national (and international) scene. Why opt for bland and mass-produced when high-quality ingredients, traditional methods and plenty of love are fuelling the rise of ‘artisan eating’ both here and the world over? Join Cityscape for the good (hand-pressed virgin olive) oil on the local scene. FROM THE OVEN … There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly-baked bread and sin-sational cakes – add ol’ skool techniques, natural ingredients including, gasp, butter to the mix and make a beeline for the following bodacious baked beauts....
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Up your gourmet game with recipes from Dragons Den Social Lounge’s international award-winning chef. SALMON & QUINOA SALAD (SERVES 4-6) Image: Stephen Goodenough SHOPPING LIST 600gm salmon fillet (skin on preferable)2 cups quinoa3 cups water6 red radishes (thinly sliced)1 cup watercress½ cup celery (thinly sliced)1 Granny Smith (thinly sliced)½ small radicchio (ripped)1 fennel bulb (thinly sliced)2 lemons (juice and finely grated zest)50ml extra virgin olive oilSalt and fresh ground pepper to taste MAKING IT HAPPEN Rinse quinoa, and bring to the boil with water. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring regularly. Run under cold water to cool, strain and add to mixing bowl. Heat small amount of cooking oil to a medium-high heat in a heavy-based frying pan. Place salmon skin down and cook two-thirds through before turning off heat, turning the salmon and cooking for 2-3 minutes. Remove and let cool, reserving any salmon oil from the pan. Add lemon juice, olive oil, reserved salmon oil (cooled) to quinoa and season to taste. Add remaining ingredients (except salmon)...