Annabel Langein

Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook

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 scenic shores of Lake Wanaka, where she creates simple, healthy and delicious meals for family and friends.

Season 1

1: Lunch on the Grill

Annabel Langbein cooks a Middle Eastern-inspired al fresco lunch for the grape pickers at Mt. Maude vineyard in New Zealand’s Central Otago. On the menu are home-made Turkish bread, a spicy steak salad and her famous orange lightning cake.

2: A Decadent Dinner

Annabel Langbein helicopters deep into the Southern Alps high country of New Zealand to cook a hearty lunch for the deer musterers. Returning to her lakeside Wanaka cabin, she cooks a dinner of venison tataki, duck confit and a sublime flourless chocolate cake.

3: Paella Party

Annabel Langbein cooks up a seafood celebration feast on the back of her truck at one of New Zealand’s stunning golden beaches. The seaside meal includes the most spectacular beachside paella and flambéed peaches from her Wanaka orchard.

4: 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.

5: Cooking for a Crowd

Annabel Langbein tries her hand at fly fishing on the lake near her Wanaka cabin, then shows how to cook the most succulent trout enrobed in salt. As her neighbors arrive for a cookout she whips up help-yourself hamburgers and blueberry crepes over the outdoor fire.

6: The Perfect Roast

Annabel Langbein visits and gathers culinary lavender and merino lamb from local farms to make a roast dinner with a difference. Also on the menu are deep-fried zucchini flowers and a divine maple and apple tarte tatin.

7: A Taste of Asia

In sunny Nelson at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, Annabel Langbein goes foraging and harvests mushrooms to use in a quick and easy teriyaki fish and mushroom bake. She also shares her recipe for a super-simple lemon and ginger ice cream served with crunchy ginger biscotti.

8: Fiesta for Friends

Annabel Langbein picks heritage apples from a family orchard dedicated to preserving rare varieties in sunny Nelson, New Zealand. Returning to her lakeside cabin, she cooks a Mexican-style feast of succulent slow-cooked pork with smoky chili beans and guacamole, followed by the easiest, most refreshing apple and raspberry sorbets ever.

9: A French Country Table

Annabel Langbein visits her neighbor’s hazelnut orchard in New Zealand’s Central Otago for the fall harvest, cooking up a rib-sticking pea and ham soup and a spiced apple cake for lunch. On the menu that night are artichokes fresh from the garden, chicken and leek gratin, and individual pear and hazelnut tarts.

10: Fish on the Menu

Always up for an adventure, Annabel Langbein wades in boots and all to net for flounder on a Nelson beach at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Her haul is the starting point for a Mediterranean-themed meal featuring a generous platter of tapas, the simplest baked fish and a delicious vanilla citrus terrine.

11: 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.

12: Effortless Entertaining

Annabel Langbein milks goats at her neighbors’ organic farm and then shows how easy it is to make haloumi cheese. She turns this into a starter, grilled on skewers with shrimp and zucchini. Also on the menu are flash-roasted salmon fillets with home-made pesto, and decadent molten chocolate pots.

13: The Ultimate Cookout

Annabel Langbein jetboats across Lake Wanaka to pick luscious raspberries, then returns to her cabin to cook a glorious dinner of grilled chicken and vegetables from her garden. Her silky lemon tart is a show-stopping finish to the ultimate summer meal.