Understanding the seasonality of our food

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef With parents that were market gardeners, fishermen and farmers, we grew up with a strong understanding of the seasons and the anticipation of waiting for the new season's... Read More

The changing face of the kitchen

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef I know I'm biased, but the fact is our kitchens have reflected the social and economic changes in our society throughout history. Go back in time and the kitchen... Read More

Who still does a Sunday roast?

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef During the last few weeks I've been talking about the changing of the seasons and how that changes the way we eat. This has brought me, almost inevitably to the... Read More

Fish tales

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef Recently, I've been doing cook schools at fishing clubs around the country. The plan was to give some fresh ideas on seafood. So armed with some snapper, Kingfish... Read More

A little bit cheeky

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef This week I wanted to share with you an old classic that uses a wonderful, if rarely used, cut of meat. Beef cheeks are one of the most astounding flavours and so cheap... Read More

Check out the legs on that one!

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef If it's winter then it must be time for the Seriously Good Food Show at ASB Arena – and this weekend that's exactly where I'll be as master of... Read More

Preparing the prawns

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef Have you ever wondered where the frozen prawns in the supermarket come from? Maybe you've even checked the country of origin and will inevitably have found they... Read More

Adding extraordinary with truffle

Culinary Conversationswith Peter BlakewayFood writer, caterer and private chef As much as we all believe that French food is complicated, the reality is it is really all about the flavour and the quality of the raw ingredients. This dish shows... Read More

Serving up a Greek classic

Peter BlakewayFood writer This week I wanted to share a couple of recipes with you, one my own version of a Greek classic and the other its ancient Arab origin. Best of all, for me, is just how long this one has been around. Moussaka (the stress... Read More

Friends and food in France

Peter BlakewayFood writer Some wonderful friends are in France at the moment and to be honest I'm madly jealous. A few years ago we took a trip to the Basque region of southern France and an abiding memory is watching our youngest son take... Read More



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