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  • Blue September

    Another year has raced by and it’s Blue September again! The statistics still tell us that more than 600 men in New Zealand die from prostate cancer every year and yet it is a preventable disease if caught early enough. Blue September is all about trying to get the word out and raise awareness about prostate cancer to help prevent these needless deaths.

  • Peeling Pumpkin!

    Thanks Shona for this weeks tips on peeling pumpkin. Scoop out the seeds of the pumpkin piece, place in a microwavable dish and fill hollow with water. Pour a little water into the bottom of a microwavable dish. Microwave on high 4-7 mins. The skin will easily peel off.

  • What will it be Shepherds Pie or Cottage Pie?

    I’ve often wondered when I should call my Shepherds Pie a Cottage Pie and in fact, if there was a difference. I decided to do a little digging and see what answers I could come up with.

  • Father's Day

    When my Mother and Father used to say that they didn’t want any special presents for Mother’s and Father’s Day I used to think; liars! But, being a mother now myself I see they really meant it. Making food for someone is such an ancient practice and I think, as part of our extremely busy lives these days, perhaps conveys even more love and evokes even more appreciation than it ever has before.

  • Zest made easy

    Thanks Annette for this weeks tip: When removing zest from the grater use a pastry brush. You will be surprised how much zest is saved and how quick and easy it is.

  • Grating zest

    When grating the zest of citrus make sure you only remove the surface of the skin, not the pith which can be very bitter.

  • Using your lemons

    Thanks to Adrienne for this weeks tip. If you have a surplus of lemons - squeeze them then freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Use as required. eg hot lemon and honey drinks for colds, flu and sore throats.

  • Watch those Chillies

    When cooking with chillies, make sure you wash hands thoroughly after touching them. The 'heat' of the chilli is in the pith and seeds so remove if a milder flavoured dish is required.

  • Cooking Meat

    When cooking meat, check the colour of the juice which runs out when the meat is pressed. Clear juice and the meat is cooked through while pink juices indicate the meat will be rare.

  • Crockpot / Slow Cooker Tips

    Slow cooker, crockpot and meal maker are all different names for an appliance which cooks food safely, slowly and unattended for hours, provided you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your make and model.