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The Food Files

My favourite and experimental recipes are indexed here.
All recipes are Sue Courtney's original creations unless otherwise stated. Recipes are inspired by the season and by the wine match.

Recipe Finder from the Blog
Blog Date
Neil's Pork with Pinot Gris May 11 2009
Chicken Thighs Stuffed with Asapragus, Capsicum and Kapiti Goat's Cheese Nov 30 2008
Coriander and Capsicum Potatoes Nov 30 2008
Sauvignon Blanc Food Friendly Nibbles Nov 5 2008
Pan Fried Pork Medallions with an Apple, Bacon, Leek and Pinot Gris Sauce Oct 9 2008
Pork with Five-Spice, Dried Apples, Kumara and Leeks Aug 11 2008
Moroccan-flavoured Lamb with Apricots and Cumin Aug 2 2008
Pumpkin and Chickpea Soup Aug 2 2008
Neil's Stuffed Mushrooms Jul 30 2008
Rod Malcolm's Leek and Parsnip Soup Jul 17 2008
Potato, Leek and Blue Cheese Casserole Jul 15 2008
Cheese Fondue Jun 22 2008
Beef Casserole in Smoky BBQ Sauce Jun 18 2008
Rack of Lamb with a Wine Reduction, Cherry & Chocolate Sauce In WOTW, w/e 8 Jun 2008
Pan Fried Dory with an Almond Butter & Citrus Sauce Jun 4 2008
Lamb Fillets with Redcurrant Sauce May 28 2008
Bacon Wrapped Herb Chicken Drums & Orange Spiced Chicken Drums May 24 2008
Venison Pattie and Smoked Mushroom Stack May 21 2008
Aromatic Lamb Shanks with Olives and Oranges May 15th 2008
Cavolo Nero May 6 2008
Wine Soaked Pears and Blue Cheese Salad Mar 26 2008
Stuffed tomatoes & Capsicums Mar 23 2008
Baked Goats Cheese on Roast Beetroot Mar 18 2008
Self Saucing Peach and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Bacon Mar 7 2008
Pizza Patate Jan 5 2008
Alaskan Crab in Garlic and Butter Jan 3 2008
Basil Tomato and Avcado Salad Dec 13 2007
Lamb Backstraps in a Mint Sauce Marinade Dec 8 2007
Stuffed Mushrooms Nov 7 2007
Delish Lamb Drums Oct 21 2007
Creamy Ceps Sep 26 2007
Lamb Shanks Marinated in Pinot Noir Aug 4 2007
Spanish Lamb Cutlets Jul 8 2007
Roast Lamb in a Red Currant Sauce
In WOTW, w/e 1 Jul 2007
Spicy Sausage Soup Jun 28 2007
Mushroom Soup Jun 23 2007
Honey Citrus and Coriander Chicken Jun 18 2007
Feijoa Honey Pudding
In WOTW, w/e Jun 10 2007
Fennel, Butternut and Ham Risotto In WOTW, w/e Jun 3 2007
Argentinian Gaucho Style Steak with Chimichurri Sauce May 25 2007
Beetroot Risotto 17 May 2007
Carol and Fennel Soup In WOTW, w/e May 27 2007
Fish Cakes with Sauvignon Blanc Beurre Blanc In WOTW, w/e May 13 2007
Duck Breasts with Red Peppers and Mushrooms May 5 2007
Italian Duck Legs Apr 17 2007
Brandied Mushroom Pies and Pinot Noir Mar 24 2007
Chilled Peach Salad and Peach Soup Feb 26 2007
Summer Pasta Salad Feb 24 2007
Thai Scented Burgers Feb 22 2007
Fennel seed & citrus zest encrusted pork fillet with a pear & fennel sauce Feb 19 2007
Fish in a Sherry and Mushroom Sauce Feb 9 2007
Italian Style Duck Legs Feb 5 2007
Apple, potato, onion and bacon rosti In WOTW, w/e Jan 28 2007
Chicken Tenderloins with a pomegranate sauce Jan 13 2007
Gazpacho Soup Jan 6 2007
Roasted Tomatoes and Capsicums Jan 5 2007
Venison with Roasted Beetroot in a Balsamic Glaze In WOTW, w/e 15 October 2006
Apricot and Mandarin Temptation In WOTW, w/e 11 June 2006

Simple Sauces - Jan 2007
Basil and Balsamic Tomato Sauce
Pan Fried Snapper with Sauted Pears and a Cream Sauce

Recipes to match to Zinfandel - Jun 2006
Turkey or Chicken Breast with A Cranberry and Orange Sauce
Spicy Hamburgers on Homemade Whole Kernel Corn Bread
Juicy Steak with a Zinfandel Wine Reduction
Roast Fillet of Lamb with mint and garlic
Creamy Spiced Pumpkin

Recent Recipes from Wines of the Week - Feb 2006
Tuna with Pinot Noir
Chorizo with Red Pepper Sauce
Marinated Fillet of Lamb
Light Whitebait Patties
Spiced Duck Breast
Alfred Wark's Poached Grapefruit
Pork braised in a Spiced Wine and Citrus Reduction
Kumara Salad

The Feast of Seven Fishes - Jan 2006
A Christmas Seafood Feast

Soup Fairy - July 2005
Easy to prepare soups to complement wines

Using up the Leftovers - January 2005
Lazy summer days mean barbecues, easy to prepare foods and leftovers the next day
Try my bubbly scones - made with left over sparkling wine.

Watermelon - November 2004
Juicy, delectable, versatile and non-fattening recipes with watermelon.
Cooking with left over wine - 20th September 2004
Chicken in Red Wine
Lamb chops braised in Sauvignon Blanc
Pork and Yam Casserole

Winter Puddings - 7th June 2004
School Girl Chocolate Pudding
Rick Stein Inspired Bread and Butter Pudding

May Days - Heading into Winter - 4th May 2004
Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Baked Grated Carrot and Persimmon
Pan Fried Crispy Skinned Salmon with Feta Cheese Sauce
Pork Hocks Braised in Ginger Ale
Pork Butterfly Steak with and Apple and Fig Sauce
Baked Apples stuffed with Figs, Pumpkin Seeds and Honey

The Last Days of Summer - 10th March 2004
Chicken Thighs stuffed with Basil and Pears
Roasted Kumara and Pear Mash with Coriander infusion
Potatoes and Peas in a creamy Feta and Garlic Sauce
A few favourite Marinades
Summer Fruit in Sweet Late Harvest Wine
Christine's Mock Riesling

Yummy Fresh Summer Food - 26th January 2004
Roasted Cherries
Rich Tomato, Basil and Capsicum Soup
Roast Summer Veges with Tomato Sauce
Potato Caesar Salad
Syrupy Strawberries

Food for fresh, new season, Sauvignon Blanc - 16th October 2003
Fusili Pasta with tomatoes and Feta
Coci-Hoki - Fish, Coconut and Coriander Risotto
Spinach and Butternut in Coconut Cream
Cabbage with Coriander and Coconut Cream

Fennel Frenzy - 20th July 2003
Fennel Braised in Sauvignon Blanc
Whole Baked Fennel
Fennel, Bok Choy and Coriander Rice
Easy Pan Fried Fish
Warm Fennel, Apple and Pumpkin Seed Salad
Fennel, Bacon and Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry
Fennel and Carrot Soup

Winter Solstice - 19th June 2003
Chrissy's Yummy Vegetable Soup
Loin of Lamb in a Voluptuous Red Wine Sauce
Mulled Wine

Autumn Ends - 25th May 2003
Mountain Paw Paw Salsa
Sage and Honey Chicken in a Self Saucing Sauce
Mother's Day Fruit Salad

Autumnal Offerings - 25th April 2003
Gurnard in Lemon Butter
Roast Lamb in Pinotage Grape Jelly
Pinotage (or other grape) Jelly and Jam
Autumn Fruit Crumble

Recipes for a Sweet Wine - 25th March 2003
Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad
Pork Fillet stuffed with Pears and Sage served Chardonnay Beurre Blanc
Pear and Potato Rosti
Honey Sage and Orange Potatoes
Basil and Orange Beans
Toffee Peaches Poached in a Gewurztraminer Reduction

Going Corny - 22nd February 2003
Chicken and Corn Stack
Stuffed Tomatoes
Baked Feta

Orange Passion - 12th January 2003
Candied Orange Peel
Candied Orange Bowls filled with Panna Cotta
BBQ'd Smoked Salmon in Citrus with a Creamy Dill Sauce
A Salad Bouquet

Feastive Feasting - 16th December 2002
Summery treats for a downunder Christmas
- Peppered Strawberry Bites
- Spiced Orange Turkey
- Glazed Ham
- Rosey Sorbets

Tasting the Whitebait - 6th October 2002
Whitebait whitebait

Pinot Friendly Food Flavours - 8th September 2002
Salmon poached in Pinot
Mushrooms in a Pinot Sauce
Hints for cooking with Pinot
Lamb Kuckles with Pinot and Beetroot

Turkey and Tamarillo - July 31, 2002
Turkey Fillet in a Tamarillo and Port Sauce
Simple tamarillo Jus for steak or lamb
Tamarillo and Mint Jam
Whole baked tamarillos with Marsala Wine

Lazy Winter Weekends - June 30, 2002
Winey Meatloaf
Whole Roast Beetroot
Beetroot and Apple Sauce
Baby Beets and Turnips in a Goats Yoghurt Sauce

Autumn Inspirations - May 31, 2002
Pumpkin, pinenut, bacon and green bean salad
Chicken with autumn vegetables - choko, courgette and baby bok choy
Neil's mini lamb roast

Sacrificing the Lamb - March 22, 2002
Lamb on the Spit
Pink Lamb Risotto

Grape Vine Leaves and a Summer Chicken Salad - February 17, 2002
BBQ'ed Snapper in a Grape Vine Leaf Parcel
BBQ'ed chicken tenderloins with strawberries and a mango and basil sauce

Summer Tomatoes and Basil - January 25, 2002
Festive Salad
Easy Roasted Tomato, Capsicum and Basil
Pappa al Pomodoro
Chickens Thigh in a Tomato, Capsicum and Basil sauce

Easy Entertaining on the BBQ - December 16, 2001
Filet Mignon New Zealand Style
Summer Fruit Salad

Experimenting with spring blossoms - November 20, 2001
Pumpkin, Pinenut, Nasturtium and Orzo Salad
A Puree of Loquat

Simple Sensations for Sauvignon Blanc - October 9, 2001

Spicy Gewurz Matches - September 2, 2001
Aunty Edna's Marinated Fish
Easy Spiced Chicken
Pork Hawaiian

Twice as Rice - August 12, 2001
Easy Risotto
Fennel, Olive and Sauvignon Blanc Risotto
Crispy Skin Salmon Fillet

Gorgeous Tamarillo - July 16, 2001
Recipes include: -
Tamarillos poached in a red wine sauce

Duck Season" - May 30, 2001
Duck with Chocolate and Pinotage Jus
Choko Crazy" - April 29, 2001
Recipes include: -
Chokos in a White Sauce
Chokos in a creamy herb sauce
Baked Chokos
Stuffed Chokos
Choko Soup
Sauteed Chokos
Choko Stuffing or Dumplings
Choko and Pork Roll-ups
Choko Stew

A Pear of a Challenge" - March 21, 2001
Recipes include: -
Pear, cheese and tomato on toast
Pear, smoked salmon and cream cheese cocktails
Warm chicken salad with garlic oil flavoured pear and kumara crisps
Pear and potato fritters
Pear and creamy blue cheese sauce
Pork and Pear Roll-ups
Poached Pears in marsala with whipped cream and caramelised pear strips

A Mystery Box Recipe Challenge - February 11, 2001
Recipes include: -
Grilled Goats Cheese on a bed of puy lentils and pancetta
Salmon fillet on a bed of cabbage, coriander and coconut cream

Tasty wine and food matches for holiday entertaining - December 8, 2000

Spaghetti with Kerr Farm Pinotage Sauce - July 25, 1999
In a frying pan melt some butter with some oil.
In this saute 1 large clove of crushed garlic, one finely chopped pickling size onion and three coarsely chopped rashers of streaky bacon.
When the onion is golden and the bacon is glossy, remove.
In the remaining butter and oil (if none left add some more) brown about 500 grams of minced beef. Return the garlic, onion and bacon mixture.
Sprinkle in some mixed Italian herbs, a tin of tomato and courgettes and salt and pepper to taste.
Add a splash or two of Kerr Farm Pinotage. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Check the liquid. If too dry, add some more wine or water. Now add about half a cup of chopped mushrooms. When the mushrooms are cooked the sauce should be ready.
Serve over spaghetti pasta cooked to your taste and enjoy with a glass of two of the Kerr Farm Pinotage 1998. Delicious!

Note: I only cook with wine I would drink. While the alcohol dissipates with the cooking, the flavours of the wine remain in the food.

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