B & B DELIGHTS

March 6, 2021
Bagels and burgers are hot! They’re quick to prepare, can be highly nutritious with the right combo of protein and veg, and there’s hardly any cleaning up.  An authentic bagel — the chewy bun with a hole in the middle — is made with a flour, yeast and wa...
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PEPPY PRESERVES

February 24, 2021
It’s time to preserve the tempting tastes of summer. Time to pack a pickle or two. And a jam or three. However, preserving does not improve poor quality produce — the better the quality, the better the appearance and flavour of the preserve.  Piccalilli is my hu...
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CHINESE CHEER

February 15, 2021
Celebrate Chinese New Year — the longest and most important festival on the Chinese calendar — commencing on February 12 and continuing for 15 days. There are 12 different animal signs in the Chinese zodiac, one for each month of the year. This is the Year of the...
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LUNCH BOX LEADERS

February 7, 2021
It’s back to school and back to work. And back to finding ways to make the transition from holiday fun easier. Interesting new lunch box creations fit the bill. The sandwich is the lunch box supremo: open to endless interpretations and as simple or as elaborate as you like...
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SIMPLY SALMON

January 25, 2021
Salmon is a perfect summer food. It’s readily available, nourishing and quick and easy to cook. New Zealand’s fresh salmon is farmed in pristine coastal waters and in the chilly canals close to the Southern Alps. Salmon is a naturally rich source of top-quality protein, ...
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RENEW YOUR MENU

January 18, 2021
Surprise yourself. Next time you visit your local supermarket or deli browse the shelves with an eye for something different. There are always new temptations to try which will add interest to meals. I recently discovered black bean noodles. They’re 100 per cent plant base...
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GOURMET TRAVELS

January 6, 2021
My hairdresser has travelled extensively overseas but until recently had never visited the South Island. I suspect a lot of Kiwis haven’t explored their own ‘backyard’. So now is the time and I encourage travellers to enjoy some of the food specialties of the regions v...
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NEWS YEAR’S FUN FARE

December 31, 2020
The earliest recorded New Year festivities date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal (spring) equinox — the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness — heralded the start of a...
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SUPER SALAD SEASON

December 26, 2020
Summer is the time for simple tasty food. Healthy salad greens, tomatoes, fresh fruits, cold meats, and cheeses are perfect for the cook and the menu on hot balmy days.  Classical Roman salads were simple — salted vegetables eaten with a dressing of oil and vinega...
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CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

December 23, 2020
If there was ever a year when Christmas celebrations are particularly welcome then this is the one. But every year there are more whims and wishes to cater for. Vegans, vegetarians, coeliacs, meat lovers and ketogenic dieters will gather round the family festive table this y...
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