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Vanilla Bean Spritz Shortbread

Makes about 40 cookies Ingredients 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter at room temperature 1 cup icing sugar, sifted 1 ½ tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract, if paste is not available) 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cornstarch ¼ tsp salt Method Preheat the oven to 325 °F and line 2 baking trays with […]


Chicken, Parsley and Almond Salad

Ingredients 1 cold cooked chicken breast (sliced and shredded) 2 handfuls fresh flatleaf parsley 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil juice of ½ lemon maldon salt 50 grams flaked almonds (toasted)  Method Using your hands, mix the chicken and parsley together in a large bowl or on a large plate. Dribble over the olive oil and, still using your hands, toss to mix. Now squeeze over the […]


Roti Paratha

Makes 8 Yudhika‘s tips This dough can be made without a mixer but it takes hours and lots of kneading. The dough must be rested to get the best result. Ingredients 500g cake flour 5ml salt 30ml soft butter 15ml condensed milk 170ml warm water 100ml melted butter Here’s how Place the cake flour and […]

5-Ingredient Fix

The 3 B’s – Beans

PREP TIME: 10 COOK TIME: 300 SERVES: 8 Ingredients 1 pound dried navy beans, soaked overnight in a large bowl of water  1 cup packed dark brown sugar  1/2 cup stone-ground or spicy Dijon mustard  1 1/4 cups water  2/3 cup bourbon  4 ounces slab bacon, rind removed and diced  Kosher salt and freshly cracked […]

Chef At Home

Chef at Home

For previous season episodes >> click here Chef Michael Smith invites you into his home kitchen and shows you how to create uncomplicated, tasty meals for your family and friends. Close your cookbooks, look in the fridge, fire your imagination and let your instincts and appetite be your guide! In each episode Michael inspires home […]


Sarah’s Summer Rental

Cottages and second homes are hot, especially if they’re well priced and show rental potential. Home expert Sarah Richardson and her husband Alexander bought a 1950’s era family cottage to be rented out. In six short weeks, she revives the cottage despite structural surprises, bad weather and remote island location. Sarah’s Rental Cottage proves you can have […]


Oven roasted potatoes with leeks and hazelnuts

Ingredients 6 large potatoes, quartered lengthways ½ cup of hazelnuts, coarsely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 50g butter, cut into chunks 6 baby leeks, washed, trimmed and cut lengthways into strips 1 large sprig rosemary, leaves picked Method Step 1In a roasting dish, mix the potatoes with the leeks, hazelnuts, garlic and rosemary leaves. Step […]


Party Mamas

Party Mamas follows outgoing mothers as they plan over-the-top extravaganza parties for their children.  Gone are the days of pin the tail on the donkey and pizza parties, now it’s time to supersize these events. Party Mamas is a jam-packed, nerve-filled, triple-latte-paced ride through the lives of outrageous and energetic mothers who pull out all […]