September 21, 2020
Health professionals encourage us to eat more fruit and using canned varieties is an economical way to bump up your daily intake. However, where possible, choose canned fruits in juice rather than syrup to prevent adding excess sugar to your diet.  The advantages of usi...
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September 12, 2020
Recently I received a message out of the blue from a client in Georgia (SE Europe) asking me if I could develop suitable recipes for a local (Georgian) product to be sold in Japan. An intriguing request! But it got me thinking. I love Japanese food. But Georgian cuisine? Wel...
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September 5, 2020
Men are like wine — some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. Pope John XXIII Most cooks will agree that it’s wise to cook with a wine that you would be happy to drink. But that doesn’t mean you have to select a wine from the top shelf. Just choose a goo...
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Lychee Lamington Sponge

August 31, 2020
Make your own sponge cake or use a bought unfilled sponge. Sponge cake: 4 eggs3/4 cup caster sugar1/3 cup boiling water2 teaspoons butter1 cup self-raising flour1 tablespoon cornflourCoating: 1 packet raspberry jelly crystals1 cup each: boiling water, desiccated co...
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August 27, 2020
Although they have only recently become a foodie favourite around the world, nutritionally-rich super grains have been enjoyed for thousands of years. Quinoa has been used as a cereal for over 5,000 years and was regarded as a sacred food by the South American Incas. It’s ...
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August 25, 2020
Georgian cheese bread. Dough: 1/2 cup warm milk 1/3 cup warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar 2 teaspoons each: active yeast granules, olive oil 2 1/4 cups plain flour 1 1/4 teaspoons saltFilling: 125g mozzarella cheese, grated125g feta cheese, crumbled 2 large eg...
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August 18, 2020
Savour the spud! The ever-popular potato was first cultivated in South America between 5000 and 8000 years ago. However, it took until the 16th century for the pleasures of the potato to be introduced to Europe where they quickly — and understandably — replaced t...
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August 11, 2020
Venetian explorer and writer Marco Polo is considered to be the first westerner to pay any attention to the coconut. ‘One of these nuts,’ he wrote, ‘is a meal for a man, both meat and drink’. In the tropics, the backyard coconut palm takes the place of the family cow...
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August 6, 2020
Kale, kumara and kiwifruit — all nourishing winter nosh.  Kale comes in several varieties including the common curly and the long-leafed cavelo nero. All are great sources of vitamin A, C and K plus copper. They also contain folate, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium,...
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August 5, 2020
One of my favourite winter warmers is a casserole. The combination of meat (usually), vegetables, spices and herbs slow cooked in the oven or on the hob to mouth-watering deliciousness is a cosy comfort. And with cosiness in mind Food Writers New Zealand has released an e-co...
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