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SIMPLY SALMON

January 25, 2021
Salmon is a perfect summer food. It’s readily available, nourishing and quick and easy to cook. New Zealand’s fresh salmon is farmed in pristine coastal waters and in the chilly canals close to the Southern Alps. Salmon is a naturally rich source of top-quality protein, ...
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RENEW YOUR MENU

January 18, 2021
Surprise yourself. Next time you visit your local supermarket or deli browse the shelves with an eye for something different. There are always new temptations to try which will add interest to meals. I recently discovered black bean noodles. They’re 100 per cent plant base...
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NEWS YEAR’S FUN FARE

December 31, 2020
The earliest recorded New Year festivities date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal (spring) equinox — the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness — heralded the start of a...
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SUPER SALAD SEASON

December 26, 2020
Summer is the time for simple tasty food. Healthy salad greens, tomatoes, fresh fruits, cold meats, and cheeses are perfect for the cook and the menu on hot balmy days.  Classical Roman salads were simple — salted vegetables eaten with a dressing of oil and vinega...
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CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

December 23, 2020
If there was ever a year when Christmas celebrations are particularly welcome then this is the one. But every year there are more whims and wishes to cater for. Vegans, vegetarians, coeliacs, meat lovers and ketogenic dieters will gather round the family festive table this y...
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SWEET ON CHRISTMAS

December 14, 2020
Although our family favours tried and true traditional desserts at Christmas, we add little twists and tweaks that provide interest.  The Yule Log has been a favourite in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and Vietnam for centuries. A variation of a rolled chocolate s...
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KITCHEN XMAS COOL

December 8, 2020
“For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi. Christmas is a time for giving. A time to show our appreciation to family, friends, a good boss and your kid’s favourite teacher. Home-crafted goodies are particularly well received especially if a thoughtfu...
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FUN FOOD

December 2, 2020
Offer me a selection of interesting finger foods at five o'clock and I'm in heaven. At this time of the year, these delicious little morsels sometimes replace my traditional dinner.  Tapas — the fashionable small plates of delicacies — were first created to ...
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MEATLESS TREATS

November 28, 2020
Meatless Mondays were first introduced by the US Food Administration during World War I because meat and other staple food items were being exhausted. Nearly 13 million families signed on. The campaign was continued during World War II by President Roosevelt and then by Pres...
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CHRISTMAS YUM

November 16, 2020
Yes, it’s time to make your Christmas cake. Make it now to allow true lusciousness to develop. Make it now so it’s easier to cut. Make it now and enjoy tempting Christmas aromas even before festivities really kick in. The first step with most festive cakes is soaking dri...
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