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Feijoa Chutney

Feijoa Chutney

The first time I saw a feijoa I thought it must be some kind of guava because it looked like a small farang (ฝรั่ง), a Thai guava. Incidentally, farang is also what Thais call foreigners. What do us non-Thais and a tropical fruit have in common? Well, not much except that the fruit version was reportedly brought to Thailand by the Portuguese and so was therefore labelled as farang, meaning foreign thing. There is more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Condiments, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Kim-chee, Bean and Peanut Salad

Kim-chee, Bean and Peanut Salad

I am starting a new category on Five Flavours called “Inspired by” because so much of what I eat is inspired by the amazing ingredients I’ve learnt about from all over the world, but doesn’t exactly fit under any authenticity labels. This salad is inspired by Korean kim-chee, a wonderful probiotic, and Indian bean salads. This is the kind of salad I discover by accident when I am searching the kitchen for something I can make … Read entire article »

Filed under: Healthy, Inspired by..., Vegan, Vegetarian

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Smoothies are meant to be healthy, but there is nothing to say that they can’t be chocolate is there? I don’t think there is a rule book anywhere. Whatever. I’ll chance it. Not only is this smoothie chocolate AND good for you, it has also been made with Fair Trade ingredients. You may not be aware, but it is Fair Trade Fortnight which I think is a great time for us to take stock of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pumpkin Soup: A Kiwi Favourite

Pumpkin Soup: A Kiwi Favourite

We have a lot of gorgeous pumpkins in New Zealand. And they are really cheap and nutritious so they verge on being one of the Kings of Vegetables, but I didn’t always know this. The first time I had pumpkin soup I was not convinced I would like it. I thought it would be sweet because I tend to think of things like pumpkin and kumara (sweet potatoes) as sweet vegetables and, when I’m hungry, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Narrative Recipes, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Microwave Thai Sticky Rice

Microwave Thai Sticky Rice

Rice is rice is rice…or is it? There are thousands upon thousands of varieties of rice and hundreds of ways  to cook them all. I really prefer eating the most appropriate rice I can get for each dish that I cook, and when I go Isaan, that often means steamed sticky rice.  Let’s be clear about this, the term ‘sticky rice’ in any context does not refer to regular rice that sticks together because you’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ingredients, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian

Spiced Cherry Jam with Otago Cherries

Spiced Cherry Jam with Otago Cherries

“I’m pulling over.” “What, again?! We’ve already eaten two kilo’s worth.” “This never happens and I intend to take full advantage.” It’s a bumper crop this year for New Zealand cherries the majority of which are grown in Otago. And the majority of those were pretty much scoffed by my husband and I on our trip through Southland. We’re lucky we got our deposit back on the hire car since there were probably a few extra cherry stains … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Dresdner Stollen

Dresdner Stollen

Where’s the dessert? He’s stollen it! Sorry, but I had to get that out. I’m back and feeling much better now, thank you. — I happened upon this recipe for traditional Dresden stollen a few years back and it has quickly become a tradition for my husband and I to spend a couple of days making a whole heap of these babies as Christmas presents. It’s also a tradition for me to pretend that I don’t see my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drinks and Snacks, German, Vegetarian

Rebaked Potatoes: guestposted by Ex Libris of Little Big

Rebaked Potatoes: guestposted by Ex Libris of Little Big

Hello, there! My name is Carrie Anne but I go by Ex Libris or Little Big elsewhere on the internet. I’m a librarian who loves to cook and spend time with my husband, young daughter, and three misbehaving cats. I’m not exaggerating about the cats. They’re assholes. I have a blog called Little Big where I write about my life. Before the blog I was very active on Flickr and that’s where I met Marie. It feels … Read entire article »

Filed under: Guest Posts, United States, Vegetarian

All about ginger

All about ginger

Some things in life are just a wee bit awkward. Whenever I read or write a recipe, I’m always perplexed about what to do about the ginger. People often describe the amount needed as, ‘a thumb-sized piece’ or ‘a 5cm piece’ or ‘6 thick slices’. But that doesn’t sit well with people who don’t like variables. How big around is this piece? What about the little nobules (Yes, I made that word up.)? Do I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drinks and Snacks, Ingredients, Vegan, Vegetarian

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuits

Spring is well and truly underway here in New Zealand. The sun is shining, the cabbage trees are blooming, and the peas and beans I’ve put in are starting to wind their way up the canes. It all makes you feel like getting out there and playing in the sunshine. It also makes me want to eat fresh healthy things. On one of my ‘That’s-it!-No-more-sugar’  kicks (meh, they come and go) I found a great … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian