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FRUITFUL WINTER

June 28, 2022
You have to hand it to Mother Nature. It may be cold and miserable outside, but she fronts up with colourful fresh fruit that is packed with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help ward off winter illnesses.  Kiwifruit, citrus and tamarillos are chockfull of vit...
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MIDWINTER MERRY MAKING

June 23, 2022
Throwing a midwinter Christmas/Matariki party is high on my celebration calendar this year. It will be a great antidote for the winter blues. I love a cheerful get-together with family and friends. And the cooler temperatures are more suited to indulgent dishes. Matariki is ...
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IN VOGUE VEG

June 21, 2022
Versatile cauliflowers have become firmly established as the darlings of the vegetable lovers’ society. In recent times they’ve been: ‘riced’, cut into veggie steaks, roasted whole, mashed, stir-fried and ‘souped’ up. “The advantage of the cauliflower is that i...
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SLOW COOKER CRACKERS

June 13, 2022
Mmm. Yum! Just love the aroma of French onion soup simmering away in the slow cooker. The long low-heat cooking brings out the flavours and there’s more than enough to feed the hungry gang when they come in from the cold. Served with crusty bread, this wholesome warming so...
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GLUTEN-FREE DELIGHTS

June 6, 2022
Most of us can enjoy eating whatever we feel like — albeit in moderation. But some of us are not so lucky. Studies show that one out of 70 people are wheat and gluten sensitive but four out of five of them don't know it. Coeliac disease is a medical condition. People w...
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LOVE BITES

May 30, 2022
Winter is the season for TV binge watching. And at the same time, satisfy your inner self with a few scrumptious nibbles. Snacks are a popular addition to the daily menu. They provide extra energy and warmth during the cooler months whether it’s after school or sport ...
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WEEKDAY WINNERS

May 24, 2022
Weekday meals can be easy and economical. And there are some cuisines that fit the bill every time. Asian flavours appeal to most people — think curries, stir-fries and dumplings. These meals are speedy and special. Just keep a selection of economical, multi-purpose sp...
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RICE REWARDS

May 16, 2022
As the Chinese proverb goes ‘The smartest housewife cannot cook a meal without rice.’ And over half the world’s population agree — rice is their staple food and an essential meal maker. In China, Japan and the Philippines, for instance, a meal without rice is usu...
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SUPER BOWLS

May 9, 2022
Soup is the food that suits all seasons — especially winter. This most versatile of all dishes is deservedly a universal favourite with virtually every culture having their own unique version — Spanish Gazpacho, Japanese Miso, Italian Minestrone, Russian Borscht,...
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MUM’S THE W0RD

May 2, 2022
This year our kids will be at opposite ends of the country, so I won’t be able to enjoy their company or culinary skills on Mother’s Day. I would be happy though to receive a restaurant voucher — it would help both me and the hospitality industry. However, I suspec...
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