Country Cooking

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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Vera a real gem

Jun 17th, 2015 | By

My Aunt Vera lived in an old railway cottage at the start of the Karangahake gorge and only in the last decade or so used an electric oven. When I met her and husband Bill (my relative) – she did all her cooking on a Shacklock coal range. Keen conservationists, I believe the pair were

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Nice to be back…

May 4th, 2015 | By

Frankly, this cold weather is a shock to the system.  I have just returned from three weeks travelling around Thailand: visiting family, enjoying the cuisine and hunting for interesting wildlife. One of the highlights of the trip was seeing the incredibly rare and bizarre cave angelfish.  This little creature is found in only two caves

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