Honey Roasted Pumpkin Soup – Chasing Crusoe.


20190617_102815.jpgWinter is upon us and there’s nothing quite like a warming soup, enjoyed with fresh homemade bread.

I have tried lots of variations to perfect pumpkin soup, but this combination of honey, garlic, herbs & kumara is divine and roasting the pumpkin first, makes the soup all the more full of of flavour.

This soup freezes well…perfect to heat up for ravenous family members who you want to ensure are getting healthy nutritional goodness.

It is perfect for an entree, lunch or light meal. And I hope that you love this recipe as much as my family does! Continue reading “Honey Roasted Pumpkin Soup – Chasing Crusoe.”

Stalks, Stems & Skins – Chasing Crusoe.

Stalks, stems and skins – embracing fruit and vegetables in their entirety in an attempt to help reduce the global food waste epidemic.

Food waste is a colossal worldwide problem. Globally, millions of tonnes of food waste enters landfills every year, resulting in detrimental effects to our environment. According to data from Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand, New Zealanders alone contribute 150,000 tonnes annually to this growing worldwide problem.

It appears that the problems we are facing globally, are overwhelming and that perhaps, our own personal every day decisions could not even come close to having a positive effect or even making a slight difference.

But one simple way in which we could make a start is in our homes…to utilise the parts of vegetables and fruits that we tend to discard. Even if you couldn’t manage to achieve all of this, try beginning with one or two changes and it may not be merely bearable, but also surprisingly pleasant!

Oftentimes, a lot of the taste, texture and nutrients are higher in the parts of vegetables and fruits that we have become accustomed to discarding… Continue reading “Stalks, Stems & Skins – Chasing Crusoe.”

Kiwiana Fried Green Tomatoes – Chasing Crusoe.

No doubt the heartwarming 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes springs to mind when you hear ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’. If you haven’t watched it, it’s definitely a goodie.💛

Fried Green Tomatoes are an iconic food commonly enjoyed in Southern states of America. They are enjoyed as a side dish or a main meal.

I have lots and lots of green tomatoes still in the garden. I have resigned myself to the fact that they will not further ripen. Instead, I decided to try something new, add a Kiwiana touch and cook some Fried Green Tomatoes. Wow, to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised! These are actually delicious…! Continue reading “Kiwiana Fried Green Tomatoes – Chasing Crusoe.”

Coconut & Lime Fish – Chasing Crusoe.

20190430_154004.jpgMy husband played around perfecting this recipe not long after we got married and I couldn’t believe my luck! 😉

As per usual, my recipes are flexible and can be adapted to suit your tastes. Lemons could be substituted for limes…1-2 tsp of chilli could be added…a handful of fresh coriander could be chopped in…just use however many fish you have… Continue reading “Coconut & Lime Fish – Chasing Crusoe.”

Feijoa & Apple Crumble – Chasing Crusoe.

Family recipes are the best! They are delicious as they have been tried & tested through time and they are full of love. This Crumble recipe is a modified version of Great-Grandma’s on my husbands side & I think of her and my mother-in-law whenever we enjoy it. ❤

It is such a versatile recipe as you can use any fruit in season that you have in surplus supply, for the base. There’s no reason why you couldn’t use tinned fruit either. This week, I picked the last few Granny Apples from our tree and the kids were finding them a bit tart. So along with an abundance of feijoas, I used these…

Continue reading “Feijoa & Apple Crumble – Chasing Crusoe.”