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June 2, 2020

VEGETABLES PLUS

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MICRO MAGIC

May 20, 2020
Why should we be utilising our microwave ovens more? Because they use less power than traditional ovens, they save time and often foods are higher in nutritional goodies than if boiled or steamed.  Less moisture is lost from the food as there are no radiant elements in ...
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FEEL-GOOD FAVES

May 12, 2020
If there was ever a time when we’ve needed comfort foods then that time is now. Comfort foods give us a sense of wellbeing — of emotional comfort. People’s preferences will differ but generally the consoling dishes will be prepared in a traditional style. For examp...
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SIMPLY SOUPER

May 5, 2020
All soup is soul food. Bee Wilson, British Writer Deservedly a universal favourite, soups come in more varieties than any other dish. A soup provides warm comfort on cooler days and can be a meal in itself — served with chunky breads and/or cheese on the side. Prepared...
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COOL KIDS COOKING

April 27, 2020
Holidays and weekends are a great time to let your kids loose in the kitchen. Whether it be tearing up lettuce leaves for a salad and tossing them with a dressing or some simple baking, food preparation can become a fun art form — if you encourage the kids to use their...
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RICE IDEAS

April 20, 2020
On a visit to my supermarket just prior to lockdown the only rice I could find was 90-second (Tilda Lime & Coriander). And yes, I love it because it’s flavoursome, instant and can be used in many recipes calling for cooked rice. However, the empty shelves indicated to me t...
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CAN-DO COOKING

April 14, 2020
Judging by the number of delicious looking dishes posted on Instagram, cooking has become a creative outlet for both young and old in these unusual and stressful times. Our enforced lockdown is obviously a great time to develop new skills. Canned foods have come into their o...
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SIMPLY SODA

April 6, 2020
‘Can I substitute baking soda for baking powder in my cake recipe?’ asked a friend. Both are raising (or leavening) agents providing carbon dioxide that encourages cakes to rise. But they're different. Baking soda (aka bicarbonate of soda) requires an acid and liquid to ...
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EASTER INSPIRATIONS

March 30, 2020
You don’t have to be a fanatical foodie to enjoy gorging your way through the Easter break —after all, feasting during this period is a historical tradition around the world. Although many countries have their own unique customs festive food is the common denominator...
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CELEBRATING KIWI KAI

March 24, 2020
The bounties of summer are fading away but we can still celebrate the best of the country’s food and wine whether it be at home, under an apple tree or beside a lake.   I love the fact that numerous New Zealand regions are promoting local foods, wines and beers s...
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