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  • Entertaining at home can be a whole lot of fun

    It seems with the economic climate there are some great traditions coming back which don’t cost the earth; one of them is the Pot Luck Dinner or Shared Meal.

    There’s no need to stop entertaining because you can’t afford to ask friends over for dinner or can’t afford the price of a restaurant. Entertaining friends at home can be so much more relaxed and a whole lot of fun especially when you ask them to bring something along to share. Having a theme to the meal gives a focus for the cooks and makes great conversation starters.

  • Mushroom Sauce Tip

    Thanks to Trish C for her simple way to make mushrooms into a sauce quickly. Into the pan of cooked mushrooms add a tablespoon or two of sour cream just before serving.

  • Bacon Tip

    Mary W sent us her tip for cooking bacon quickly. Place 1-2 rashers on a plate in the microwave and cover with a paper towel and cook on high for 1-3 minutes. Keep sending us your tips we love to hear them.

  • Buy Mince in Bulk and Save

    Buy mince in bulk when it's on special and make up double the quanity of hamburger patties. Freeze the patties you don’t need between layers of plastic wrap or greaseproof paper so it's easy to use just what you need for another night.

  • June is Wattie's National Soup Month

    Kia ora everyone,

    It's Soup Jim, but not as we know it!

    Gosh I seem to be coming over all nostalgic lately. Memory is a really big part of food for me, and June is Wattie's National Soup Month. Now I don't think I've met many people who don't have some sort of lovely memory that involved a steaming pot of soup. It may have been at a friend's house, at home, Grandma's or maybe even at school camp. Mine was my Mum's Bacon Bone and Vegetable.

  • Slow Cooking

    This really is the season for slow cooking.

    I love coming home to the smell of dinner nearly ready just cook some green vegetables and pasta, potatoes or rice and viola dinner is served!

  • Good Old Fashioned Nosh

    Kia ora, well I'm going to get it out in the open, right here, right now....mince on toast is probably my all time favourite breakfast. Yes it does face some stiff competition from eggs benedict and my own Indian Eggs but it beats them by nose.

  • Recipe Ideas to Jazz up my Soup

    Crumble in blue cheese to Wattie’s Condensed Creamy Mushroom or Very Special Mushroom & Chicken Soup.

    Fry ½ tsp cumin seeds and ½ tsp coriander seeds before adding Wattie’s Condensed Creamy Pumpkin or Very Special Creamy Pumpkin Soup to make a spiced pumpkin soup.

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  • Freezing – Save Time and Money

    Many people write in about whether a particular recipe can be frozen. Freezing meals is especially useful if you are a 2 person household and the recipe serves 4 or 6 and it is not easy to halve the recipe. It always leaves you with the question of what to do with that other half a can of something. Freezing meals can also be a great way to save money by buying meat when it is on special and doubling the recipe and freezing a meal for another night or to give to someone needing a helping hand.