Thanks for all the fantastic feedback following the first episode of my new TV series last weekend!
If you’re looking forward to the next installment I’m afraid you’ll need to wait another week – tonight’s episode got the bump in favour of the election coverage!
The series will be back next Saturday night at 7pm on TV One, but until then we’ve still gotta eat – and what better opportunity than election night to celebrate the diverse nation we are today with an evening of potluck shared plates. Why not invite your friends over to watch the election results and ask them to bring a plate from their favourite food culture?
Food, after all, is the ultimate conduit, joining us to other cultures and communities from everywhere around the globe. The exciting flavours and culinary traditions of so many cultures grace our supermarket shelves and make it oh-so-easy to cook great-tasting food with very little effort. Ingredients like Vietnamese fish sauce, Thai sweet chilli sauce, Japanese wasabi, Mexican chipotle peppers and Indian spices offer the means for so many speedy transformations of everyday ingredients.
This week I'm sharing some bonus recipes from my new book that would make perfect snacks for your election night party. Make my Avocado Salsa, then serve it as a dip for Corn Tortilla Chips or as a topper for Spicy Seafood Fritters.
The cogs of power will turn another round, spinning policies and agendas into our lives, but whatever the outcome on the night, what's important is that we manage to create a good life around the table.
|Kale is so-hot-right-now and in last week's episode I picked some of this hardy year-round vegetable from my Wanaka garden and cooked it in one of my favourite ways – a delicious side dish I call Kale and Cranberry Toss. For tips on how to grow kale, information about its amazing nutritional properties and other ideas for cooking it, see my Growing Guide.||In last week's Tui Garden Project I showed how easy it is to grow microgreens. For step-by-step instructions and a chance to win a microgreens prize pack (including my new book), see the Tui website. My Tui Spring Road Trip kicks off at Hornby Mitre 10 in Christchurch on Tuesday 30 September, so book your tickets in-store now. To see the full schedule click here.||It was so much fun speeding up into the snow near Wanaka in the dog sledding adventure for the first episode of my new TV show! To see behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot and view YouTube videos of me making the Ultimate Banana Cake and Mexican Hot Chocolate that I took as a picnic for my skiing companions, see the TV pages of my website.|
If you missed last week's episode catch it now on TVNZ OnDemand.