SUPER FOR COELIACS

June 11, 2019
It’s estimated that between 60 and 70,000 New Zealanders have coeliac disease but about 80 per cent don't realise it. Hence the Coeliac New Zealand Organisation is providing helpful hints during Coeliac Awareness week the 10 - 16 June. If you’re feeling bloated, have con...
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TANTALISINGLY FRESH

June 1, 2019
The recent inaugural Feast Waikato proved beyond doubt that the small food producers in New Zealand have talent. From award-winning boutique butters, ferments and cheeses to brews, honeys and ice cream, these dedicated entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the country’s cu...
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PASTA PLEASE

May 27, 2019
Although today pasta is a widely enjoyed meal, it was once available only to Italian noblemen. And up until the 16th century, pasta was combined with a variety of sweet ingredients and cooked well beyond al dente or ‘just tender’. However, in the late 17th century when l...
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HIGH FIVES

May 21, 2019
Help remove the stress from weekday cooking with a little bit of planning and these easy-to-prepare five-ingredient meals. For Monday to Friday dinners, there’s nothing practical about a recipe with multiple components. However, meals need to be balanced. Keep staples such...
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HOT FOR SOUPS

May 13, 2019
Hurray! Soup weather has arrived. For me, Monday’s lunch is also Wednesday night’s dinner. I simply double the recipe then freeze it in meal-lot quantities. A good soup is a meal in one bowl, nutritious and easy to eat.  Soup is as old as the history of cooking. It ...
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FRUITS OF SUCCESS

May 5, 2019
Autumn fruits are a tasty antidote to a dose of the blues that come with cooler days. And a new star on the scene is the red-fleshed kiwifruit, albeit in limited quantities. I first tasted an Asian variety in China’s Yangtze Valley and wasn’t impressed with either the fl...
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APPETISING ASIAN

April 22, 2019
Asian cooking techniques and condiments are now so widely used in Kiwi kitchens that they have become the norm. Stir-frying has been around since New Zealand’s gold rush days and the popularity of Chinese restaurants in the 1950s had a big influence on home cooking. The ch...
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ENJOY EASTER

April 15, 2019
Most countries observing Easter have their own unique traditions but all have one thing in common — food. Maybe this is because in many societies it follows weeks of foregoing treats. Easter breads, cakes and biscuits are popular especially in predominantly Roman Catho...
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MUSHROOM MAGIC

April 9, 2019
Once known as the ‘food of the gods’, wild mushrooms have been enjoyed around the world for thousands of years. However, not all of us wish to experiment with the wild varieties found in the countryside. It’s easier to have fun with the commercially grown varieties ava...
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GLUTEN-FREE FARE

April 1, 2019
Several years back, when two family members were diagnosed as gluten intolerant, I thought ‘Oh no, planning meals is going to become harder’. There weren’t many products available to help alleviate my dilemma. But today I make enjoyable gluten-free meals and bakes for ...
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