RECYCLED REWARDS

October 22, 2021
Another unexpected hunkering down at home has seen a complete cleanout of my pantry. I discovered large bags of sumac and ground turmeric left over from a photography shoot 18 months ago and just past their best-by dates. Their flavour intensity was a little diminished but t...
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BIG ON BRASSICAS

October 18, 2021
Do you remember your mum saying ‘Eat your greens’? Followed immediately by those discouraging words ‘They’re good for you.’ Nothing about how delicious they were, nothing about the preparation (ie ‘I’ve stir-fried them in orange juice’), and certainly no inte...
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KITCHEN CAPERS

October 11, 2021
In many ways, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between school holidays and lockdown. But to keep spirits up during the hols, encourage the kids to enjoy some simple fun playing chef in the kitchen. The following recipes don't require much cooking so they are suitab...
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SOLD ON CITRUS

October 6, 2021
This is the season of citrus at its zingy best. Oranges, lemons, mandarins and grapefruit are versatile, tasty, and low in kilojoules. New Zealand-grown navel oranges are a one of my faves: luscious, juicy and moreish. Segments add pizzazz to winter salads. Combine them in a...
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PANCAKES AND PIKELETS PLEASE

September 28, 2021
The accidental creator of the famous pancakes, Crêpes Suzette, was a 14-year-old boy, Henri Charpentier. He was cooking a crêpe sauce for a special restaurant customer, Albert, Prince of Wales. The sauce — a combination of citrus, sugar, butter and various liqueurs a...
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Mollie's Bar and Eatery

September 14, 2021
Blenheim's relatively new Mollie's Bar and Eatery, attached to Hotel D'Urville, took top honours in this year's Great NZ Toastie Takeover, which attracted more than 120 entries nationwide and saw more than 80,000 toasties served up to punters.  Chef Steve MacDougall's d...
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COUCH POTATO PICKS

September 14, 2021
I love a feel-good story and the winner of the 2021 Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover challenge certainly has one.  Steve MacDougall of Blenheim lost his job at a local restaurant when Covid hit. He became a stay-at-home dad to three-year-old John and nine-year-old Kom...
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FRYING PAN FAVES

September 7, 2021
For my husband and I, frying pan meals have come into their own over the last two months. We have been waiting to shift into a new house. After initially staying with kind friends, we rented a tiny apartment with extremely limited cooking facilities. But it did have an excel...
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ON THE BALL

September 2, 2021
There are three good things about bliss balls and truffles. One, they are generally mixed by hand and easy to make. Two, they don't require baking and three they taste delicious. These winners can be served as snacks, with coffee after dinner or they can be a substitute for ...
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TIME FOR TEA

August 27, 2021
The Chinese accepted the medicinal values of tea as early as the fourth century BC. Wild tea leaves were gathered from trees and bushes and combined with water to produce a tonic. During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD) it was found that covering the leaves and steeping them ...
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