In each half-hour episode, Annabel ventures out by jetboat, helicopter or in her trusty yellow truck to meet local producers, gathering quality ingredients to combine with her own seasonal harvests in simple but delicious meals to be shared with family and friends.
With her free-spirited approach and effortless recipes, she shows how easy it is to bring good food and good times into today’s fast-paced world.
In this inspiring new series from Annabel Langbein, you’re invited to take time out from your busy schedule to savour life’s simple pleasures.
Episode 1 – Lunch on the Grill
Annabel Langbein cooks a Middle Eastern-inspired al fresco lunch for the grape pickers at Mt Maude vineyard in New Zealand’s Central Otago. On the menu are homemade Turkish Bread, a spicy steak salad and her famous Orange Lightning Cake.
Episode 2 – A Decadent Dinner
Annabel Langbein helicopters deep into the Southern Alps high country of New Zealand to cook a hearty lunch for the deer musterers. Returning to her lakeside Wanaka cabin, she cooks a simple but indulgent dinner of Venison Tataki, Confit Duck and a sublime Flourless Chocolate Cake.
Episode 3 – A Paella Party
Annabel Langbein cooks up a seafood celebration feast on the back of her truck, including the most spectacular Beachside Paella and flambéed peaches from her Wanaka orchard.
Episode 4 – Italian
Annabel Langbein visits Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks vineyard to harvest saffron and pick heritage pears, then invites him and his team to her cabin to try her modern take on classic Italian osso bucco and saffron risotto. Her Pear and Prune Custard Cream dessert has everyone swooning.
Episode 5 – Cooking for a Crowd
Annabel Langbein tries her hand at fly-fishing on the lake near her Wanaka cabin, and then shows how to cook the most succulent trout enrobed in salt. As her neighbours arrive for a barbecue she whips up Help-Yourself Hamburgers and blueberry crepes over the outdoor fire.
Episode 6 – The Perfect Roast
Annabel Langbein gathers culinary lavender and merino lamb to make a roast dinner with a difference. Also on the menu are deep-fried zucchini flowers and a divine tarte tatin.
Episode 7 – A Taste of Asia
In sunny Nelson at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, Annabel Langbein harvests mushrooms to use in a quick and easy Teriyaki Fish and Mushroom Bake. She also shares her recipe for a super-simple Lemon and Ginger Ice Cream served with crunchy Ginger Biscotti.
Episode 8 – Fiesta for Friends
Annabel Langbein picks heritage apples and then returns to her lakeside cabin to cook a Mexican-style feast of succulent slow-cooked pork with Smoky Chilli Beans and guacamole, followed by the easiest, most refreshing apple and raspberry sorbets ever.
Episode 9 – A French Country Table
Annabel Langbein visits her neighbour’s hazelnut orchard for the autumn harvest, cooking up a Rib-Sticking Pea and Ham Soup and a Spiced Apple Cake for lunch. On the menu that night are artichokes fresh from the garden, Chicken and Leek Gratin, and Individual Pear and Hazelnut Tarts.
Episode 10 – Fish on the Menu
Always up for an adventure, Annabel Langbein wades in boots and all to net for flounder on a Nelson beach at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Her haul is the starting point for a Mediterranean-themed meal featuring a generous platter of tapas, the simplest baked fish and a delicious Vanilla Citrus Terrine.
Episode 11 – Life’s a Picnic
Annabel Langbein and her daughter Rose head off to a local Wanaka orchard to pick one of the South Island’s most eagerly anticipated stone fruits – apricots. The abundant harvest forms the basis of that evening’s meal, both as a savoury chilli dipping sauce for crunchy spring rolls, and as a delicious dessert.
Episode 12 – Effortless Entertaining
Annabel Langbein milks goats at her neighbours’ farm and makes haloumi to grill on skewers with prawns and zucchini. Also on the menu are flash-roasted salmon fillets with home-made pesto, and decadent Molten Chocolate Pots.
Episode 13 – The Ultimate Barbecue
Annabel Langbein jet-boats across Lake Wanaka to pick luscious raspberries, then returns to her cabin to cook a glorious dinner of barbecued chicken and vegetables from her garden. Her Silky Lemon Tart is a show-stopping finish to the ultimate summer meal.
view episodes and recipes from the previous season here