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Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook

Life's a Picnic

Annabel Langbein and her daughter Rose head off to a local Wanaka orchard to pick one of the Central Otago's most eagerly anticipated stone fruits - apricots. The abundant harvest forms the basis of that evening's meal, both as a savory chili dipping sauce for crunchy spring rolls, and as a delicious dessert. For the main course, a brilliant speedy bang bang chicken salad. Recipes from this episode: sausage, tomato and olive pissaladiere, really useful apricot chili glaze, pork and cilantro spring...
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Tuesday, October 16 at 10:00 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.