FAB FESTIVE DESSERTS

December 11, 2019
Christmas — a time to indulge in delicious desserts. But it's important to balance rich temptations with generous servings of fresh summer fruits. A (glass) bowl of mixed berries such as blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries is simple, eye-catching &m...
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SUPER SIZZLERS

December 2, 2019
Ask most people ‘who invented the barbecue?’ and the majority would say the Americans. However, cooking over coals has existed since the beginning of time — primitive peoples found relighting already charred wood produced the perfect coals for cooking food. In abou...
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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

November 25, 2019
Warmer weather is here and that means al fresco meals are on the menu. It’s magic to escape to the countryside, beach or lake during the weekend with delicious dishes tucked in the chilly bin. I also enjoy entertaining friends for Sunday brunch or lunch with dishes that ca...
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PARTY PLEASERS

November 19, 2019
It’s party season — time for some festive frolics with friends and family and providing those essential finger foods does not have to be stressful or time consuming. Just plan ahead and remember it’s important to provide some choices that are dairy, meat and gluten...
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SNACKING ON RICE

November 12, 2019
Rice has long been the staple diet of over half the world’s population and there are over 100 varieties. It was thought that rice was native to either China or India, dating back to 2800 BC. However, recently rice grains discovered at an archaeological site in northern Tha...
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BAKES YULE LOVE

November 5, 2019
The festive fruitcake as we know it today dates back to the Middle Ages. In the 13th century, dried fruits were transported to Britain from the eastern Mediterranean. As a result, breads became light fruit breads then morphed into rich fruit cakes to be enjoyed on special oc...
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VEGAN VIM

October 29, 2019
Friday 1 November is World Vegan Day. Many interesting events are planned throughout New Zealand including special restaurant menus and potluck meals. There are two types of vegans — dietary and ethical.  Dietary vegans abstain from eating all animal products lowe...
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CHOICE CHEESES

October 21, 2019
Our cheese choices are becoming more sophisticated and eclectic. Gone are the days when mass-produced ‘bricks’ dominated. According to supermarket research and the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association — speciality cheese purchases are up over seven per c...
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CELEBRATE SPRING

October 14, 2019
I have been waiting expectantly for the season’s first strawberries. Now they’re here and although I’m delighted I can now savour a favourite fruit, I find the first berries are often a little tangy and are best enjoyed in smoothies, sauces and bakes. It’s summer whe...
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KIDS’ COOKING CAPERS

October 8, 2019
Foodies are spoilt for choice with the current abundance of TV cooking shows which also have the added bonus of enticing kids into the kitchen. And not just the older ones. I know a three-year-old girl who insists on getting creative with salads and soups. The soups are made...
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