Food, Family & Friends Podcast 40: Trudi Nelson – Broadcaster, Food Writer NZ

Trudi (the Foodie) Nelson and I met properly on the Tall Ship, Esmeralda, from Chile that was in Auckland’s port in November 2016. I was a little nervous, Trudi is such a well-known personality through her cross media work as a Broadcast Journalist and a feisty foodie who was on the Executive Committee of the NZ Food Writers Association. However, as soon as I met her, I realized my fears were unfounded. She is fun and vibrant. She is a busy Mum, has a load of TV and Radio work, is passionate about food and has just sold up the family home and poured money, heart and soul into a new venture with her husband – the Fresh Factory in Mt Eden.  

Trudi and I chat about our mutual love of food, of sharing food and how our lives are totally intertwined with our passion of food. Trudi shares how she and her husband Mark are literally living and breathing their business – and physically living on the other side of the wall.

Trudi also shares the story of coming to NZ with an Aussie accent as a child and being teased so often that she tirelessly worked on her Kiwi intonation and how grateful she is now or she may not have ended up in broadcasting! We laugh that she hates to read fiction and only enjoys reading cookbooks – she is not alone.. This is a fast paced episode which I hope you will love!

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Recipe of the week, here it is: Shepherds Pie (Serves 6)

> Ingredients:

8 Agria potatoes, peeled and halved
Dash of milk
Knob of butter
Salt and pepper
500g cooked lamb mince (or your left-over roast lamb, minced up)
Left over roast gravy or make 250ml
Handful of fresh baby spinach leaves
1 can of baked beans
1 cup grated cheese

> Method:

1. Boil the potatoes, drain and make into a mash with a bit of milk and butter. Season and set aside.
2. Mix the lamb and gravy together and place in a pie dish. Layer with spinach leaves and then baked beans.
3. Spoon over the mashed potatoes and sprinkle grated cheese on top.
5. Cook at 200° in a fan-bake oven for 15 minutes or until hot and golden. Serve with a leafy salad or freshly steamed peas.

 

 

 

NZ Tech Podcast 322: Robot Taxes, GM and Lyft autonomous taxi plans, Webstock and Accessibility, Orion goes AWS

 

 

 

 

This week Rod Drury (Xero) and Lillian Grace (CEO. Figure.NZ) join Paul Spain to discuss taxing Robots, Webstock, Uber’s latest drama, Orion and Xero go Amazon Web Services (AWS), GM and Lyft autonomous car trial, Google Loon, Sonos, AirPods, home WiFi and more.

We also giveaway over $3000 in prizes this week if you sign up to Paul Spain’s email newsletter at paulspain.com. Special thanks to the companies that donated prizes for our listeners this week – Spark NZ (Galaxy S7 Black Onyx), Samsung (Gear 3), Vodafone (Smart Ultra 7 – Android phone), Logitech (K375s Multikeyboard, C922 Webcam), Norton (Norton Security Premium).

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests were Rod Drury (CEO, Xero) and Lillian Grace (CEO, Figure.NZ).

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 39: Kelli Brett – Editor, Cuisine Magazine NZ

 

What I loved when I first met Kelli Brett, was her comment “oh I think I’m going to like you as I enjoy your sense of humour on social media.”

There was also an almost Kiwi humbleness about this Australian when she insisted that she is still shocked at the reaction in a crowd when she mentions she is the Cuisine Magazine Editor.  I laughed when she said this because she has only been in the country for just over a year and whilst I am also an import, I have learned that the Cuisine magazine is the holy grail of mags for all true foodies in this country. I figured, she is newish to town and whilst a big wig and crazy busy, surely as a compatriot she will give me time for an interview!

What I was not expecting was the hint of constant co-incidences between us.  I wanted to shout throughout the whole interview – but hang on ‘same here’, but hey ‘that happened to me too!’ but I was aware that she herself is a professional and well- practiced interviewer and I needed to keep her focussed on her story – and not mine!

She is worried her story is not enough about food. Yet she mentions her 1200 cookbooks (of which I sighted at least 10%) so that is testimony to her love for food surely. And for heaven sakes we already know she is into food or there is no way any one would have her as Editor of Cuisine.

The fact she also curated the award-winning, Australia Cooks, which chronicles Aussie artisan producers and their food which itself spun from her “The Main Ingredient” food radio programme that aired on the ABC nationally, is enough to put her credentials in perspective.

For you the listener, this is an episode all about the woman behind the brand – and the brand is Kelli Brett.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast, hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

NZ Tech Podcast 321: 1 Million Podcast Downloads, Banks vs Apple, US Homeland Security vs Travellers, $3000+ Giveaways

 

 

 

 

Celebrating over 1-million downloads of NZ Tech Podcast on this our 6th anniversary. Topics included Homeland Security vs Travellers, Australian Banks vs Apple, PayPal account risks, Logitech’s 4K webcam, Intel Coffee Lake, near Invisible Malware. We also giveaway over $3000 in prizes this week if you sign up to Paul Spain’s email newsletter at paulspain.com

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests were Brett Roberts, Bill Bennett.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 38: Damon Gameau – ‘That Sugar Film’

Damon Gameau was already a well respected Aussie actor before taking a chance and filming himself in an experiment around the effects of sugar in our diet. He wasn’t sure the film would even make it to the public – he certainly was not aware of the effects on his body that the experiment would have, and he definitely did not think that he would become a Food Advocate – highlighting the importance of eating ‘real food’, mostly vegetables and fruits and certainly limiting or cutting out the processed stuff.

Our chat is an important one as it centres around family health, and encouraging everyone to take the time to understand the differences between food processed for you and what you are able to gain from eating delicious natural foods. He and I share our views on banning of foods for kids; on cooking from scratch and how food plays an integral part in our health – mind and body.
If you love food, if you love yourself and your family – then this episode is vital.
BUT don’t imagine that it is dry and boring – not a chance.

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NZ Tech Podcast 320: 31c0n Ticket Giveaway, Luggage Robots, Windows 10 Cloud edition, Is your TV watching you?

In this episode, we discuss the ratepayers footing the bill to fly in extra IT professionals to NZ, the latest on train travel pod trials in India, Gita the personal cargo carrying robot and exciting news on 31 c0n conference coming this month in Auckland – better yet – be in to win a ticket to the conference by signing up at paulspain.com

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests were Paul Brislen, Paul Poteete.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 37: Nadia Lim, Chef & Author NZ

Nadia Lim is a household name due not only to her huge success as winner of MasterChefNZ in 2012 but also as the face of My Food Bag, a recipe and delivery grocery service in NZ.

In more recent times she has launched her own magazine entitled “Nadia” and is the author of 5 cookbooks plus another on the way.

Together we chat about our shared passion for cooking and Nadia’s determination and zeal to win the Master Chef competition in order to jump start the career she always dreamed of. 

 

This is an inspirational journey of nutrition, food, cooking, motherhood and most of all a story of a girl following her dream to the true height of success.

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For more info or to keep up with Nadia, visit her on facebook and twitter or a video on how to make gluten-Free Banana, Coconut and Lemon Loaf.

Food, Family & Friends Podcast, hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

 

Recipe of the week: Breakfast pie by Nadia Lim

Serves: 4
Prep: 30 Minutes
Cooks in: 30 Minutes + 15 Minutes cooling
Ingredients:
  • shortcrust pastry, 1 large square sheet – see Tips
  • oil for frying
  • bacon 200g – See Tips
  • onion 1, finely chopped
  • mushrooms 150g, sliced – see Tips for preparation
  • sour cream 150-200g
  • milk ¼ cup
  • eggs 5
  • parmesan ½ cup, finely grated, plus a little extra
  • fresh thyme 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • cherry tomatoes 250g, cut in half
  • parsley pesto or basil pesto ¼ cup
  • milk or beaten egg to glaze

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 200°C.

  1. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface until big enough to line a 28cm pie dish with the pastry overhanging the edges a little. Line dish with pastry but don’t trim the edges – the overhangs will be folded over the pie later (so it’s nice and rustic and we don’t waste any pastry).
  2. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Cook bacon for a few minutes, then add onion and cook for a further 4-5 minutes until soft. Scrape out and set aside.
  3. Add another drizzle of oil to frying pan and cook sliced mushrooms for about 5 minutes until soft and all the moisture from the mushrooms has evaporated (the less moisture in the pan, the better).
  4. Whisk sour cream with half the milk until smooth, then whisk in remaining milk, then eggs, parmesan, thyme, a good pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Scatter bacon, onion and mushrooms over pastry. Pour egg mixture on top. Arrange cherry tomatoes (cut-side up) over surface, dot with pesto and sprinkle with extra parmesan. Fold over any overhanging pastry and brush pastry with a little milk or beaten egg.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until pastry is golden and filling is just set. Allow to sit in the pie dish for at least 15 minutes before cutting.
  7. Serve with a leafy green salad and avocado with some chutney (or good old tomato sauce) on the side.

Top tips:

  • Pastry is easiest to work with when cold; if it’s too warm, it can melt and become difficult to handle. If pastry is frozen, defrost on bench then refrigerate till needed (or defrost overnight in fridge).
  • Instead of bacon, you could use sausage (breakfast sausages or leftover ones), or a combination of both.
  • Never wash mushrooms in water – you want to avoid moisture soaking into them. Instead, brush or wipe off dirt with a pastry brush or paper towels; don’t forget, a little dirt never hurt anyone. Trim a little off the stalks, too.

 

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