Country Cooking

Lemon cordial all year round

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

  The hot summer days are coming to an end but there’s still nothing quite like a cool glass of cordial after a day in the garden – or strenuous book reading. And in winter it makes a delicious hot lemon drink on those cold nights. Lemon cordial is really easy if you have a

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Summer pie for all

Feb 15th, 2017 | By
Summer Pie

You’d think I would remember this. But no. The last time I cooked this fantastically tasty recipe was back in 2003 when I wrote about it in my cooking column in the Waikato Times. Which is a bit ironic, because the subject was about memory being a funny old thing. ‘There are many things I’ve

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Lashings of delicious mushrooms

May 26th, 2016 | By
Horse mushroom

Mushroom season is just about over, but one of the best types is still putting in an appearance. Horse mushrooms (Agaricus arvensis) are the biggest of the local mushroom varieties – they can be 15cm or more across the cap – and they have a deliciously rich flavour with a hint of aniseed. Around here

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Relishing the chillies

May 9th, 2016 | By

This is simply the most splendid chilli sauce I’ve experienced – packed with complex, intense flavours and hot enough to knock your socks off. We were going to turn our small harvest of jalapeno chillies into a jar of pickled peppers to be kept in the fridge and used as needed. But we’re still getting

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Blueberry muffins – oh my

Feb 1st, 2016 | By

  Our blueberry bush is groaning with fruit at the moment.   Most years the birds got more than their share, until we foiled their evil designs by throwing a net over the hard-working bush. The other morning I was greeted by a blackbird stuffed to perfection, and wanting help getting out! We’re going to

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The rocky road of happiness

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By

Tasty treats made of chocolate make all the difference after a hard day, reckons Annette Taylor. In an expensive tantrum, our little car blew up recently. We had to fetch it from Auckland, and our excellent mechanic in Hamilton loaned us a trailer to tow it back home.  We set off early and still managed

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