Best Peanut Sauce


Best Peanut Sauce

Authentic spicy peanut sauce. Goes great with the chicken satay recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 cup Peanuts Dry roasted, unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Paste
  • 0.25 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Water
  • 0.5 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2.5 tbsp Palm Sugar
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce, Sweet Use the thick sweet stylle

Spice Paste

  • 4 whole Chillis, dried desseded and soaked in warm water
  • 3 Cloves Garlic peeled
  • 4 small Shallots peeled
  • 1 Stalk Lemongrass Cut into three strips
  • 0.5 Inch Galangal buy frozen from chinese supermarket, just grate it frozen


  • Crush the peanuts till fine in a food processor.
  • Chop the spice paste ingredients corasly and blend in a food processor till very fine. Add a few tbsp water to help blending.
  • In saucepan heat the oil on medium and add spice paste. Add two of the strips of lemon grass. Fry until aromatic and smell spicy.
  • Add ground peanuts, water, tamarind, salt, palm sugar, coriander powder and sweet soy sauce. Stir to combine well.
  • Reduce the peanut sauce on medium-low heat, stir continuously for 5-10 minutes or until the peanut sauce thickens to your desired consistency, or until the oil and the peanut sauce separates.
  • Let cool to room temperature and serve with satay chicken.


Sams Favourite Meat & Vege Glaze


Sams favourite meat & vege glaze

It's a real simple glaze for roast veges and meat. It's got sugar in it so works best when not cooked too long. Baste while cooking for a sticky gooey deliciousness.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 3 people


  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup or use your favourite bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce I use Kikkoman but a nice sweet thick soy would work
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil Any light oil will do
  • 1 tsp Garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar Any vinegar will do really


  • Combine all and mix well. Slather over meat and veges before roasting
  • baste a few times during cooking
  • Brush the pan juices and thickened sauce over food and grill until caramelised and gooey. Yummo


IKEA Meatball Recipe

In the spirit of COVID-19 IKEA have released the recipe for their famous Swedish meatballs.

Here it is. Enjoy


IKEA Meatball Recipe

In the spirit of being kind during COVID-19 IKEA have released their famous Swedish meatball and cream sauce recipe
Servings 4 people



  • 500 gm Beef Mince
  • 250 gm Pork mince
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic Crushed or Minced
  • 100 gm Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 5 Tbsp Milk Use full fat / blue / whole milk not low fat stuff
  • Salt & Pepper Generous serve

Cream Sauce

  • 1 dash Olive Oil
  • 40 gm Butter
  • 40 gm Plain Flour
  • 150 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 150 ml Beef Stock
  • 150 ml Cream Thick / Double Cream
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard



  • Combine beef and pork mince and mix with your fingers to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper
  • Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover, and store in the fridge for 2 hours. This will help them hold their shape whilst cooking.
  • In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C with a fan) and cook for 30 minutes more.

Cream Sauce

  • Melt 40g of butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g of flour and stir for 2 minutes. Add 150ml of veg stock and 150ml of beef stock; continue to stir. Add 150ml of double cream, 2 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp dijon mustard.
  • Bring to a simmer and allow sauce to thicken.


Easy Roast Chicken & Bacon Pie


Easy Roast Chicken and Bacon PIe

A easy make chicken and bacon pie with a creamy sauce. Family favourite
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Whole Precooked Roast Stuffed Chicken Supermarket hot birds are great. Let them cool overnight before use
  • 6 Rashers Streaky Bacon
  • 3 Sheets Flaky Pastry
  • 1 Packet Maggi Cream of Chicken Cuppa Soup Mix
  • 1 Cup Water - Boiling
  • 1 Cup Baked beans Drain most of sauce


  • Once the chook is cold remove all the meat from the bones. You want a range of sizes for the chicken bits. Cube up the stuffing.
  • .Fry up the bacon, Get it good and nicely well done. Chop up roughly once cooked
  • Spray oil a 10x10 square baking tin. Cut Once sheet of pastry in half and use this and one other sheet to line tin. Seal edges by squeezing together
  • Put the chicken in the pastry lined tin. Dot the stuffing over top and the baked beans then spread the chopped bacon around.
  • Mix the soup mix with a cup or so of boiling water. Pour the soup mix evenly around the pie. Cover with last sheet of pastry. Seal edges well. Cut a slit in the top to vent steam.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes depending on oven. Fan bake for a bit then classic bake so the pastry doesn't get burnt. Once baked remove from oven and let stand for 5-10 minutes.


Pan Seared Lamb – Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients


Pan Seared Lamb - Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients

Pan-seared lamb with fresh basil, tender new potatoes and green pesto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1 whole Lamb Leg or shoulder butterflied
  • 750 g New Potatoes baby spuds
  • 250 g Frozen Peas
  • 5 sprigs Basil Fresh is best
  • 2 tablespoons Green Pesto


  • Halve any larger potatoes, then cook in a pan of boiling salted water for 15 minutes, or until tender, adding the peas to the party for the last 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, rub the lamb all over with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  • Starting fat side down, sear the lamb in a non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat for 15 minutes, turning regularly until gnarly all over but blushing in the middle, or use your instincts to cook to your liking. For larger pieces of lamb you may need to finish it in an oven.
  • Remove to a plate to rest, then, with the frying pan on a low heat, make a liquor by stirring in a splash of water and a little red wine vinegar to pick up all those nice sticky bits, leaving it to tick away slowly until needed.
  • Drain the potatoes and peas, tip into the liquor pan, pick over most of the basil, add the pesto and toss it all well.
  • Serve with the lamb, sliced thinly, then pour over the resting juices. Pick over the remaining basil leaves, and tuck in.


Sticky Teriyaki Aubergine – Jamie Olivers 5 Ingredient.


Sticky Teriyaki Aubergine - Jamie Olivers 5 Ingredient.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 1 Whole Aubergine
  • 1 Bunch Spring Onions
  • 2 Whole Chillies 1 Yellow 1 Red etc
  • .25 Cup Peanuts Roasted Unsalted
  • 50 ml Teriyaki Sauce


  • Put a 26cm non-stick frying pan on a high heat and pour in 250mls of water.
  • Halve the eggplant lengthways, quickly slash the skin of each half a few times and place skin side down in the pan, then season with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Cover and cook for l0 minutes, or until it boils dry and begins to sizzle (listen for the change in sound).
  • Meanwhile, trim the spring onions. Cut the whites into 3cm lengths at an angle and put aside.
  • Deseed the chilli and finely slice Iengthways with the green part of the spring onions. Place both in a bowl of ice-cold water and put aside to crisp up.
  • When the eggplant starts to sizzle, add l tablespoon of olive oil, the white spring onions and the peanuts to the pan, stirring regularly.
  • After a few minutes, add a splash of water, drizzle in the teriyaki and reduce to a medium heat.
  • Turn the eggplant, jiggle the pan and let it get sticky for a few minutes, then serve sprinkled with the drained green spring onions and chilli and a few peanuts scattered over the dish.

Google Home Commands That WORK.

SO I’m compiling a list of commands I’ve used with google home that are confirmed to work. It’s starting out small and hopefully will grow large.

Sanity Check: Commands can and do change as Google updates and generally screws round with the Google Home app. I’ll try keep a status and last confirmed date but hey things change.

I use a simple setup. I’ve got a Google Home mini, a bunch of chromecasts and some of the last available Chromecast Audio’s which are a great way to add an old but awesome set of speakers with an analog or optical input and turn them into a cheap Sonos type speaker that you can add to speaker groups or use as a single set of speakers.

“Hey Google. Play the latest episode of Aly & Fila on the Kitchen Stereo

Hey Google. Louder.

So here are some things you can try on your Google Home while you listen to some awesome music.

Hey Google. Whats the Time.

Hey Google. Whats todays weather

Hey Google. Whats tomorrows weather.

Hey Google. How hot is it.

Hey Google. Turn on Kitchen Television

Hey Google. Turn off Kitchen Television

Hey Google. whats the time in Denver Colorado

Hey Google. Tell me a limerick

Hey Google. Add Milk to my shopping list

Hey Google. Whats on my shopping list

Hey Google. Show my photos on living room tv.

Hey Google Play Aly & fila on all speakers

Hey Google Change to Channel One on Kitchen TV

Hey google Turn on Kitchen Lights

Hey Google Turn on all lights

Hey Google Turn on Kitchen heat pump

KFC Secret Recipe

Bottom line, could this be the Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices? We sure think so. The only folks who can say definitively are the keepers of the recipe at KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands. We asked, but the company would only say, “Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one’s ever been right.”














All we know is the recipe we tested certainly tastes like KFC. And whatever it is, it’s finger lickin’ good. Continue reading “KFC Secret Recipe”

Baked Pork Chops

There’s just a few simple ingredients you’ll need for this recipe and chances are most they’re already in the pantry. Salt, pepper, brown sugar and ketchup. The only things you’ll need to buy are some of your favorite pork chops and an onion. The onion was actually my favorite part. They’d get nice and soft on top of the pork chops with that delicious brown sugar cooked right in. Continue reading “Baked Pork Chops”

2016 Ocean Giant vessel evolution at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Every year the United States Antarctic Programs annual resupply vessel Ocean Giant travels from the United States, via Chile and Christchurch, New Zealand on it’s way to McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

The vessel carries approximately 1000 20 foot shipping containers of supplies and equipment needed to keep the station running for another year. The vessel offload is one of the busiest times of the year on station.

The Ocean Giant comes in via a channel cut in the sea ice by the US Coast Guards icebreaker Polar Star, which is the most powerful non-nuclear icebreaker in the world. The Antarctic Treaty prohibits leaving any waste on the continent so once the cargo is unloaded all the previous years waste and old equipment is loaded back on the vessel for transport and disposal back in the United States.

Click through to watch a nice time-lapse video of the evolution taken by one of the crew of the Ocean Giant on 6 GoPro cameras. Continue reading “2016 Ocean Giant vessel evolution at McMurdo Station, Antarctica”

Bad Driving from China Travel Service (NZ) Ltd

In my quest to name and shame drivers who put other road users at risk here is another short video.

This time it’s a bus driver from China Travel Service (NZ) Ltd who clearly thinks cycle lanes are for busses. Actually they are not and it is illegal for any vehicle to drive in a cycle lane.

This bus driver ran me off the road onto the kerb as I was alongside the bus, then to add insult he gave me the finger when I pulled alongside the door and pointed at my cycle camera. He may not be so rude now the footage has been passed to the Police for prosecution.

Click through for the video. Continue reading “Bad Driving from China Travel Service (NZ) Ltd”

Public campaign to buy Able Tasman beach successful

This makes me very proud to be a New Zealander. When it became apparent a pristine beach in the Able Tasman National Park was about to be sold by it’s owner and could fall into foreign ownership New Zealanders got behind a public campaign organised by Duane Major to raise funds to buy the beach so that it could remain in public ownership for all New Zealanders to enjoy.saveourbeach_abeltasman
Continue reading “Public campaign to buy Able Tasman beach successful”