Recipes by Di Swann
Here’s a great sandwich spread idea from Jennie W: When fresh asparagus is not available a lovely alternative is to whiz together cooked Wattie’s frozen peas and mayonnaise. Makes an awesome spread in club sammies. Thanks send in your tip.
Hopefully your garden has been as prolific as mine and you have enjoyed a great season. But if like me you have had an excess of certain vegetables like courgettes our recent recipe Courgette&Tuna Rosti with Garlic Mayo will help with the overflow. This will deal to a few of them and also type the word courgette into our recipe search to find a lot more recipes on the site using courgettes.
Few things make me feel summer has really arrived like fresh stone fruit do, not surprising then they are also known as summerfriut. No stone fruit are native to New Zealand. Peaches, nectarines and plums all originated in China, with another variety of plum coming from middle Europe and cherries are native to the Caspian-Black Sea region. How exotic. We can possibly thank James Cook, or an early whaling gang for New Zealand’s first peach orchard planted around 1840.
Trudy D has a great tip to use up the drained peach juice in this recipe; freeze juice from drained Wattie’s fruit in ice-cube trays&add to cold water to jazz it up your drinks.
Catherine H sent in this delicious tip. Pop a tin of Wattie’s fruit into the freezer overnight. Take off the top and bottom with can opener and push the frozen fruit and juice out of the can with wooden spoon. Use a stick blender, food processor or blender and whiz the frozen fruit into a delicious sorbet. Dairy free and fat free too.
Wendy has sent us this tip: Make and bake little pastry cases in advance and keep in the freezer. When you need to take a plate, fill with creamy or chocolatey filling and fruit while still frozen - this helps keep the tartlets cold when transporting.
When stewing apples use the juice of oranges off your tree instead of water. Tastes good and you do not need to use sugar for sweetening. Thanks Val C for this tip.
Beryl L suggested jazzing up potato by mashing it with butter then adding a drained can of Wattie’s Whole Kernel Corn. Yum.
Hopefully those of you who were able to plant a garden last spring are enjoying the “fruits of your labours” as the expression goes.
If this is your first time, well done and hope you found it enjoyable. If things didn’t go to plan just remember good gardeners didn’t get there by luck but by learning from each season.
Joel's Tip for this week is; When grinding salt or pepper onto something hot, tilt the grinder on an angle. This stops condensation building up inside the grinder and restricting the flow.