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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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VIVA ITALIA

May 23, 2021
For me, many of Italy’s dishes are feel-good comfort food. And countless dishes have been embraced by other cultures and countries and become firm favourites. Indeed, the bible of the French kitchen Larousse Gastronomique, makes the concession that ‘Italian cooking can b...
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May 14, 2021

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AUTUMN APPEALS

May 11, 2021
This is the season of mellow fruitfulness and apples and pears are available in juicy abundance. Both marry beautifully with other more robustly flavoured fruits such as raspberries, feijoas and tamarillos. There are many varieties of apples — the ‘king of fruits’....
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MAKE MUM’S DAY

May 2, 2021
Mother’s Day beckons and all I want is a happy family gathering — someone to make me laugh and to cook a meal and clean up afterwards. Many of my friends share my simple wishes. I wonder whether my hopes will be realised? The origin of Mother's Day can be traced back...
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HIGH-FIVE FAVES

April 18, 2021
You don’t need a supermarket in your pantry to create and enjoy delicious meals. And when you’re running from work to make the school pick-up followed by the shuttle service to dance classes or sports practice, when you get home easy meals are a must. Five-ingredient mea...
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SQUASH CHAMPIONS

April 10, 2021
My love affair with pumpkin started many years ago when I dined at the Chateau in Tongariro National Park. The chef served pumpkin soup with orange. He had cooked the pumpkin in a concentrated mix of water, orange juice and finely grated orange rind. I can still remember the...
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WOK WIZARDRY

April 5, 2021
Woks are versatile. Their use is not just limited to stir-frying. You can steam, smoke, braise or simmer, deep or shallow fry. The wok’s shape was originally dictated by the Chinese hob that had an open top surface into which the round-bottomed wok with its flared sides fi...
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