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SWEET ON WINTER

August 13, 2019
Let it rain, let it blow, let it snow. All are great excuses for enjoying decadent warming winter puds. And some of the old traditionals have made a comeback. Rice pudding for example. I can’t remember enjoying it that much when I was a child, but this winter I’ve actual...
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ROAST TOAST

August 6, 2019
The perfect antidote to winter blues is a hearty roast. Over the years, roasts have evolved — a plain lamb roast has morphed into a Turkish delight sprinkled with fennel, caraway and cumin seeds and basted in yoghurt. And I sometimes adapt menus to include gluten-free ...
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CHAMPION CH-OICES

July 29, 2019
Chives, chowder and chicken — a tasty trio of winter winners. Chives are the most delicate member of the onion family and have been enjoyed for at least 5000 years. They can be used in just about any recipe which requires a smidgeon of raw onion for flavouring. Best of...
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LARGELY LENTILS

July 22, 2019
Lentils are a nutritious versatile food. A key ingredient in soups, salads, sides, casseroles and savoury bakes, they’re ridiculously cheap and can be stored in airtight containers for months. Lentils are high in protein and fibre and low in fat making them a healthy subst...
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SUPER SLOW COOKING

July 14, 2019
A slow cooker can be the best friend of those living in the fast lane. Tasty, nutritious meals can be quickly assembled in one pot in the morning and the delicious aromatic results enjoyed while relaxing in the evening. Another good thing about slow cookers — they’re...
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CHEESE WINNERS

July 8, 2019
There are approximately 4.2 million dairy cows in New Zealand. Thank goodness. Their top quality milk provides the opportunity for small and larger cheesemakers to experiment and deliver some of the best taste treats in the world. New cheeses such as burrata – a fresh mozz...
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FRUITFUL BAKES

July 1, 2019
When the weather is cold and blustery head into the kitchen and whip up some bakes. Adding some fresh fruit will enhance their appeal. However, baking is an exact science. Here are some tips. •Use level metric measures. •Spoon flour lightly into a measuring cup and ...
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GO WINTER GREENS

June 24, 2019
My son’s fave joke for many winters was: “What’s green and goes to summer camp? A Brussel scout.” He had a distinct dislike of sprouts probably because they grew in abundance in our garden. However, after I began halving Brussels sprouts and roasting them with bacon ...
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CURRYING FAVOUR

June 18, 2019
Chilly days equal warming curries. There are some good curry pastes readily available from supermarkets and Asian food stores — ideal for quick family meals. However, there is nothing quite like the tingling taste of a genuine aromatic curry created from scratch. But t...
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SUPER FOR COELIACS

June 11, 2019
It’s estimated that between 60 and 70,000 New Zealanders have coeliac disease but about 80 per cent don't realise it. Hence the Coeliac New Zealand Organisation is providing helpful hints during Coeliac Awareness week the 10 - 16 June. If you’re feeling bloated, have con...
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