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KIDS’ KITCHEN

October 9, 2018

RABBIT OPEN SANDWICH

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LIGHTEN UP

October 8, 2018
With warmer weather approaching now is the time to say ‘no’ to deep-fried foods, muffins for morning tea and snacks before dinner. If you want to look your best at the beach then now is the time to start thinking ‘thinner’s a winner.’ Instead of nibbling on chippie...
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SPICES OF LIFE

October 2, 2018
‘Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves’ has a musical ring — it could have been an alternative name for the Spice Girls. But no, the combination is one of baking’s most popular flavourings — mixed spice. Depending on the manufacturer, the combo may also inc...
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CAN DO

September 26, 2018
As gastronome Andre L Simon stated: ‘Canned foods at times are essential — although there are probably many people who believe anchovies have been born and bred in a can.’ The French wax lyrical about their favourite restaurants, the first asparagus or strawberries...
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SUPER SIMMERS

September 19, 2018
Add a little variety and flavour to family meals with pickled or corned meats. The traditional method of cooking these treats is commonly known as boiling. However, the term is a misnomer. Boiling is spoiling — simmering or poaching is best as this prevents the meat fr...
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BOWLED OVER

September 11, 2018
It’s ironic that we’ve come full circle. We start our lives eating or being fed from a bowl. And after years of designer food served on flat plates, there are now sections on restaurant menus dedicated to ‘bowl food’. Even Lonely Planet has published a book on t...
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LEMON ZINGERS

September 7, 2018
Is this the year of the lemon? My tree is laden and so are the trees of all our neighbours. Gifts of our lemons are being refused — for the first time in my lemon-growing life. Mine are the Meyer variety which do not have the same tartness as the firmer Lisbon lem...
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MEXICAN MUNCHIES

August 18, 2018
The chimichanga might sound like a new dance craze but in reality it is a soft flour tortilla which is topped with a savoury filling then rolled and fried or baked. Tortillas — Mexican breads — have become popular because, like the hamburger, they are a meal eate...
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KIWI CHEESES PLEASE

August 14, 2018
New Zealand cheeses are overwhelmingly tops. And the variety is such that you could savour a different delight almost every day of the year. Cheese is the perfect after school snack and the ideal nibble with drinks. Many of our cheeses have their origins in Europe. Gruyère ...
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CLEVER COFFEE COMBOS

July 31, 2018
There’s nothing quite like a good cup of freshly brewed coffee to rev up your day. However, coffee has other uses. Not only does it add flavour to desserts and bakes, the liquid and the grounds make an excellent marinade for meat Coffee, like red wine, is acidic and acts a...
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