Made chili in the slow cooker and let it bubble away all day while I explored the Te Papa museum.  So nice to have waiting for me when I got back! :D Cheese and avocado topped it off.

Made chili in the slow cooker and let it bubble away all day while I explored the Te Papa museum.  So nice to have waiting for me when I got back! :D Cheese and avocado topped it off.

Amazing $5 vegan plate from Krisha Food, a food stand on campus.  I’m lucky enough to get this for free every Monday evening after my yoga class, but sometimes I have it during the week for lunch as well.  You get rice, curry (different kind every, salad with crushed peanut dressing, and a scoop of Indian dessert pudding made of semolina and fruit.  One of the best parts of the week, every week.

Amazing $5 vegan plate from Krisha Food, a food stand on campus.  I’m lucky enough to get this for free every Monday evening after my yoga class, but sometimes I have it during the week for lunch as well.  You get rice, curry (different kind every, salad with crushed peanut dressing, and a scoop of Indian dessert pudding made of semolina and fruit.  One of the best parts of the week, every week.

Just wanted to share the absolutely divine Moroccan lamb tagine wrap I had at the Wellington Night Market this evening, courtesy of Zaaffran. (New Zealand lamb, of course!) Such beautiful colours and flavours inside.  Some Moroccan mint tea was the perfect accompaniment for the chilly winter evening. 

Wahooo I found the reduced produce section at the local supermarket!  If there’s anything I like better than fresh veggies, it’s fresh veggies on sale.  I managed to get mixed greens and organic sprouts (chickpeas and adzuki beans) for a really good price.  I’ve never had raw sprouted chickpeas before, and I was really surprised to find that they taste very similar to shelled sugar snap peas, in both texture and flavour.
I topped this salad with brown rice, sprouted chickpeas and adzuki beans, shredded carrot and purple cabbage, some shaved cheddar cheese, and a fried egg.  A drizzling of balsamic dressing and fresh cracked black pepper finished it off.  Feels good to be eating healthy again.

Wahooo I found the reduced produce section at the local supermarket!  If there’s anything I like better than fresh veggies, it’s fresh veggies on sale.  I managed to get mixed greens and organic sprouts (chickpeas and adzuki beans) for a really good price.  I’ve never had raw sprouted chickpeas before, and I was really surprised to find that they taste very similar to shelled sugar snap peas, in both texture and flavour.

I topped this salad with brown rice, sprouted chickpeas and adzuki beans, shredded carrot and purple cabbage, some shaved cheddar cheese, and a fried egg.  A drizzling of balsamic dressing and fresh cracked black pepper finished it off.  Feels good to be eating healthy again.

This is from last week but I still wanted to put it up.  On Tuesday morning, I dissected a sheep in my pathology lab.  Since my sense of humour tends to be on the ironic side, I went out and got some New Zealand lamb and made myself a steak dinner.  It was great.

This is from last week but I still wanted to put it up.  On Tuesday morning, I dissected a sheep in my pathology lab.  Since my sense of humour tends to be on the ironic side, I went out and got some New Zealand lamb and made myself a steak dinner.  It was great.

I haven’t posted on this blog in ages—but for once I actually have a good reason (well, two reasons) for it.  The first is that when I got out of school and moved back home for the summer, I was working almost every day and rarely had time to make/photograph blog-worthy food.  The second is that after a shortened summer, I have made the long journey to the other side of the world and am now residing in New Zealand for a semester-long exchange!  It’s absolutely gorgeous here.  I do have my own kitchen in my flat so I hope to at least occasionally find the time to make something good.

Last night was one of those nights, and this was the result.  Check out my breaded, pan-fried chicken with a honey mustard buttermilk sauce*, mashed potatoes, and fresh NZ greens with a honey mustard dressing.

* I didn’t make the sauce (got it as a free sample bottle from the supermarket), but it was amazing.

I haven’t posted on this blog in ages—but for once I actually have a good reason (well, two reasons) for it.  The first is that when I got out of school and moved back home for the summer, I was working almost every day and rarely had time to make/photograph blog-worthy food.  The second is that after a shortened summer, I have made the long journey to the other side of the world and am now residing in New Zealand for a semester-long exchange!  It’s absolutely gorgeous here.  I do have my own kitchen in my flat so I hope to at least occasionally find the time to make something good.

Last night was one of those nights, and this was the result.  Check out my breaded, pan-fried chicken with a honey mustard buttermilk sauce*, mashed potatoes, and fresh NZ greens with a honey mustard dressing.

* I didn’t make the sauce (got it as a free sample bottle from the supermarket), but it was amazing.

Dinner the other night: honey-spice chicken thighs, spinach-blueberry salad, and seasoned oven fries.

Dinner the other night: honey-spice chicken thighs, spinach-blueberry salad, and seasoned oven fries.

What I made for breakfast on father’s day.  It was a kind of Mexican breakfast taco.  I made some semi-mashed spiced black beans, which we spread on a tortilla first, then topped with a fried egg, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, and fresh chimichurri.

What I made for breakfast on father’s day.  It was a kind of Mexican breakfast taco.  I made some semi-mashed spiced black beans, which we spread on a tortilla first, then topped with a fried egg, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, and fresh chimichurri.

Santa fe pizza on the barbecue! Homemade crust topped with cheddar cheese, onions, jalapenos, corn, chicken, avocado, salsa, and sour cream.

Santa fe pizza on the barbecue! Homemade crust topped with cheddar cheese, onions, jalapenos, corn, chicken, avocado, salsa, and sour cream.

Happy belated National Burger Day! (One day late.) I’ve been craving a burger for dinner all week and we finally got to make them tonight.  My brother made some homemade sweet potato fries and chipotle mayo.  I piled my burger with arugula, swiss cheese, onion, tomato, avocado, and some of the mayo, all on a toasted brioche bun! Paired with some beer and the baseball game, it was a good meal.

Happy belated National Burger Day! (One day late.) I’ve been craving a burger for dinner all week and we finally got to make them tonight.  My brother made some homemade sweet potato fries and chipotle mayo.  I piled my burger with arugula, swiss cheese, onion, tomato, avocado, and some of the mayo, all on a toasted brioche bun! Paired with some beer and the baseball game, it was a good meal.

Salad lunch to go: spinach, apple, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and sunflower/pumpkin seeds with a lemon vinaigrette.  Yummyyyy.

Salad lunch to go: spinach, apple, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and sunflower/pumpkin seeds with a lemon vinaigrette.  Yummyyyy.

I got home from work early today and spent the rest of the afternoon watching Chopped—so of course I was feeling inspired to do some experimenting with dinner.  I made a spicy chicken quinoa bowl with a lime-sriracha-agave sauce and peas.  I garnished it with scallions, cilantro, and some raspberries to add a pop of colour and complement the sweetness of the agave.  I love this photo!

I got home from work early today and spent the rest of the afternoon watching Chopped—so of course I was feeling inspired to do some experimenting with dinner.  I made a spicy chicken quinoa bowl with a lime-sriracha-agave sauce and peas.  I garnished it with scallions, cilantro, and some raspberries to add a pop of colour and complement the sweetness of the agave.  I love this photo!

Can’t take the credit for this one; my dad made some awesome chicken parmesan and tomato sauce, all from scratch following a recipe he had watched on America’s Test Kitchen the day before.

Can’t take the credit for this one; my dad made some awesome chicken parmesan and tomato sauce, all from scratch following a recipe he had watched on America’s Test Kitchen the day before.

Greek night! Garlic potatoes, fresh pita bread, Greek salad, homemade chicken souvlaki, and of course a big mound of tzatziki.

Greek night! Garlic potatoes, fresh pita bread, Greek salad, homemade chicken souvlaki, and of course a big mound of tzatziki.

Haven’t posted in ages, but I have some food photos saved up from some of the excellent meals I’ve had since getting home from school.  Here’s what we made on my first night back: grilled flank steak with homemade chimichurri, grilled peppers and onions, spiced corn, and Mexican rice.

Haven’t posted in ages, but I have some food photos saved up from some of the excellent meals I’ve had since getting home from school.  Here’s what we made on my first night back: grilled flank steak with homemade chimichurri, grilled peppers and onions, spiced corn, and Mexican rice.

Kreon by Stijn.