All posts tagged: Our Growing Edge

42 figs

  Around this time last year, I started noticing fresh figs in my blog feed and on Facebook. Figs might have a rich and colourful history, but I didn’t grow up with figs. I didn’t know much about them so I bought a couple of figs at a crazy $4 each and cooked them up. I was naive and paid way too much for those figs, but I did enjoy them so tucked my fig love away for the day when figs were more affordable. Fast forward a year, I saw that Te Mata Figs in Hawke’s Bay were offering a special deal to their Facebook followers. One tray of figs for $27 delivered. I had no idea what a tray of figs looked like but it sounded like it would be more than 7 figs. I was in for a surprise. A huge tray of 42 figs arrived a couple of days later. Figs are highly perishable so I carefully moved them to a bowl and refrigerated them (the tray wouldn’t fit in our …

Our Growing Edge – May Intro post

It’s May already? As I type this, I can hear the rain pounding on the roof. Outside is dark and gloomy like night. The rabbit is inside today, there is nothing for us outdoors. This week I’ve been making soups and curries but those of you in spring are enjoying salads and lighter dishes. I can see them in my blog feed and on Instagram. April’s round up of Our Growing Edge is now live over on Everyday Life Mom. We have some gorgeous entries including dishes I’ve never heard of before. Perfect for Our Growing Edge! Check it out here. For those who are just joining, Our Growing Edge is a monthly link up that aims to connect and inspire us to try new things and to compile a monthly snapshot of what food bloggers are getting up to. Time to tick off some foodie bucket list items. More info here. This month is hosted is hosted by Jordan and Cindy from My Daughter and I. To join, click on the submission button below:  

Diving into fish tacos

  Warning: May contain innuendos. I love fish tacos. I dream of staying near the coast in Mexico and gorging on fresh fish tacos every day. We’ve enjoyed tacos at home a few times, specifically pulled pork tacos so when we received some lovely fillets from our delivery last week, I figured it was time to explore the fish taco at home. I’d never made them before, but it seemed pretty straightforward to me. I just made up the process as I went along. The perfect fish taco has a good balance of fish, salad and condiments. I hate a dry taco. Saucy tacos FTW! My preference is soft shell tacos, specifically corn tortillas. I first tried Tio Pablo’s corn tortillas last year when I was going through a gluten free phase, but turns out, I prefer the flavour of corn tortillas over flour tortillas. I used tarakihi fillets, but any medium white fish will do. Snapper, red gurnard, or trevally would also be suitable. Other types of fish such as flounder, turbot or salmon would probably be amazing. Feel free …

‘Gram Whores R Us

Hi I’m Genie and I used to take horrible photos of food. Almost as bad as Martha Stewart. These days I’m comfortable behind my DSLR and I got there through practice. Most bloggers wouldn’t point you in the direction of their embarrassingly horrific early photos and blog posts, but I’m not most bloggers. I don’t care that I started off as a shitty photographer. Look at the photos here and here. Seriously, check them out, especially that first one. Ewww! Even though I love photography, I hate taking photos on my phone. Even though my camera is heavy, I carry it around if I think I’ll come across something I’d like to take a photo of. I was one of those people that owned a Nokia brick when my friends were getting their first iPhone. I finally got a decent smartphone last year – a Galaxy S4 mini to be precise. I was reluctant that I would want or enjoy using a smartphone, but now I’m a convert. I am obsessed addicted a frequent user of Pinterest and Facebook. …

Our Growing Edge March 2015 – Intro

A new month means a new edition of Our Growing Edge. I founded Our Growing Edge to encourage fellow bloggers to experience and share new food adventures. Every month I push myself to do something a little unexpected and different in the kitchen (or outdoors as I was barbecuing last month). Here are a few submissions from February’s collection of Our Growing Edge, the full round up to be published on Love Live Life by Kim shortly. Pictured: Top Row: Supper Lovin’, Vittles and Voyages, Bunny Eats Design. Second Row: Think Eat Repeat, The Kiwi Diaries, Christy’s Food Rush. Third Row: The Cook’s Pyjamas, Searching For Spice, Andre’s The Home Baker Fourth Row: Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous, Love The Little Bakery, Joie De Vivre and Cupcakes. Host This month’s host is Cynthia from Eat Munch Love. Cynthia is a passionate foodie from Vancouver who loves developing scrumptious recipes, and living healthfully. If you would like to host an event, contact me and we can arrange a month for you. To find out more on how to join Our Growing Edge including the link to submit, see the event …

Our Growing Edge November 2014 Round Up

The round up for Our Growing Edge is now up! Thanks to Linda from The Orange Bee for hosting. You can check out the lovely entries here. Thank you for all the bloggers who participated last month. The photos looked great! December is hosted by Christine and Kath from Garden Eats. To join, click on the submission button below:   We are looking for hosts for 2015. It is wonderful having Our Growing Edge hosted on blogs all over the world. Hosts post a round up of highlights of the event on their own blog at the start of the following month. It is an exclusive post. If this sounds like a good fit for your blog, let me know.

Our Growing Edge December – Intro, Festivities and Indulgence

It’s the start of December, which means the start of summer and the weather is getting better here in Auckland. Sorry to rub it in for those suffering wintery weather. Sorry. Not sorry. With a new month comes a new edition of Our Growing Edge. This month will be hosted by Christine and Kath from Garden Eats. Christine and Kath are keen organic gardeners and foodies in New York and California. Checking out Christine’s Instagram, it’s hard to imagine she’s starting winter. San Diego is currently at 18°C / 65°F today and Auckland is currently at 16°C / 61°F, it’s warmer there than it is here. Madness! To join us this month, click on the submission button below:   Festivities It’s no secret that December is a time of big spending, festivities and gluttony. I love gluttonous festivities! As of this week, New Zealand has lowered it’s drink driving tolerance. A strategic move. Last week, an average sized dude could drive 5 standard drinks, an averaged sized lady could drink 3.5 standard drinks and then legally get …

Jubilee Rice

First world problems: Too many cashew nuts. It all started off around National Nut Day when I had heaps of cashew nuts sent to me. I made a delicious Coriander and Cashew Pesto and Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts which were both winners, but I wanted to try something else.

Our Growing Edge September 2014 round up

Thanks to Corina from Searching for Spice for assembling the monthly round up. Read it for yourself here. This month is the 20th edition of Our Growing Edge! Jules from The Kiwi Diaries is hosting. Jules is a graphic designer living in Auckland but is from Argentina and is currently galavanting around the globe. I can’t wait to see what interesting food she encounters this month.

Our Growing Edge – August round up

The August round up for Our Growing Edge is live. Check it out here: http://sneaksandsweets.com/our-growing-edge-a-recipe-roundup A big thank you to Lindsey at Sneaks and Sweets for hosting this edition. The September link is live and Corina from Searching For Spice is this month’s host. Corina loves to use spice in her cooking and her love for Indian, Mexican, North African, Thai and Chinese food shows. As a busy mother of two, her recipes are simple to follow and unfussy. Corina is totally getting into baking at the moment so if you’re a little stuck on what to turn your growing edge to this month, why not try some baking? To join Our Growing Edge this month, click on the submission button below:  

Our Growing Edge July Round Up

Hello lovelies, just a quick invitation to check out the round up for Our Growing Edge over on Organic Ash. Some very cohesive cooking last month. Definately some colour co-ordination. It’s almost as if we bloggers were on the same wavelength. Hive mind if you will. Lindsey from Sneaks and Sweets is the host for this month’s event. If you have a blog and you are eating or cooking something new this month, click below to join. More information here.    

Crispy Roast Pork: Cantonese style

This post is part of Our Growing Edge, a monthly blogging event to encourage bloggers to try new food related things. Ash from Organic Ash is the host for this month’s event. If you have a blog and you are eating or cooking something new this month, click below to join. More information here. Crispy roast pork (siu yuk) can be found hanging among roast ducks and slabs of shiny red BBQ pork in the windows of Cantonese BBQ restaurants everywhere. Traditionally, pork is roasted with seasoning in a charcoal furnace and is served as an appetiser* with your choice of dipping sauce. Soy sauce and hoisin sauce are popular but I love it dipped in mustard. Served with a bowl of rice and some Chinese greens, it’s a simple and delicious dinner. It’s interesting to note that the words “siu yuk” directly translates to roast meat, not roast pork. I guess pork is so ubiquitous in Cantonese cuisine that meat equals pork by default. While I have made English-style roast pork on many occasions, I’d never considered cooking the …

Fig and Gorgonzola Rounds

This post is part of Our Growing Edge, a monthly blogging event to encourage us to try new food related things. Phuong from My Kitchen of Love is the host for this month’s event. If you have a blog and you are eating or cooking something new this month, click below to join.   Orleans I’ve been obsessed with New Orleans since I was an angsty teenager. Long, long before I had any interest in food, I fell in love with the people, the French influence, the mystery  and the vampires. I blame Anne Rice novels. I’ve yet to visit New Orleans but it is number 100 on my bucket list. When I “grew up” and my interest for food developed, my obsession with New Orleans deepened. At the start of March, on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras celebration day in New Orleans) my friends and I converged on the newish Auckland restaurant, bar, speakeasy, smoky blues and jazz club called Orleans, in Britomart. Traditionally the day of debauchery before Lent starts, Fat Tuesday is all about living large with …

Our Growing Edge April Round Up

Dana from I’ve Got Cake has posted her round up of Our Growing Edge April. Perhaps the most colourful commentary in Our Growing Edge history and you can check out out here. 16 submissions with huge contrasts. Coconut & Lemongrass Tofu Soup vs Seal Flipper Stew. Never seen before udon bundles vs nostalgic Pastafrola (quince jam pie from Argentina). April also saw many Easter and spring time dishes. So inspiring and drool-worthy! May’s edition of Our Growing Edge is now open and you can join us via the button below.

Final call for Our Growing Edge February

This is the final call for Our Growing Edge February. It feels like a short month. I feel cheated of those missing days. Our host this month is Kindra from California Cavegirl Kindra. Kindra eats and cooks as clean as possible, following a mostly Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, raw dairy, locavore mission. I’m always looking out for local food producers and celebrating local eating is good for every community. Look out for the round up on California Cavegirl Kindra coming up soon! Our Growing Edge is a celebration of new food related experiences. If you have a blog and are looking at eating or cooking something new this month, submit your post here. More information about the event can be found on the Our    Growing Edge Page here.

Heads and wings

Dear reader, I have fallen in love with some weird fish bits. Creamy, fatty, sweet, savoury and undeniably moreish. They are wings. Salmon wings. Salmon wings (also known as salmon collars) are one of those budget cuts that will probably become too popular (like pork belly, beef brisket and lamb shanks) and see a price increase. Get them while they are still cheap! If you have never had salmon wings before, think of them as ribs or buffalo wings of the sea. You may get your hands dirty but it’s worth it. One day I was just ambling through my local supermarket, minding my own business when I spied a tray with 2 large salmon heads. I didn’t expect to see salmon wings at the supermarket. I’ve never cooked with salmon wings but I’d seen a few blogs mention them before so I grabbed them instantly. The salmon heads cost about $2.22NZ ($1.84US) each and had plenty of eating on them. If you are not confident with fish bones or are serving less adventurous eaters, …

Gong Hei Faht Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year to you! This year is the year of the horse. The Koala is actually a horse so I suppose this is his year. We’re heading to my parents house for a celebratory feast, though I’m sure every Chinese restaurant the world over will be packed this weekend so if you’d like to take up the chance for a Chinese feast, make sure you book ahead. With a new month comes a new edition of Our Growing Edge. Thank you to all the bloggers who submitted to last month’s event. It’s always a delight seeing what others are pushing themselves with each month and sharing tips, failures and inspirations. Check this space for the round up by Louise at Crumbs and Corkscrews. The host for February is Kindra from California Cavegirl Kindra. Kindra eats and cooks as clean as possible, following a mostly Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, raw dairy, locavore mission. I’m always looking out for local food producers and celebrating local eating is good for every community. Our Growing Edge is a …

Shared meals and late nights

With a new month, comes a new round up of Our Growing Edge. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, December’s host is Leah from Sharing The Food We Love. While there is never a theme for the event, it was a delight to see many dishes inspired by French cuisine. I guess French cooking is way, way up on bucket lists. The submission list was small but deliciously formed. Read the round up here. More/Less I’m sure I wasn’t the only busy person last month and I hope you all had safe a delicious holiday season. The Koala and I are home after a holiday out in the countryside at on a friend’s farm. Friends old and new, delicious shared meals three times a day and plenty of laughing, chewing the fat and imbibing with friends, some of which we hadn’t seen in years. I had an epiphany. I don’t enjoy cooking at home for groups (it stresses me out), but cooking on holiday is fun. It’s spontaneous and low key. Everyone pitches in a bit of this …