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Getting Dressed Up

Sometimes, a good dressing is all you need to transform a mundane salad into a sensational salad! Dressings can often be high in fat with lots of oil and mayonnaise, but some of my favourite dressings not only pack a flavour punch, but are healthy too. It’s easy to make up your own dressings (and you can get a little creative), but the key thing is you get a good balance of sour, salty and sweet flavours. You can always throw in some aromatic herbs too!

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Tips for food photography at home

We know you all love to share pictures of your My Food Bag creations; whether it be showing us your good work, or impressing others with your culinary skills. We've had countless requests to share tips and tricks to help you snap like a professional. Here are our top 5 pointers:

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Delicious, versatile Edamame Beans

Edamame, unripened green soybeans fresh from the pod, are among the few plant-based foods that supply complete protein. This staple in Japanese cuisine is not only healthy, but yummy too! Some of you Food Bag foodies would have tried edamame beans in our recipes recently and might be struggling to work out what to do with your left overs. How about try one of these recipes!

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Our charcutier, L’Authentique

We’re proud to supply L’Authentique, an award-winning, New Zealand owned and operated charcuterie. They specialise in quality French products made from locally sourced free-range meats, created by imported French men.

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Our Smokey Seafood Supplier

This week we're excited to be providing Family Bag foodies with beautiful smoked kahawai from ‘Smokey Seafood’ to create delicious Smoked Fish and Pumpkin Cakes. I’m a real fan of their smoked seafood – I love its rich flavour and delicate texture!

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Warming Butternut and Kumara Curry Soup

What better way to warm up on a cold winter’s day than to sit down and enjoy a bowl of delicious soup. Here’s an adaptation of one of our most popular Classic Food Bag recipes, that’s not only perfect for this weather, but will also use up any leftover root veggies that you may have in your kitchen.

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Our Superb Herb Supplier

I love cooking with fresh herbs as they turn an everyday meal into a culinary masterpiece. Fresh herbs provide not only vibrant flavour, but make the food look and smell amazing! Although the wonderful world of fresh herbs can be confusing as there’s such a variety of herby goodness.

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Cooking Sous-vide Style

This week our friends at Harmony will be providing Gourmet foodies with some delicious sous-vide pork shoulder for Wednesday night’s Pulled Pork and Black Bean Soft Tacos. This cooking method takes the hard work out of achieving the delicious results of a slow cooked meal.

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Pasta Mia – a Journey of 20 years

This week we're excited to provide Gourmet Bag foodies with beautiful pumpkin spaghetti from “Pasta Mia” to create delicious Pumpkin Spaghetti with Wine Barrel Smoked Mushrooms, Balsamic Shallots, Chèvre and Spinach. I’m a real fan of their authentic pasta products – I love their delicious flavour and beautiful texture!

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Cooking with The Chiefs

We're proud as punch to be part of The Chiefs Family, feeding the lads with our nutritious (and delicious) recipes and fresh ingredients. I love travelling to the Waikato for some hands on time in the kitchen with the boys. They're as talented in the kitchen as they are on the field!

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A Sweet Treat for Mother’s Day

After you’ve treated Mum this weekend with a delicious Regal Artisan Salmon Breakfast Bagel, how about you make her feel extra special with these gorgeous Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles. These are super quick to make and incredibly decadent, I’m certain Mum with love them!

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Honey-Baked Persimmons with Vanilla and Cinnamon

Winter is here, which brings the arrival of persimmons! These orange delights are under-rated and people often don't know what to do with them. So here's a recipe for a quick, simple and healthy dessert that will (hopefully) make you fall in love with them!

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Benefits of eating vegetarian once a week

Do you think eating vegetarian is a huge mis-steak? Well we have news for you – eating a meat-free dinner one night a week not only opens up a whole world of exciting foods, but can also improve your health and help the environment.

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Paneton, our French bakery

We’re excited to provide award winning, and simply delicious, bakery ingredients from Paneton French Bakery. Their passionate team are continually developing new and exciting products for us to supply our lovely foodies with. I love working with their products, whether it be topping a pie with their flaky puff pastry or serving a comforting soup with a delicious crusty bread roll on the side.

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A delicious Chocolate Caramel Coffee Slice

What better way to treat Dad on Father's Day tomorrow than with this delicious Chocolate Caramel Coffee Slice. I'm sure Dad will love this rich and decadent treat.

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Frank's Sausages Premium free-range sausages

This week I’m excited to have provided our Classic Bag Foodies with delicious smoked paprika pork sausages from ‘Frank’s’. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do – served with Ajvar, a delightful Serbian capsicum relish, and Lebanese pita breads.

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Our Customer Story

Enough of us talking; we thought we’d share with you some recent feedback from one of our customers. Thanks for sharing this with us Kendra.

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Our Christmas Bag Feedback

You've probably heard about our Christmas Bag and how it will make the festive season a time of celebration and relaxation. If you're still not quite sure about whether or not to order yours this year, check out some of the amazing feedback we received last year.

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Inspiration from My Food Bag

Enough of us talking; we thought we’d share with you some recent feedback from one of our customers. Thanks for sharing this with us Tanya.

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The Perfect Poached Egg

A delicious well-cooked poached egg is such a treat to start the day and can make a great addition to many meals no matter the time of day! This week our Family foodies will be poaching eggs to make a lovely addition to Thursday night’s haloumi, courgette and herb fritters. Here are my tips for cooking the perfect poached egg every time.

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