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SEAFOOD SAVVY

January 17, 2022
I’m looking forward to dangling a fishing line over the back of a boat this summer. It's years since I’ve enjoyed fish straight from the sea. My only fresh ‘catch’ in recent times has been a trout — given to me by a neighbour.  Do salt-water fish taste sal...
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FRUITY FLARE

January 10, 2022
Peaches and their copycat cousin, nectarines, are two of the tastiest delights of summer. Juice running down your chin is joy – but not, of course when it hits your T-shirt! Prunus persica — the botanical name for the peach — had its origins in China where...
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CELEBRATION NIBBLES

January 4, 2022
We may ring in the New Year like it’s going out of fashion — but it isn’t and it won’t.  Celebrations to mark the beginning of the New Year began several millennia ago. The first were recorded about 2000 BC in the city of Babylon in ancient Mesopotamia. Fest...
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EASY ANSWERS

December 26, 2021
Those festive leftovers are easy, economical mealmakers after day or so of hectic entertaining and eating. There’s nothing easier than to pull the ham from the fridge and serve it sliced with a salad and some crusty bread. But it’s on the third or fourth day we start to ...
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ASIDE FROM MAINS

December 23, 2021
Magnificent main course meat dishes might be the centrepiece of your festive table but side dishes also need to live up to expectation.  Sides and accompaniments should complement and showcase the mains — they are the bridesmaids in this celebration. But if some v...
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Merry Meat Mains

December 20, 2021
Many people celebrate Christmas by serving meats that are ancestral. The fact that Kiwis of British origin still serve hot roasted meats and veg on a humid summer day is testament to that.  Turkey became popular in England after King Henry V111 introduced it to his...
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YULE BE SWEET

December 11, 2021
“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Miles Kington, British journalist. Fabulous, flavoursome, healthy, versatile — summer stone fruits and berries take centre stage just in time for festive feasting.  Traditio...
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TASTEFUL GIFTS

December 6, 2021
For me, giving gifts to friends reinforces our connection and their unique relationship to me. And Christmas is the perfect opportunity to cement this bond. It’s a way of expressing appreciation, and home-made cookies, candies and cakes say, ‘you’re sweet’! My mother...
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CHEERS TO HAPPY HOUR

November 30, 2021
Having drinks and nibbles with friends after work came into its own during the Prohibition years in America (1920-1933) when the production, transportation and sale of liquor was banned. People would host secret ‘cocktail hours’ at home or a speakeasy then visit a restau...
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JINGE BELL BAKES

November 27, 2021
It's time to fire up your festive baking skills. A rich fruit cake will keep for years and like wine, it often improves with age. Prepare traditional cakes at least one month before cutting. During this time, the flavours mellow and the texture improves making the cake easie...
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