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23 August, 2014

Best Burgers Ever

Best Burgers Ever
Posted in : Beef, Burgers, Lamb, Pork on by : admin

We love burgers! Especially homemade burgers. First thing I have to remember to make some fresh bread rolls, using my sourdough recipe – nothing like fresh bread for your burgers. My favourite burger/meatball recipe is very easy: 1/3 each of lean beef mince, lamb mince and pork mince – the minced pork acts as a binder
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12 July, 2014

Roast Pork Belly with Crackling

Roast Pork Belly with Crackling
Comments : 2 Posted in : Pork on by : admin

What could be better on a rainy winter night than roast port belly, vegetables and crackling?  And good crackling is so easy once you know the knack. Start out with a piece of pork belly, ask your butcher to score the skin for you (or use a sharp knife to do it yourself). Preheat the
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29 March, 2014

Beer Can Chicken and a Giveaway

Beer Can Chicken and a Giveaway
Comments : 5 Posted in : BBQ, Chicken on by : admin

One meal I love making, because it is so easy and there is always plenty left for sandwiches, is Beer Can Chicken.  It can be done on the BBQ (one with a hood) or in the oven; with roasted veges or with salad and bread. The basic concept is to steam the chicken from the
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20 January, 2014

Mrs McGregor’s Pie

Mrs McGregor’s Pie
Comments : 1 Posted in : Pies on by : admin

On Saturday I was invited to St Arnaud (about 100km from Blenheim) to do my wild food cooking demonstration, Nuisance to Nutritious.  I’ve done a couple of these now, and they are always great fun, showing people how easy wild game is to cook and letting them taste some dishes.  I had premade my Mrs
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21 December, 2013

Fudge for Christmas

Fudge for Christmas
Posted in : Baking, Christmas on by : admin

I wanted to make a small gift for some of my friends, and when I found this recipe I knew it was exactly what I needed.  It was a quick and easy recipe to make, and came from Wendy’s Kitchen Table   Ingredients 150ml Baileys 50ml milk 30gm butter 350gm caster sugar 300gm white chocolate
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2 July, 2013

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread
Comments : 1 Posted in : Baking on by : admin

I’ve been reading a lovely book called Friendship Bread by Darien Gee, based around baking Amish Friendship Bread and how it brings people together.  So I was inspired to try it.  I made my own starter using a recipe in the back of the book, and for 10 days of carefully tended to my starter. 
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24 April, 2013

Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble
Comments : 1 Posted in : Baking, Desserts, Fruit on by : admin

Strawberries are one of my favourite fruits, and with rhubarb it is a perfect match! A while ago, while making a crumble, I made a lot of the crumble topping and froze it in ‘small crumble’  lots: My recipe is: 15o gm white flour 50 gm white sugar 50 gm butter Mix the flour and
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29 March, 2013

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns
Posted in : Baking on by : admin

For us, one of the joys of Easter is Hot Cross Buns, and this year I got out my Mum’s Hot Cross Bun recipe – my copy is quite old (dated 1993!) but some things just don’t date.  Mum posted this recipe on her website this year too, check out her version here. This is
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3 March, 2013

Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes
Comments : 1 Posted in : Gardening on by : admin

I love roasted tomatoes with baked salmon, with steak, with mashed potatoes, pretty much everything, especially on cool evening.  For some reason the weather here in Blenheim hasn’t been great this weekend, so we had salmon with mash for dinner, and I added roasted tomatoes with mine (The Soux Chef had peas, which I don’t
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20 February, 2013

Sourdough

Sourdough
Comments : 1 Posted in : Baking on by : admin

As as child, my mum regularly made fresh bread for our family – I have many memories of making bread shapes to be cooked and eaten for lunch.  I recently decided to make a sourdough starter and start making my own bread. A sourdough starter needs to be made at least 4 or 5 days
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