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  • Happy Valentine’s Day

    Kia ora everyone,

    Valentine’s Day is upon us again. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about it. For one, I don’t think you should have to buy things to prove you love someone. And I’m just not a fan of red roses, or the pressure to buy them at this time of the year. I love roses, but I prefer the old fashioned fragrant type.

  • Ease with oil

    An oil spray is an easy way to grease pans and will help reduce excess fat when cooking.

  • The Secret to Sushi

    Nori is an essential ingredient in most sushi rolls. Nori is basically seaweed paper. Grown in the ocean, it is harvested and then dried and made into sheets. Nori is commercially cultivated mainly in Japan, China and South Korea and is now readily available in supermarkets throughout New Zealand. Stored well, (wrapped in a cool dry place) nori will last quite a long time.

  • HP Sauce... a few of my favourite uses

    HP Sauce is one sauce that should be in every pantry!

  • The Black Doris Plum... loved by generations of Kiwis

    At the end of October I had the pleasure of representing Food in a Minute at the Hawke’s Bay Show.

  • Rice noodles... a great alternative!

    For those of you who suffer from Coeliac disease, I know it must be hard to find recipes that appeal, fill you up and provide you with the energy and nutrients you need.

  • Christmas Tradition

    Well, here comes Christmas! Every year I swear it won’t be as hectic as last year and every year it pretty much is! But I have been getting better, slowly, over the years and thought I’d share a few things that have helped me to remain reasonably sane over the silly season.

  • Extra Christmas Pudding?

    Crumble leftover Christmas pudding into softened vanilla ice cream and refreeze for another great dessert or fry crumbled pudding in a little butter until crunchy and serve with a soft blue cheese.

  • Wattie’s Kiwi Favourites Cookbook

    The recent launch of the new Wattie’s Kiwi Favourites Cookbook has been warmly received by Kiwi’s and is one of New Zealand’s biggest selling cookbooks, and will make a great Christmas gift.

  • Leftover ham? Here are some great ideas:

    • Cut thick and grill on the BBQ with pineapple pieces
    • Dice and use in omelettes, scrambled eggs or fried rice
    • Use diced or sliced ham on pizza or in toasted sandwiches