Country Cooking

Summer delight: Mango and smoked chicken salad

Feb 2nd, 2015 | By

  SUMMER DELIGHTS – outside dining and mosquitoes. The two go hand-in-hand but that’s okay because the living is easy. They don’t come much easier than this recipe and it is utterly delicious. I discovered it while holidaying up north many years ago, where there were hundreds of mosquitoes out for my blood. They were

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Summer magic

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

Iris Riddell explores the magical properties of a little known herb. Ah, lemon verbena. In my humble opinion, this beautiful, fragrant herb is massively underrated. You can’t buy it in the supermarket, but young plants are easily acquired from nurseries and are hardy wee shrubs once they have a toe hold. For many years, a

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Harry’s champion curried sausies

Oct 28th, 2014 | By

It must be more than 20 years ago that I got this fine recipe from Harry, down the road at Wairere Nursery. Lloyd and I used to cook up a storm back then; most Monday evenings I’d call around and we’d experiment with herbs and spices and other exotic ingredients which I’d write up as

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Bloomin’ marvellous chocolate cake

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

This light, moist chocolate cake is a marvel – there’s no eggs, butter or milk, it bakes in the same dish it’s mixed in and my word, it’s scrummy. The recipe was devised during the Great Depression when getting fresh eggs and dairy products was as hard as finding hens’ teeth. My mum remembers it

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Galangal to you!

May 18th, 2014 | By

Nothing beats chicken soup when you’re poorly. Not that you have to be laid up in bed to enjoy such a thing, it’s also an ideal and economical way of dealing to leftover chicken. But chicken soups come in many forms. Start with diced chicken breasts, add a rhizome of galangal, a stalk or two

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Melt-in-the-mouth silverside

May 10th, 2014 | By

I’ve never been fond of microwaves; the first I owned, more than 25 years ago, was a gift from my mother-in-law.  At the same time she gave me her recipe for corned silverside, cooked in the new appliance. It was delicious. This machine was a pleasing little lump of plastic that had dials and buttons.

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