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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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CELEBRATE IRISH STYLE

March 12, 2020
He was born around 385AD in either Wales or Scotland (it’s debatable). Kidnapped by raiders he was taken to Ireland but escaped. He later returned to introduce Christianity. Ireland’s patron saint is commemorated in grand style on St. Patrick’s Day — March 17 &md...
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BIG ON BAKES

March 8, 2020
The tantalising aromas of cakes and cookies baking is enough to tempt even the family’s most hardened cell phone addict to abandon playing on their device and head for the kitchen.  According to food historians, the ancient Greeks were the first to develop sophisticat...
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FRUITS IN THE MAIN

March 2, 2020
The current mantra ‘eat more vegetables’ can also be applied to fruits. And summer is the season of bountiful fruitfulness. A lunchtime favourite at our house is crisp lettuce, topped with fresh juicy sliced peaches, canned salmon and a little dressing. How simple and de...
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BEANS, BEETS & BOK CHOY

February 26, 2020
Green beans are a popular summer vegetable. But are they a veg? Botanists call them ‘fruit’ because fruits are structures that contain seeds. And the green bean we enjoy is an immature pod with seeds inside. Left to mature, the pod dries out leaving seeds that can be pla...
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HOT CHICKEN COOL

February 18, 2020
Tempting aromas of hot roasted chickens greet me every time I enter my local supermarket. If you’re hungry there’s a chance you’ll grab one for dinner. They’re relatively budget-friendly — between $11 and $14 and a little extra when free-range. And they’re ve...
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DOUBLE DELISH

February 11, 2020
Cooking for two is something many of us do every day. Because there are fewer likes and dislikes to cater for, it can be fun, easy and a great time to experiment with new ingredients. It doesn't need to be Valentine's Day to serve something super to a partner or friend. ...
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FAVOUR SUMMER FLAVOURS

January 28, 2020
Preserving abundant summer fruits and veg provides sun-kissed flavours to enjoy in cooler months. But if you are a family of just two then it’s best to make small amounts. When jams, pickles and chutneys are left forgotten for months on pantry shelves they lose their summe...
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KUNG HEI FAT CHOY

January 20, 2020
Just when you thought the festive season was over, along comes Chinese New Year. The longest and most important celebration on the Chinese calendar, the festivities this year run from 25 January to 8 February. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is the Year of the Rat, the...
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SUMMER SEAFOOD

January 14, 2020
When I was a kid, a holiday highlight was catching snapper from the family dinghy. It’s been a long time since I last enjoyed that summer pleasure but I will always remember that delicious taste of the sea. And a sea-fresh smell is what fish should have when you purchase i...
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