KELLI BRETT, EDITOR, CUISINE
WHO INFLUENCED YOUR approach to food and shaped the type of cook that you are?
As we created this special family-themed edition for you,
I put this question to the team at Cuisine. Their answers are in each recipe feature, giving you a generous glimpse of their own families, important food memories and valuable knowledge and skills passed on through the generations.
Of course, we didn’t all grow up with the benefit of a nurturing mum in the kitchen. You might not have discovered the joy of cooking until much later in life, but I think it’s fair to say that most of us gravitate towards food that we find comforting or familiar. Our families can be complicated, but food will always bring us together.
Fiona Smith experiments with her mum’s classics, Ginny Grant serves up an Italian-inspired feast, Will Bowman provides hearty and versatile stocks that will see you through an array of family dinners and Emma Galloway turns to flavours of her childhood. And yes, we’ve also got you covered if you are not surrounded by family, with Sarah Tuck’s clever ideas for being home alone.
Skycity’s rock-star chefs share their go-to comfort dishes with you, on page 86. In these recipes you can see strong cultural food influences and get an idea of what Al Brown, Sean Connolly, Nic Watt, Peter Gordon and Jeff Tan might be serving up to their own families. Meanwhile, Anna King Shahab navigates the treacherous road to the family dinner table and gives chefs’ suggestions for fun meals with a minimum of fuss.
Congratulations to the winners of the Feast Marlborough Rare Fare competition (see page 136). Ginny Grant shares the winning dishes and a list of must-buy items for your next trip to beautiful Blenheim.
In this glorious issue you are privy to a little bit about the people behind our food at Cuisine. We all have a very different journey, but we are united by the immense pleasure that comes with cooking and sharing with you.
Read on and cook well.