AUTUMN APPEALS

May 11, 2021
This is the season of mellow fruitfulness and apples and pears are available in juicy abundance. Both marry beautifully with other more robustly flavoured fruits such as raspberries, feijoas and tamarillos. There are many varieties of apples — the ‘king of fruits’....
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MAKE MUM’S DAY

May 2, 2021
Mother’s Day beckons and all I want is a happy family gathering — someone to make me laugh and to cook a meal and clean up afterwards. Many of my friends share my simple wishes. I wonder whether my hopes will be realised? The origin of Mother's Day can be traced back...
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HIGH-FIVE FAVES

April 18, 2021
You don’t need a supermarket in your pantry to create and enjoy delicious meals. And when you’re running from work to make the school pick-up followed by the shuttle service to dance classes or sports practice, when you get home easy meals are a must. Five-ingredient mea...
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SQUASH CHAMPIONS

April 10, 2021
My love affair with pumpkin started many years ago when I dined at the Chateau in Tongariro National Park. The chef served pumpkin soup with orange. He had cooked the pumpkin in a concentrated mix of water, orange juice and finely grated orange rind. I can still remember the...
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WOK WIZARDRY

April 5, 2021
Woks are versatile. Their use is not just limited to stir-frying. You can steam, smoke, braise or simmer, deep or shallow fry. The wok’s shape was originally dictated by the Chinese hob that had an open top surface into which the round-bottomed wok with its flared sides fi...
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APPETIZING EASTER

March 28, 2021
Let’s celebrate Easter. Taking a break, enjoying the end of summer and feasting with friends should set us up for the cooler weather to come.  My local region is celebrating with a huge foodie festival including: culinary gems showcasing their skills at cooking classe...
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CONDIMENTS COMPLEMENT

March 15, 2021
Can you let a morning go by without a fix of Marmite or Vegemite? No? When travelling, do you need to pack a jar of chilli or hoisin sauce? Or is that a tube of addictive habanero mustard tucked in your handbag? Well you must be a condiment fanatic. Congratulations, you’ve...
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Sankaya Fak Thong

March 7, 2021
A traditional coconut custard cooked in a pumpkin. 1.5kg pumpkin or buttercup4 large eggs100g raw sugar1 cup coconut cream Wash and dry the pumpkin. With the point of a small sharp knife, cut out the stem and a small amount of skin, leaving 4-5cm diameter opening. ...
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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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