Sea Fare

August 5, 2021
Eat healthy. Eat seafood. It can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, it can lower blood pressure and may even help ward off depression. The magic ingredients are the omega-3 fatty acids which are notably common in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna. Cooking tem...
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CHEAP AND CHEERFUL

July 22, 2021
Budget meals don’t have to be boring. Try different combos of herbs, spices or sauces to add interest to your dishes. They’re relatively economical and once your pantry is well stocked, your creations are only limited by your imagination.  Meals with rice, pasta and...
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FRUITFUL SEASON

July 12, 2021
Persuading kids – and even ‘big kids’ — to eat their veg is often a challenge. I tempt my family with broccoli trees and a dip of mayo and tomato sauce; or fresh Vietnamese-style spring roll wraps with finely shredded cabbage, julienned carrot and capsicum; or ju...
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COOKING USA

July 3, 2021
The Fourth of July is party time in the United States when families gather together to celebrate the Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776. I’ve experienced a couple of Independence Day parties in the USA and on both occasions was amazed by the quantity and qual...
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CURRIED VEG VIM

June 28, 2021
I remember the day I discovered one of the secrets of a successful French chef in Melbourne. Standing next to him as he cooked, I noticed a tiny pinch of curry powder being added to a sauce. (Very non Cordon Bleu!) The taste wasn’t obvious in the sauce at all — it ju...
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SPICE OF LIFE

June 21, 2021
Love is like a spice. It can sweeten your life — however, it can spoil it too. Confucius. Using spices in cooking is a balancing act. Too little can be too vague, too much can dominate.Chinese Five-spice is a pungent combination of ground cinnamon, star anise, fennel s...
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FOUR DAY’S FARE

June 17, 2021
Monday to Thursday you need dinner fast. These meals have to be tasty, easy to cook and family friendly.  The term ‘munchie’ originally referred to snacks that were devoured before dinner to relieve hunger pangs. In recent years it has become a term for yummy food t...
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GLUTEN-FREE TREATS

June 6, 2021
“Removing gluten from one’s diet isn’t a choice but a necessary way of life for up to 70,000 Kiwis living with coeliac disease,” says Coeliac NZ General manager Wendy Bremmer. Even a tiny portion of gluten has serious consequences for coeliac sufferers and that’s w...
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PORK APPEALS

May 29, 2021
Pork provides more bang for your buck than many other meats. It’s a firm favourite on the summer barbie and a top choice for warming winter winners.   The key to producing tender, juicy pork is to avoid over-cooking. Pork schnitzels take about 1-2 minutes each si...
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KIMCHI

May 29, 2021
Add julienned carrot if preferred or combine a mix of red and green cabbage. 1/2 large Savoy cabbage4 tablespoons salt1 tablespoon sugar4 cloves garlic, crushed2 tablespoons each: finely grated root ginger, fish sauce, gochujang (Korean chilli paste)4 each: spring onion...
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