Inspired by New Zealand's Cuisine

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I have many more photos to post from our trip but I was so very inspired by the fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners, produce, meats, road-side fruits, cheese, everything that I've been excited since we've been back to cook the ideas running through my head. The word that most resonates with me is fresh. And that's exactly how New Zealand cuisine is. Each meal we had showed off the region so that you could taste the seasonal freshness and locality; even see it in surrounding gardens, sea sides, pastures and climates.

There was a lot of citrus and strong flavors in the Canterbury & Marlborough regions where we were the first two days. So I made up a bbq sauce for chicken -- it's sweet and saucy spicy all at the same time, really popping in your mouth. It needed something to cool it down so I made a winter cabbage coleslaw, keeping it healthy with greek yogurt and fresh squeezed lemon juice. The pomegranates add a sweet crunch. And because bbq and beer go so well together, we had winter ale :)

Thank you so much for letting me share my cooking with you all. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you not only reading my blog, but also trying out my ideas and giving me such great feedback. Those of you who have written emails lately about every topic under the sun, thank you!! You are the sweetest, or just make me laugh, and are an encouragement to me.

Sweet & Saucy BBQ Chicken
 {serves 2-4}

2-4 free-range chicken breasts
2 T. honey
juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon
4 T. organic ketchup
about 3 T. olive oil
1 T. apple cider vinegar
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 T. raw sugar
1 T.  worchester sauce
1 teas. red pepper
1 teas. paprika
1 teas. cumin
1 teas. ground mustard
1 teas. salt

 Combine all of the ingredients except the chicken in a bowl. Taste; it should have a kick to it but also very sweet. I don't use exact measurements so feel free to add more of whatever you'd like to according to your taste. Wash and pat dry the chicken and rub in olive oil and some salt and pepper. Place them in a large ziplock bag. Pour in half of the bbq sauce into the bag and get all sides of the chicken covered. Refrigerate for atleast two hours, but overnight is best to let it marinate. Refrigerate the rest of your sauce. Heat up your grill and cook your chicken -- on our old charcoal grill it took about 30 minutes -- basting each side with the sauce as you turn it. Once it's cooked, pour the remaining sauce on top for even more flavor. 

Winter Cabbage Greek Yogurt Coleslaw
 {serves 2-3}

1/2 head of purple or green cabbage, chopped
1 large carrot, shredded
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
handful of fresh cilantro
1/2 pomegranate worth of seeds
8 oz. plain non-fat greek yogurt
1 lemon's worth of fresh squeezed juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
about 3 glugs or Tablespoons of EVOO
1 T. apple cider vinegar
good pinch of salt, about 1 T.

Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing and toss with the cabbage, carrot and red onion. Serve with the bbq chicken and garnish with pomegranate seeds.


  1. yummm! this looks so incredible! i need to try it asap. it sounds like the NZ cuisine is very similar the the australian cuisine! that's one of the things i miss the most when im away from home - the freshness of the food. everything is just so freshhhh and YUMMMM at home. you can find that here, but it's not the same if you know what i mean :) xxx

  2. Mmmm this looks so yummy! If we lived next door to eachother I would be knocking on your door every evening for supper! ;)


  3. Thank you for posting about New Zealand's food! I'm not going to lie, I really had no idea what the food there is like, but I had a feeling that it would be amazingly fresh - the landscape is way to serene for it not to be!
    I'll give this BBQ Chicken a try soon - I love barbecue flavors, but don't eat this very often, so my tastebuds are looking forward to it!

    xx Melanie Fontaine

  4. I can't wait to be able to cook your delicious food!!!!!!!!!!
    the monocle!
    lanneybear out.

  5. This looks de-lish! I can't wait to try it!


  6. None of your recipes have let me down, and I guarantee this one wont either! I cannot wait to try it! Looks soooooo amazing!

  7. I LOVE all your recipes! I've made some of them and they are just fantastic - this one is going on my list too!

  8. What incredible photos and a fab recipe! Can't wait to try it :)


  9. That looks incredible! I thought you were served this at the restaurant, move over Martha Stewart!! :)

  10. this is a beautiful dish! your recipes inspire me to be a better cook for my guy :) i love reading your bloggie

  11. I was hoping that when I'd come to the end of the post, there'd be a recipe to the delicious meal on the photo. It looks super appealing, might try it out this weekend, thanks!

  12. I followed the recipe above to make the BBQ sauce and it was way too spicy for me! Not spicy sweet. To anyone making this recipe I would say HALVE the spices, and then add more as you like.

  13. I'm literally eating this BBQ chicken right now and I just had to say how delicious it is! The sauce is a perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and tangy. Planning to make a larger batch to keep on hand, it is that good! Thanks for the great recipe Amanda!



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