Quirky Salads, Festival Fever & more - Julie Biuso
Salads, Festival Fever & more I love heading into the kitchen with a
bunch of fresh food and seeing what ideas spring to mind. Smoked fish and
nectarines? Yeah, of course, it's kind of Greekish. I had some
Waiheke-grown edible flowers to hand, heaps of herbs and salad leaves,
the first of the baby Hawke's Bay nectarines, and whammo! An interesting
salad. Nectarine & Smoked Fish
Cauliflower is never boring in my house. I treat it like a blank canvass
and add all manner of things. This version is quite tame compared to some
of the creations I have made! Tasty nonetheless. It's got a bit of a
sweet-sour thing going on. Green Cauliflower Salad
And fennel, delicious fennel. This is sooooo good, simply sliced and
steamed in extra virgin olive oil and wine or verjuice, then left to
sizzle a few minutes until it takes on a shiny glaze. Chuck in a handful
of Sicilian green olives and you've got a power-packed dish perfect to
serve with fish, chicken or pork, or as a star of a vegetable line-up. I
can't resist a handful of parmesan on top. Fennel with Sicilian Green
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actually cut and that are easy to stay sharp – look no further than here.
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are FANTASTIC knives which I have been using for 15 years and I highly
recommend them. You'll be astonished at the price! They're affordable and
make a great Christmas present, too. As does my book Julie Biuso At Home. Got
a foodie friend? Perfect pressie! Well, got to plug myself if nothing
This Saturday I'll be at Rangihoua Olive Estate taking part in the Te Matuku Oyster Festival.
These oysters are sensational, and are well worth a short ferry ride to
try. Great music too, and other foodie treats available (I'll have knives
and books there to check out.)
The following week is the renowned Waiheke Island Garden Safari.
It's a charity event so you can feel good about sticky-beaking around
some of the island's most coveted gardens and homes. I'll be back at
Rangihoua for the Massive Plant Sale, with a market stall with preserves
and cakes and bits and bobs.
You'll also notice that I have put up new dates for cooking classes during
December (November is festival time – I'm also appearing at
Taste of NZ Festival 17th-20th, so no classes during this month).
HEY! Why don't you come on over to Waiheke Island and see what all the
noise is about! Love to see you!