Country Cooking

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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Sauces of pleasure

Sep 23rd, 2015 | By

Syd Workman is a culinary magician, who has worked serious food magic at his café in Matamata for many years now. Back in 1999 I wrote about him and Workman’s Café for a food column in the Waikato Times, specifically his famous, amazing burnt garlic sauce. We were almost regulars back then, and used to

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Lemon tea bread that takes the cake

Aug 25th, 2015 | By

I wish my mum had made this for me when I was young. Alas, she was too busy raising five children and working to contemplate such important culinary considerations so I had to search for the perfect lemon teabread recipe alone. It took a few years of searching, and I tried a fair number of

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Best macaroni on the planet

Aug 3rd, 2015 | By

This is the world’s best macaroni recipe. It is. We were tired, we were hungry, we were in Christchurch after triumphantly pedalling the Otago Rail Trail* with friends Peter and Vicki. Peter announced he was cooking his signature dish – Macaroni Wellington, because he cooked it for Vicki in 1981 when they were courting. No

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