Country Cooking

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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Gingernuts on track

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

There’s nothing like dunking a spicy gingernut biscuit in a steaming cup of tea. But in 2009 the nation’s favourite dunking fodder vanished from supermarket shelves, along with chocolate chip cookies. Griffin’s had closed its Lower Hutt factory and moved operations to Auckland which had, National Radio reported, resulted in “minor teething issues”. This meant

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Let them eat kale

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

I’m sure that’s what Marie Antoinette said. Brassica oleracea is, after all, a star of a vege, nutritious and utterly easy to grow. Easy to mistake cake for kale, after all. Even though it’s highly unlikely the former French Queen ever said anything of the sort, back in the 18th century. Up until the Middle

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Lemon cordial a winner all year round

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

This Christmas Kelly Dyer made the mistake of giving N8N two bottles of her lemon cordial. We have been perstering her ever since for more. In the meantime, here’s the recipe. The hot summer days are coming to an end but there’s still nothing quite like a cold glass of cordial at the end of

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