Chef and owner of iconic Hawke’s Bay restaurant Pipi, Alexandra Tylee has stuffed her second cookbook with the recipes she cooks at home for her family. When she is not behind the stoves at Pipi, Tylee gets back to her Hawke’s Bay farmhouse and keeps creating amazing dishes, mixing readily available seasonal ingredients with her trademark rustic style of cooking. As a proud working mom, she certainly knows what it’s like to be tight on time or running low on ingredients, and her recipes make cooking interesting, satisfying and fun, transforming even the most humble dish into something special.
“With each dish, I like to get to the heart of a recipe, strip it bare and then see what, if anything, needs adding,” said Tylee. “But when I’m cooking for my family I try not to be too hard on myself; I stick to what I know will work for them and me.”
Whether it is simply a perfectly cooked poached egg on wholemeal toast or a full-blown trumpet-screaming five-course dinner, the emotion of cooking is just the same, and is about taking care of your loved ones.