In my fridge: Peta Mathias

16:00, Nov 12 2012
Peta Mathias
CULINARY ADVENTURER: Peta Mathias, at home in Auckland.

Variously described as 'passionate', 'razor-witted' and 'adventurous', nurse-turned-chef-turned-TV presenter and author, Peta Mathias wears many hats. She runs culinary tours of Morocco, India and France, makes TV shows and writes books - her latest, Beat 'Til Stiff, is her 'recipe for life'. In between, she lives in Auckland - and this is what she keeps in her fridge.

1. WHAT FIVE THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR FRIDGE?

Red wine, because it keeps better in the fridge once opened.

Parmesan cheese, because it makes almost any dish taste better.

Butter, because it keeps my curves curvy.

Green vegetables, because they taste good.

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Lots of cured ham like prosciutto, because if you forget to buy meat or fish, it's always there for back-up.

2. DO YOU HAVE A STANDBY, NEVER-FAIL RECIPE THAT USES ALL OR SOME OF THESE INGREDIENTS?

Cook dried pasta, melt a little butter over it, lay slices of Prosciutto on top and sprinkle with shards of Parmesan cheese. Steam green vegetables and eat on the side. Drink the red wine.

3. WHAT'S THE MOST EXOTIC THING IN YOUR FRIDGE?

Poppy bulbs given to me by a friend and I still plant them year after year.

4. WHAT DO YOU NEVER STORE IN THE FRIDGE?

Fruit and tomatoes - it kills the taste and changes the texture.

5. WHAT DO YOU DREAM OF FINDING IN YOUR FRIDGE?

As I am now royalty [Mathias was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in June], I expect to come home from my travels and find a tiara in my fridge.

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