Country Cooking

Pea and ham soup with a twist

Jun 12th, 2017 | By

Jazzing up the classic Pea and Ham soup is a grand idea on these chill Winter days, says Annette Taylor. Not much beats a bowl of hearty, steaming soup and one of my favourites  was pea and ham.  For years I’ve turned ham hocks and dried split peas into the well-known winter warmer; it’s cheap,

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Mushrooms galore!

Apr 19th, 2017 | By
Horse mushroom

Mushroom season is upon us.  And one of the best types is in paddocks right now. 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. Last year we didn’t

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Lemon cordial all year round

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
Lemons

  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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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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