Helen and Richard Dorresteyn of Clevedon Buffalo were the first people to farm buffalo in New Zealand and are famous for their Italian-style cheeses and yoghurt. This new-to-the-market cheese is a beautifully creamy number, meltingly soft and marinated in olive oil, thyme and roasted garlic. It’s easily spreadable and has a light, tangy flavour.

It’s such a brilliant product that I am loathe to play around with it, instead keeping the preparations simple to allow the flavour to shine through – although it (and some of that delicious oil) does go well tossed through a tangle of spaghetti with some chilli flakes and a few herbs, or dolloped onto an Italianstyle frittata with seasonal vegetables.


1.Cook ½ cup lentils (I used beluga, but Puy are also good) until just tender
2.While still warm, toss with a dressing of 2 teaspoons Dijon or other mild mustard, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar and 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or use oil from the marinated cheese jar)
3.Cut 4 zucchini into rounds and fry in olive oil until just tender.
4.Toss with the lentils and add plenty of fresh herbs such as parsley, mint and basil.
5.Dollop on some of the cheese and serve.

Recipes and Styling Ginny Grant / Photography Aaron McLean

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