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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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VEG FEST

January 10, 2020
Two vegetarians are joined us for Christmas dinner and I was delighted. Serving a selection of jazzy vegetable dishes is probably more satisfying for the cook than roasting a leg of lamb. Black garlic (Garlic Noir) is a great source of curiosity and comment. It’s white gar...
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NEW YEAR NIBBLES

December 30, 2019
Do we ‘Ring in the New Year’ or ‘Bring in the New Year’? Well, despite the debate at the dinner table last night, we were all correct. Ringing in the New Year refers to the old tradition of bell ringing to announce the end of the old year and herald the start of the ...
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SALAD SAVIORS

December 27, 2019
According to an Electrolux group survey, one-third of all the food the world produces ends up in the bin. However, one-ninth of the world’s population does not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. Something to think about when emptying the festive food scraps in...
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MEAT GREETINGS

December 17, 2019
Why do Kiwi Christmas dinners still reflect chilly northern hemisphere celebrations? Hot roasted meats and vegetables are still preferred by most New Zealanders — even when temperatures rival those in the oven. Our families have already had their say on the menu and, i...
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FAB FESTIVE DESSERTS

December 11, 2019
Christmas — a time to indulge in delicious desserts. But it's important to balance rich temptations with generous servings of fresh summer fruits. A (glass) bowl of mixed berries such as blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries is simple, eye-catching &m...
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SUPER SIZZLERS

December 2, 2019
Ask most people ‘who invented the barbecue?’ and the majority would say the Americans. However, cooking over coals has existed since the beginning of time — primitive peoples found relighting already charred wood produced the perfect coals for cooking food. In abou...
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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

November 25, 2019
Warmer weather is here and that means al fresco meals are on the menu. It’s magic to escape to the countryside, beach or lake during the weekend with delicious dishes tucked in the chilly bin. I also enjoy entertaining friends for Sunday brunch or lunch with dishes that ca...
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PARTY PLEASERS

November 19, 2019
It’s party season — time for some festive frolics with friends and family and providing those essential finger foods does not have to be stressful or time consuming. Just plan ahead and remember it’s important to provide some choices that are dairy, meat and gluten...
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