Country Cooking

Lemon cordial the best

Jan 17th, 2020 | By

There’s nothing quite like a glass of lemon cordial after a day in the garden, mowing the lawns or some strenuous book reading in the hammock. Lemon cordial is easy to make,  and with nice glass bottles available at the Warehouse or supermarket (the kind with the rubber seal) you can bottle the concentrate so

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Having a Sangriable time

Dec 15th, 2019 | By
Annette and Kate

Longer sunny days lend themselves to leisurely entertaining, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  This article appeared in the newest Home Range magazine – brought to you by Number 8 Network. If we are responsive to the seasons, we have a quite different approach than we do during the colder months. Appetites are

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Moon cake and gummy bears

Jul 23rd, 2019 | By
Photo of chocolate Moon cake

IT’S just as well I wasn’t in charge of catering on the trip to the Moon 50 years ago. I decided to make a cake, to celebrate us getting to the moon in Apollo 11 all those years ago. And surely worthy of a cake, all these years later. Clearly, the cake would have to

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Beef cheeks by golly

Jul 16th, 2019 | By
Photo of beef cheek dish

A lesser-known cut makes classic winter comfort food, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  She writes about juicy, tender slow-cooked beef cheeks in the current issue of Home Range magazine.  We also welcome Kate as our new food writer at Number 8 Network – here’s to some great cooking stories! Comfort food has

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Slow roasted duck with bacon and wine

May 18th, 2019 | By

  I do like wild duck dinners.  But I don’t have a gun, and I’m not good at sitting near a pond in a maimai, waiting for the sun to rise. Luckily, I have a brother-in-law whose happy place is the above mentioned maimai. He also has Smudge, an eager dog who bounds into the

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Muttonbird on the menu

Sep 9th, 2018 | By

David Riddell whips up a special lunch I’ve often seen sooty shearwaters at sea, and occasionally on their breeding grounds, but until now I’d never eaten one. When on the table they’re better known as muttonbirds; I spotted some in the window of a Ngaruawahia butcher’s shop the other day and thought I’d give one

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