Author(s): Daisy Dagg and Amber Vito
This is rustic fare for everyday Kiwis that's fit to feed a rugby team! Daisy and Amber should know, as partners of All Blacks Israel Dagg and Victor Vito they have a wealth of experience creating mouthwatering meals that are not only delicious but healthy enough for an athlete. In The Rugby Pantry they share not only recipes and cooking tips but also personal anecdotes and private tidbits -- the same combination that has made them a Facebook sensation. From hearty winter fare such as Red Wine & Garlic Lamb Shanks with Herbed Mash & Cabbage or Sage and Milk Poached Crispy Pork Belly with Home-Made Spiced Apple Sauce, to light, quick and healthy such as Skinny Man's Butter Chicken or Crispy Skin Salmon with Ginger Kumara Mash; from delicious desserts such as Tamarillo Tart or Apple & Feijoa Crumble to the slightly unusual (Rice Bubble Prawns or Kiwi Pineapple Lump Slice), The Rugby Pantry has the right recipes for your family, whether you be sportspeople or just Kiwis who love a good hearty meal.
"The Rugby Pantry is both confidante and culinary diary. It takes us that much closer to our rugby heroes through the gastronomic talents of their significant others." -- NZ Herald
Amber Vito is an honours graduate in communications (Victoria University) whose parents set up the country's first gluten-free bakery. She co-owns The Boutique Collective, an online fashion shop, and works fulltime at a digital and marketing recruitment agency. Daisy Aitkin has a background in interior design. She has set up Daisy Chain Interiors in Christchurch.