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Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook

Italian Inspiration

Annabel Langbein visits actor Sam Neill's Two Paddocks vineyard to harvest saffron and pick heritage pears, then invites him and his team to her cabin to try her modern take on classic Italian osso bucco and saffron risotto. Her pear and prune custard cream dessert has everyone swooning. Recipes from this episode: choconut slice, balsamic glaze, beet, fennel and goat cheese salad, osso bucco, gremolata, saffron spinach risotto, pear and prune custard cream, coffee liqueur, extra-special coffees

Wednesday, August 29 at 4:30 am on 12.2


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In this inspiring new lifestyle series from New Zealand, celebrity cook, food writer and author Annabel Langbein invites viewers to her idyllic lakeside cabin on the the country's scenic South Island, where she creates simple, healthy and delicious meals for family and friends. The self-taught cook, with more than 20 years of experience working in professional kitchens, stays true to her philosophy that quality, natural ingredients need little in the way of fussy preparation. In each episode, Annabel ventures out in her trusty yellow truck to gather ingredients from local food producers and from her own vegetable garden and orchard. She then combines this seasonal produce with affordable, everyday food items drawn from her global pantry of flavors and her signature "Fridge Fixings" to create bang-bang chicken, corn and Israeli cous cous salad and other internationally inspired recipes. Over the course of 20 years, Annabel has written and self-published 21 cookbooks. Her down-to-earth and free-spirited approach, no-fail recipes and clever kitchen tips and tricks have earned her a passionate worldwide following.