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Hello Agaricus Bisporus

January 21, 2022
There's not 'mushroom' for argument when is comes to the popularity of this fungi.  ...
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January 6, 2021
My hairdresser has travelled extensively overseas but until recently had never visited the South Island. I suspect a lot of Kiwis haven’t explored their own ‘backyard’. So now is the time and I encourage travellers to enjoy some of the food specialties of the regions v...
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March 17, 2020
An unusual fruit catches the eye of Michael Ryan. We are in the heart of Massachusetts cranberry country, about an hour's easy drive south of Boston. "Amazing," says the woman standing next to me. "I never thought a cranberry bog would look like this. She is right — th...
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Fiji is, understandably, a favourite destination for Kiwis fleeing the New Zealand winter. And just a short 25 minutes journey from the resort-dotted coastline of Denarau near Nadi is the world’s first beach club, which nestles on its very own island. A relaxing South Sea ...
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November 7, 2018
I recently relaxed for a few days in Fiji and noticed a change in the culinary climate. I’ve always enjoyed the tropical fruit, kokodu (marinated fish) and the local curries, which are often a little milder than the true Indian versions. However, a raft of new chefs have i...
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In 2005, Anthony Bourdain, in New Zealand to promote his Les Halles Cookbook, chatted to Jan Bilton, editor of the Foodtown Magazine....
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March 11, 2018
Our three-plus week stint in China was primarily to experience the history and culture and enjoy the stunning scenery. But I was also keen to discover if there had been any distinct changes to the cuisine since my last visit and to try something new. However, I wasn’t...
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Paul Bocuse

January 23, 2018
RIP Paul Bocuse. 1927-2018 I wrote this last year celebrating his 90th birthday. His kindness will never be forgotten. 'Since 1765 the Bocuse family has kept a restaurant at Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or just north of Lyons, France. The earliest customers were boatman. In 1960 Paul...
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October 24, 2017
Michael G. Ryan explores Australia's mystical heart....
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Go Wild in the Waikato

August 30, 2017
I'm a relative newbie to the Waikato so my intrepid journey with Food Writers NZ into the wild, was an eye-opening experience.   We thought the term ‘wild’ was a misnomer when we arrived at our first port of call — Zealong. Just north of Hamilton — in a ...
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