Country Cooking

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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Tomato glut turned to good use

Feb 13th, 2014 | By

N8N food correspondent Kelly Willoughby found herself struggling with a glut of tomatoes from her garden. What to do? Make pizza sauce, of course! Ingredients a bucket of tomatoes 1-2 courgettes 8 onions 16 cloves garlic Large handful fresh basil 1-2 tbsp olive oil Salt & pepper 1/2 tsp dried coriander   Peel and chop

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Passionfruit treats for all

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

Three cheers for passionfruit, says Ruth Ablett upon discovering how easy they are to grow in New Zealand. When I first moved from Canada to Waikato, I was blown away by the sheer variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts that grow here. I had never even seen a macadamia tree or an orange tree. (True story!)

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Plenty of time for Christmas cake

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

It’s never too late to bake Christmas cake. You can even knock one out on Christmas day and the result is close to perfect. Tradition has it that this Yuletide staple improves with age; the brandy and spices merge and mature. Tradition is wrong. Fours years ago I decided to test the theory. At the

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