Articles

A collection of articles that cover various topics and interests of mine.

JAKE

JAKE

July 10, 2014

Imagine being recast. Not in a play or movie, but in real life. This is the premise of Hybrid Motion Pictures’ self-funded feature film, JAKE – a wonderful piece of New Zealand speculative fiction that desperately needed a website. Read…

Jake approved chicken wings

Jake approved chicken wings

June 8, 2014

My friend Jake loves chicken wings. And rightfully so: they're delicious. Determined to win his respect and approval, I set out to craft the perfect chicken wing. Read…

Chicken udon soup

Chicken udon soup

May 24, 2014

Salty and delicious and perfect for a rainy day or if you have the sniffles. Hope you get better soon, fictional reader. Read…

Scott's Last Expedition

Scott's Last Expedition

May 22, 2014

Last year I started work on the most fascinating website of my career, Scott’s Last Expedition – a responsive website chronicling Robert Falcon Scott’s fateful journey to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Last week, it went live. Read…

Serrano pepper salsa

Serrano pepper salsa

May 8, 2014

My wife graduated at the weekend - PhD in linguistics - so we threw her a party. And what sort of party is complete without freshly made salsa? Lame parties. That's what sort. Read…

How to build a Ghost Shark

How to build a Ghost Shark

April 3, 2014

Since 2009 I've been working on a no-budget feature film with my friend Andrew Todd. It's called “Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws”, and it's nearly finished. We've said that 3 or 4 times before, but this time, I think we mean it. Read…

Coconut panna cotta

Coconut panna cotta

February 20, 2014

I hate making desserts – despise it. The specificity doesn’t interest me in the slightest. Which is why panna cotta is such a delight to make, as it’s basically (mostly?) foolproof. Read…

Macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese

February 19, 2014

Breaking with tradition, this macaroni and cheese is made with heavy cream instead of a classic roux. The result is rich and creamy macaroni and cheese that will take you less time to make than to read this sentence. Read…

The Breakfast

The Breakfast

January 22, 2014

Three years ago today I married my lovely, imaginative, beautiful and endlessly adjectival wife, Abby. But it hasn't always been high fives and roses. Far from it. Allegedly, I used to be a bit of a jerk. Read…

Slow cooker pulled pork

Slow cooker pulled pork

January 21, 2014

Before you start making butt jokes, did you know that ‘pork butt’ is actually from the shoulder of the pig? During the American Revolutionary War, some pork cuts were packed into barrels known as ‘butts’ for transport. I guess you could say [butt joke]! Read…

Basil pesto fettuccine

Basil pesto fettuccine

January 10, 2014

There's nothing I enjoy more than trying to write a recipe summary without sounding pretentious - Kafkaesque, even - so here's a bowl of warm pasta with pesto on it. Read…

Bacon and egg pie

Bacon and egg pie

December 28, 2013

Confuse and delight your American friends with this classic New Zealand pie. Try and find the best bacon you can. You're worth it. Read…

Side effects include unexplained death

Side effects include unexplained death

December 21, 2013

On Tuesday morning as I slept, my torso turned but my neck decided it was fine where it was. After it took me nearly 14 hours to get out of bed, I decided it was probably best I should go see a doctor. Read…

Marie wakes up beside a storyboard

Marie wakes up beside a storyboard

December 14, 2013

4 months ago I made a short film about a girl waking up beside a highway. A few days before that, I sat in a coffee shop drawing a storyboard for the film. Yesterday, I found the storyboard in a notebook that I'd completely forgotten about. Read…

Grilled cheese with ham and Srichacha mayo

Grilled cheese with Black Forest ham and Sriracha mayo

December 10, 2013

Sometimes, the best things in life are also the easiest. Like this delicious grilled cheese sandwich, or giving someone a high five (if you struggle with high fives, always look at the other person's elbow - high fives guaranteed). Read…

Spaghetti with roasted garlic and lemon sauce

Spaghetti with roasted garlic and lemon sauce

December 7, 2013

This dish is summery and fresh and fragrant and I imagine would be great served with some sort of crunchy artisan bread. I'm not really a bread expert, though. Read…

Tales in a test tube

Tales in test tubes

December 6, 2013

3 months ago I ran into Tigertree's co-founder, Josh Quinn, in the self-checkout lane of a Lowe's. We'd met once or twice before, so we made polite chitchat. I said I'd just finished shooting a film. "Oh," he said, "I think I have a project for you." Read…

No one eats the roast beef!

No one eats the roast beef

December 4, 2013

Today I bought half a pound of roast beef. Abby - my wife - was furious. Read…