Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Some of my favourites, or experiments.

Bread Baking—almost artisan

The only bread baking book you need.

Recently we’ve taken an interest in baking and found a wonderful book by Dean Brettschneider who coincidentally is a Kiwi but has bakeries and cafés in at least four countries. The book is called Bread, and that is its focus. After … Continue reading

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Green Soup

Before you say “yuck” and move on to something more interesting, find out how easy it is to make a delicious healthy soup. I used cavolo nero which is sometimes classified as cabbage and sometimes as kale but I’ve also … Continue reading

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Rice Crackers

Rice Crackers

Two weeks ago before we left for our Waiuta to Big River walk I threw in a package of rice crackers. They are light and didn’t take up much room and we usually have a package on hand for emergencies. … Continue reading

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Perfect and Easy Poached Eggs

Poached eggs

Now that we have a ready supply of free range eggs we decided we needed to find a foolproof way to poach eggs perfectly every time. There are only a few important steps. The first is to use enough water … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cherry Coconut Easter Eggs

Easter eggs

I found this recipe in (now but originally it came from Nestlé Australia’s website. It’s easy, a little messy but fun to make and delicious. The recipe makes between 36 and 64, depending on the size, enough to … Continue reading

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Potato wedges with cornmeal crust

Cooked Potato Wedges

These easy to make wedges are crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. After you’ve made them once you won’t need to refer to the recipe. I’ve been making them for years but I am posting … Continue reading

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Nutty Snack Bars—Gluten Free

Nutty Snack Bars

Makes 16 bars You might have noticed that I’m on a quest for the perfect gluten free snack bar. This recipe, with ground almonds and sliced almonds, was made to enter the Couscous & Consciousness Make It with … Mondays … Continue reading

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Damson Plum Jam

Plum Jam

2 1/2 kg damson plums 3 cups water 5 cups sugar Damsons are clingstone and can’t be pitted ahead of time. It takes around 180 plums to make two and a half kilograms. Count them first and it will be … Continue reading

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Gluten free Oreos

Nutella Oreos

with Nutella or Creme filling Having been lifelong skeptic about Nutella—candy masquerading as food—this is the first time I have bought it, in order to enter Make it with … Mondays Nutella Challenge. Maybe I was secretly scared of becoming … Continue reading

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Quinoa Confetti Salad

Quinoa Confetti Salad

Quinoa is a is a grain-like crop grown for its edible seeds. It is high in fiber, low in fat and  can be used in place of rice in almost any recipe. This salad is simple and has just four … Continue reading

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