Annabel Langbein’s Free Range Cook showcases simple, healthy meals

Annabel Langbein visits actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks vineyard to harvest saffron and pick heritage pears, then invites him and his team to her cabin to try her modern take on classic Italian osso bucco and saffron risotto.
Annabel Langbein visits actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks vineyard to harvest saffron and pick heritage pears, then invites him and his team to her cabin to try her modern take on classic Italian osso bucco and saffron risotto.

In this inspiring new lifestyle series – THE FREE RANGE COOK – from New Zealand, celebrity cook, food writer and author Annabel Langbein invites viewers to her idyllic lakeside cabin on the scenic shores of Lake Wanaka, where she creates simple, healthy and delicious meals for family and friends.

The self-taught cook, with more than 20 years of experience working in professional kitchens, stays true to her philosophy that quality, natural ingredients need little in the way of fussy preparation. In each episode, Annabel ventures out in her trusty yellow truck to gather ingredients from local food producers and from her own vegetable garden and orchard.

She then combines this seasonal produce with affordable, everyday food items drawn from her global pantry of flavors and her signature “Fridge Fixings” to create bang-bang chicken, corn and Israeli couscous salad and other internationally inspired recipes. Her down-to-earth and free-spirited approach, no-fail recipes and clever kitchen tips and tricks have earned her a passionate worldwide following.

  • This new series starts Saturday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m.