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Heilala New Zealand Vanilla

Heilala New Zealand Vanilla

There’s an interesting story behind Heilala vanilla. John Ross, his daughter Jennifer and her husband Garth Boggiss went to the Kingdom of Tonga to start a vanilla growing aid project way back in 2003. This eventually became Reunion Foods and they are exporting their vanilla all over the world. Wanting to set up a research and development facility for when they were not able to be in Tonga, the three began growing vanilla in a bathroom … Read entire article »

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Scroggin!

Scroggin!

Trail mix, GORP (good ol’ raisins and peanuts), scroggin (in NZ-speak), it’s all energy to go. While recently tramping in Tongariro National Park I made up a batch of one of my favourite mixes to keep my pocket company. There are lots of schools of thought on what should be in the mix but my number one priority is that it should taste good and be full of the things you like. Secondly, I think there … Read entire article »

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Here’s the good thing about picking up all that paper at the Food Show last weekend. I was invited to a friend’s house for dinner and I agreed that I’d bring something sweet for afters. I wanted something new. Something I hadn’t made before. Something extremely lush and indulgent. I started the long sort through all the paper in my regulation issue Food Show bag, and lo and behold…Donna Hay’s flourless chocolate cake! Although I’ve tasted … Read entire article »

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The Food Show 2009

The Food Show 2009

I have to say I was totally impressed! This is the first Food Show I have been to since returning from abroad and, being that it is the 10th birthday of The Food Show, it has really grown. There were three full rooms of really well-organised stalls, including whole areas of Taiwanese food and Korean food in amongst all of the other amazing offers. It was brilliant to see our diverse community represented and encompassed … Read entire article »

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Celebrating cheese

Celebrating cheese

I could already smell it going up the escalator in the Sky City Convention Centre. Cheese, glorious, cheese! At the door I was handed the ubiquitous glass of superb wine and a free bag for carrying goodies in. I could barely contain myself. Walking through the door it was as if I had died and gone to cheese-ven…can I say cheese-ven? OK, maybe it’s not that funny but I definitely felt as if I’d … Read entire article »

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Fishing for good marks at Auckland Seafood School

Fishing for good marks at Auckland Seafood School

Somehow my brother, who lives outside of New Zealand, had the intuition to know that I would one day make the changeover from being a vegetarian to a fish-eating vegetarian and would need some guidance in how to cook fish. Through the magic of the internet, he bought me a voucher for a cooking class at the Auckland Seafood School. After waiting ages to find just the right time to do the class, I finally … Read entire article »

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Welcome to Five Flavours

Welcome to Five Flavours

What do New Zealanders eat? It’s true that we like our pies, but food in New Zealand is much more varied than some might believe. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that these days New Zealanders have a very complex palate. From the arrival of the first Maori to the most recent immigrants, food and cooking ideas have engulfed New Zealand from all over the globe and we take hold … Read entire article »

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