RICE REWARDS

May 16, 2022
As the Chinese proverb goes ‘The smartest housewife cannot cook a meal without rice.’ And over half the world’s population agree — rice is their staple food and an essential meal maker. In China, Japan and the Philippines, for instance, a meal without rice is usu...
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SUPER BOWLS

May 9, 2022
Soup is the food that suits all seasons — especially winter. This most versatile of all dishes is deservedly a universal favourite with virtually every culture having their own unique version — Spanish Gazpacho, Japanese Miso, Italian Minestrone, Russian Borscht,...
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MUM’S THE W0RD

May 2, 2022
This year our kids will be at opposite ends of the country, so I won’t be able to enjoy their company or culinary skills on Mother’s Day. I would be happy though to receive a restaurant voucher — it would help both me and the hospitality industry. However, I suspec...
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VEGGIE VARIETY ACTS

April 25, 2022
According to American humourist Fran Lebowitz ‘Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.’ An amusing quip but only partially true. While meat plays the main role and veggies are relegated to the supporting cast in ma...
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PEAR POWER

April 20, 2022
Pears — with their delicate  flavour— are one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits. In 5,000 BC, Feng Li, a Chinese diplomat, first grafted pears for the commercial market. In The Odyssey, Homer, the Greek poet, praised pears as a ‘gift of the gods....
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EASTER ENTERTAINERS

April 11, 2022
Around the world, Easter is a time when traditional treats take pride of place on the menu. Dried fruits and nuts feature in numerous Easter bakes. Hot Cross Buns, generally considered an English custom, combine spices with currants, peel and raisins. They were originally ma...
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Winemaker | Carrick | Central OtagoGrowing up in Central Hawke’s Bay, Rosie wanted to work with animals and become a Veterinarian. After not getting into the required programme at University, Rosie defaulted into a Science Degree while still trying to figure out ...
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OF THE ESSENCE

April 5, 2022
Vanilla can add umami (Japanese for savoury deliciousness — the fifth basic taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter and salty) to many dishes. It is produced from a variety of orchid that flourishes in the tropics. In 2002, Bay of Plenty family Jennifer and Garth Boggis to...
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MEXICAN ON THE MENU

March 29, 2022
They are meals with real family appeal. Finger lickin’ good, fill-your-own fun south of the border style. Flour tortillas are the bread of Mexico and are perfect for wrapping around fillings. If they tend to stick together, pop them in the microwave on high power for 20-30...
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CORN AND CUKES

March 23, 2022
Trivia quiz time! How many kernels does the average corn cob have? Apparently, 800 arranged in 16 rows. I was given this information by an enthusiastic grower but haven’t had the time — nor the inclination — to check this out. Sweetcorn is at its sweetest when ...
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