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  • Refreshments

    When we think of drinks for the festive season, alcoholic drinks are often top of mind. Personally, I’m always on the lookout for some good non-alcoholic options.

    Not only to offer at parties, also to have on hand when people drop around and as a celebratory option that the whole whanau can enjoy together.

  • Conventional oven cooking for a whole turkey

    To cook a whole fresh or thawed turkey in the oven, preheat the oven to 160ºC and place the turkey breast side up in an oven pan. Do not fan bake as this will unnecessarily dry out the skin and surface meat before the deeper meat is fully cooked.

  • Roasting Veges

    Roszanne has a great tip for when roasting veges: Peel and chop then put the veges in a plastic bag, pour in oil and herbs of your choice, give it a good shake so everything is covered by the oil, then put in the pan. They are now ready to bake.

  • Talking Turkey

    Spiced Apricot BBQ Turkey, sounds delicious doesn’t it? I’m really excited about my butterflying and barbequing Christmas turkey technique. I think it may convert a few non-turkey types. Please let me know how it is received at your place.

  • Lana at Girl’s Day Out

    This Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you live in Auckland you will see me at Girl’s Day Out on the Kitchen and Entertainment Stage. Something special because it is “the girl’s day out“ and because it’s coming into summer I decided cocktails and salad ideas were in order.

  • Lana's Seed Tip

    Here's one of Lana's tips she shared at Girl's Day Out. Pan-fry sunflower seeds and pumpkin kernels in a hot non-stick frying pan and when they start to pop add a dash of low-salt soy sauce and heat until it looks dry. A great healthy snack or sprinkle for salad or sandwiches. A tasty way of adding protein, fibre and essential nutrients to your diet.


  • Increase your fibre

    Thanks Sue A for suggesting this healthy tip: Use rolled oats in place of breadcrumbs when making meatballs, this improves the flavour and increases the fibre in your diet.Do you have a Healthy Tip you wish to share?


  • Christmas entertaining

    Christmas is just around the corner and it can be a very stressful time. Planning ahead and deciding what you are doing makes like much easier. But many of us, myself included, are busy right the way through so everything is always last minute.

  • Fishy business

    Omega-3, you hear this term more and more frequently these days but do you know what it actually means?

    The Omega-3’s are ‘essential’ fatty acids whose long names are shortened to EPA and DHA. They are present in all our cells and needed for lots of body functions. They are known as ‘essential’ fats because we need to eat them in our diet as our bodies can’t produce them.

  • Wattie's Beer Batter Fries 700g

    If you think fries can’t get any better, think again! Wattie’s has launched Beer Batter Steak Cut Fries, made using premium beer, and delicious Kiwi potatoes – a combination set to be a New Zealand favourite!