fruits and vegetables

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chicken salad with peaches and goat cheese (with orange ginger dressing)

A wonderful recipe to celebrate summer fruit. We love recipes that are quick and simple and what a great use of left over rotisserie chicken. The orange ginger dressing is delightfully refreshing!   Dressing 1/2 Tsp freshly grated orange zest 1/4 cup orange juice 4 Tsp olive oil 1 Tbsp minced spring onions 1-2 Tsp


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asparagus feta hazelnut
asparagus, feta & hazelnut salad

Grilling asparagus brings out the flavour and who would think hazelnuts and feta make the whole dish sing.  Make this just ahead of the time and its great at room temperature.   ingredients   2-3 bunches new season asparagus, wash and break off woody ends Olive oil spray ½ cup favourite dressing (see recipe below)


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chopped chicken salad
chicken chopped salad (with sweet basil dressing)

If you’re looking for a filling salad, look no further. This recipe is my take on a wonderful salad I ate at Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles. Such wonderful flavours and textures – the Israeli couscous gives this recipe substance.   ingredients   200g diced pre-cooked chicken 2 generous handfuls of chopped lettuce (approx. 100g)


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cumin spiced potatoes
cumin spiced potatoes

Potato recipes are always in demand – why not take the family staple and give it a hint of spice – this really jazzes up a simple family dinner   ingredients Serves 4   1 kg waxy potatoes, unpeeled ¼ cup vegetable oil 50g unsalted butter 1 Tbsp cumin seeds 1 Tbsp ground coriander 2


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fresh fruit jelly
fresh fruit in jelly (with fresh mint cream)

You love fruit and you enjoy a sweet finale but don’t want anything too heavy – these fruit jellies are light and pretty – it looks indulgent but it’s almost healthy eating.   Ingredients Makes 10 Ramekins   450 g fresh fruit (Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sliced peaches, anything you like except avoid kiwifruit, as it


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no cook jam
no-cook jam (raspberry or apricot)

This is an old French recipe and is simply the most divine way of eating raspberries – yes, it needs to be kept in the fridge and yes it is runny – perfect with a sponge or over waffles and ice- cream – try it – it’s amazing!   Ingredients   500g fresh raspberries or


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potato leek and goat cheese pie
potato leek and goat cheese pie

Potato and leek is a classic combination – add goat’s cheese and you have a match made in heaven.  Put it into a pie, add the right seasoning and there will be no left-overs.   Ingredients 4 sheets ready rolled flakey puff pastry (600g) 2 medium sized waxy potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced 25 g butter


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corn chowder

This chowder is delicious – warm up some crusty bread and you’ll be going back for seconds.   Ingredients 2 Tbsp butter Extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 6 sprigs fresh thyme leaves only 1/4 cup flour 6 cups vegetable stock 1/2 cup cream 1 ½ cups milk 2 potatoes peeled


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fresh-cherry-trifle
fresh cherry raspberry trifle

This is so easy and delicious. It’s a great recipe when you’re under pressure during the festive season as you can use ready-made products for this superb dessert. ingredients serves: 10   36 fresh cherries, stoned and cut in half ½ cup crème de cassis 225 g unfilled sponge (one from the supermarket is fine)


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mint-pesto
mint pesto

This pesto is delicious with barbecued -baked potatoes.  Cook the potatoes in foil and then serve with a dollop of sour cream with the pesto on top. ingredients makes 1 1/2 cups   1/2 cup pine nuts 6 cloves garlic 3 cups mint leaves (also 2 cups mint and 1 cup parsley works as well)


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Pawpaw, Avocado, Chicken and Bacon Salad with Fresh Herb Dressing
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It’s all about doing things in the right order to make this super simple. Please note we used our favourite recipes and made changes for this budget approach.   Make mint dressing in food processor do not wash bowl after completing.   herb-parsley dressing: ½ cup oil ¼ cup white wine vinegar ½ tsp salt


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stewed-apricot
vanilla poached apricots served with thick and creamy custard

ingredients   800g fresh apricots, halved and stone removed 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1/2 – 1 tsp vanilla paste   directions 1. Prepare the apricots. 2. Place sugar and water in a stock pot bring to a gentle simmer and stir till sugar dissolves. 3. Stir in paste and mix in and add


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apple-feta-pizza
apple feta pizza

Apples and cheese are such a delicious combination so why not in a pizza.  This Pizza has such wonderful flavours, combined with rocket dressed in honey mustard. ingredients   500 g pizza dough Cooking spray 3 cups finely sliced apples (use any firm sweet apple) 1 cup crumbled feta cheese 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme


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baba-ghanoush
baba ghanoush

There are many variations to this lovely dish, often served as a started or appetizer. Serve as a dip with pita chips or fresh pita cut into wedges. ingredients 2   large eggplants (approx. 1 kg), halved lengthwise ¼ cup virgin olive oil + 2 tbsp ¼ cup tahini 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 garlic


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cobb-salad
cobb salad

Legend has it that the Cobb salad was created by the owner of the Brown Derby in Hollywood in the 1930′s. It is named after its owner Robert Howard Cobb who was hungry late one evening and threw together leftovers,tossed with the house french dressing. ingredients Dressing ½ cup plain low fat yoghurt ¼ cup


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chicken-edamame-salad
chicken rice and edamame salad

This recipe is packed with protein, cooks quickly and refrigerates beautifully to be heated up later for a quick and filling meal. ingredients   250g microwaveable cooked brown rice 1 ¼ cups frozen shelled edamame 3 tbsp water 1 cup diced cooked chicken 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 tbsp grated peeled fresh ginger 2


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thorn-park-roasted-pumpkin
pumpkin & goats cheese bruschetta with baby spinach leaves

Thorn Park in the Clare valley in South Australia serves this delicious entre of roasted pumpkin and walnuts, baby spinach and herbed goats cheese on super bread it doesn’t get much better !! ingredients Serves 6   3 cups diced pumpkin (butternut or Jap are good) ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup white


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chargrilled-vegetables-with-blue-cheese
chargrilled vegetables with blue cheese

With a well seasoned grill you can place all these vegetables directly onto the hot plate and cook quickly, turning so none catch and burn.   Ingredients 4 flat mushrooms 2 baby eggplant, halved 1 red onion, quartered 4 courgettes, quartered 2 capsicums, quartered green beans olive oil sea salt 1 wedge blue vein cheese


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cauliflower-risotto-by-christine-smith-RAW
cauliflower risotto – RAW

Christine Smith of Go More Raw shares this wonderful RAW recipe for Cauliflower Risotto. INGREDIENTS 1 small cauliflower or ½ a large one ½ a small onion or one spring onion 1/8 – ¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes 1– 2 tbsp olive oil Juice of ½ lemon or lime 1 tsp cumin or more if


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herb-parsley-dressing
herb parsley dressing

½ cup oil ¼ cup white wine vinegar 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 ¼ tsp dry mustard 2 garlic cloves 1/2 cup fresh parsley 3 Tbsp fresh basil or mint   Place all these ingredients in your Kenwood food processor and blend together for a few minutes. 


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best-broccoli-soup
best broccoli soup

Soup is so easy with the right equipment – with a Kenwood food processor it is a breeze.   ½ cup good quality olive oil 2 small onions 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2-3 rashers bacon, rind remove and chopped 40g chopped potato 1 litre quality vegetable or chicken stock 1 kg fresh broccoli (use


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simple-risotto-with-kenwood
simple risotto with the kenwood cooking chef

Takes 30 mins Serves 2-4 as a starter or main 1 medium onion 4 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 cup risotto rice 50ml dry white wine 500ml hot stock of your choice 30g butter ½ to 1 cup Parmesan cheese 1. Chop the onion in the food processor attachment 2. Attach the flexi beater and the


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brandy compote

Every summer friends make this delicious compote and place it in the back of the fridge for unexpected guests.  On arrival, out comes the vanilla ice-cream and if you are in luck whipped cream and meringues.  A sensational dessert is made within seconds.  Warning: this compote is very addictive!   1 cup dried apricots 1


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brandy compote

Every summer friends make this delicious compote and place it in the back of the fridge for unexpected guests.  On arrival, out comes the vanilla ice-cream and if you are in luck whipped cream and meringues.  A sensational dessert is made within seconds.  Warning: this compote is very addictive!   1 cup dried apricots 1


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food processor salad

Using your Kenwood food processor, this is an easy quick salad!   3 cups cabbage, shredded 1 cup Red cabbage, shredded 1 cup carrot, grated 1 cup green beans, thinly sliced 2 cups mesclun leaves 1/4 cup salad dressing 1 tsp or to taste salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 seeds, toasted (we used


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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
buttermilk ranch dressing

This is a absolutely wonderful dressing that goes with everything, and so easy to make. I recently demonstrated making this at the Franklin A&P show with top chef Mark Gregory with nothing else but a bowl and handheld blender.     Ingredients 1 cup buttermilk 2-3 Tbsp sweet Thai chili sauce 1/4 cup chopped mint/parsley/chives


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chicken-broccoli-slaw
chicken salad with spinach, cranberry and broccoli slaw

Going Raw is huge this year – make this amazing salad! ingredients   3 cups fresh spinach, thinly sliced 1 cup rocket, thinly sliced 4 cups broccoli stalks, peeled and very thinly sliced 2 cups carrots, peeled and very thinly sliced 1 ½ cups cooked chicken, sliced 8 tbsp sunflower seeds 4 tbsp dried cranberries


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roasted vegetables with tahini yoghurt dressing

In the Middle Eastern kitchen this type of dressing usually accompanies grilled eggplant and tomato – so at this time of the year there is no excuse to use it! A bag of carrots will only set you back 99 cents in some shops so it’s a great budget option.   Serves 4 ingredients 4


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spinach and feta muffins

There never needs to be an excuse to eat spinach and feta – they are a partnership in heaven!   ingredients 200mls vegetable oil 1 egg 2 cups milk 2 cups raw spinach (compacted) 600g plain flour 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp black pepper (ground) 1/2 tsp salt 4 tsp baking powder 150g diced


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blue cheese and pear salad

A wonderful mix of sweet and savoury – this salad is incredibly simple and yet so good – do not be tempted to add more ingredients to the mix! Using the Vogel’s croutons is ideal as they are cheaper than nuts, a great way to use left-overs and adds a great crunch/texture to the salad.


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Asparagus Soup
asparagus soup

For some bizarre reason there were amazing bunches of asparagus in my local fruit and vege shop that had their tips removed (some restaurant perhaps just wanted the very tip?) but the rest looked amazing – I know its not in season and would have come in from California, but it seemed the best idea


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Greek Yoghurt and Tahini Dip
greek yoghurt and tahini dip

Tahini is in the chilled section of the supermarket and a wonderful simple addition to Greek Yoghurt. Add a little garlic and lemon and you have an incredible combination – do not be tempted to add more tahini – the delicious yoghurt is the hero here. Honey is not normally added to this traditional sauce,


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Simple Easy Bake with Sausage
simple easy bake with sausage

We made our pesto with rocket but you could just use commercial pesto from the chilled section of the supermarket. The rocket gives the bake a peppery finish.   Serves 4-6 Takes 1 hour   ingredients 600g small Agria potatoes, washed and quartered 2 cloves garlic, crushed ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp


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stewed-tamarillo
simple stewed tamarillo

This is such an easy recipe and you can adjust it as per you want – extra or less sugar – more or less water – I add more water than most as I love the intensely flavoured liquid left at the bottom of the bowl – use it over your cereal for breakfast –


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Tamarillo Chutney
tamarillo chutney

This is a super chutney, so easy to make and even people who say they don’t love tamarillos – love this chutney. Delicious smeared on Vogel’s toast with cheese, great added to a sauce or even cream fraiche to make a great sauce. Even as a simple taste pointer on the plate with simply cooked


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Worlds Easiest Lemon Curd
world’s easiest lemon curd

With lemons on the tree and your cake mixer to hand you can make the best present for friends and family this Xmas – this amazing lemon curd and it’s so easy!Delicious in a trifle or over a sponge with softly whipped cream and of course on top of toast, toasted muffins and crumpets. No


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slow cooker fruit pudding
slow cooker fruit pudding

Without a doubt this is this is the best fruit pudding I’ve ever made and without all the hassles of topping up water in a large pot on the stove. If you ever needed a reason to buy a slow cooker – this is it – unquestionably the best way to cook a fruit pudding.


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Billie’s caramel crusted rhubarb pudding
billie’s caramel crusted rhubarb pudding

You have never had such a great rhubarb crumble and Billie as a very busy caterer to the stars says this is the most requested recipe! I added a little orange zest to the rhubarb and please note the variances in the sugar – if like me you are not a sweet tooth person go


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BaconEggSalad
bacon and egg salad

This is a classic combination and with fresh eggs and Kiwi bacon you can serve this up with crusty bread with full confidence friends and family will be delighted – we used Kiwi streaky bacon for this salad. SERVES 4   8 slices Kiwi streaky bacon 4 hard boiled eggs (cut into halves) 3 tomatoes


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Heritage tomato salad
heritage tomato salad

This salad was served up at White Rabbit in Auckland last week and inspired me to ask for the ingredients rather than a recipe, as it is really a simple salad with amazing ingredients! Thank you to Sean Marshall.   ingredients   Serves 1 200g mix of heritage tomatoes (chopped into quarters) A few slices


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Pumpkin Soup
funky pumpkin soup

This is a simple traditional pumpkin soup recipe without any milk or cream, except for a garnish and that is optional. You can remove the curry and ginger if you prefer plain flavours. After making the soup, if the pumpkin flavour needs extra vibrancy, add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice to the


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roasted potato, baby beets and feta
roasted potato, baby beets & feta

Serves 4-6 Takes 10 mins + cooking time     ingredients   450g can whole baby beets, drained 2 tsp dill seeds 1kg washed, not peeled, baby potatoes 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp flakey salt 1 tbsp fennel seeds 200g feta cheese   method   1. Preheat oven to 200 deg. C.


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date, apple and coconut loaf
date, apple and coconut loaf

Imelda says this loaf is so easy and always works! After we tested it we could see the appeal – rich, moist dates with that coconut almost caramel topping – so good!     ingredients 2 cups water 2 cups dates (roughly chopped) 2 tbsp baking soda 250g butter softened 21/2 cups caster sugar 2


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easy dill dressing
easy dill dressing

ingredients   1 large clove garlic 2 large eggs 1/4 cup white wine vinegar ½-1 tsp salt 2 tsp Dijon mustard 11/2 cups fresh herbs (parsley, plenty of fresh dill, mint, or basil) 11/2 cups canola oil   method   Peel garlic and place this with all the ingredients (except canola oil) into a your


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pea and feta spread
pea and feta spread

ingredients   Takes 10 mins Makes 11/2 cups 150g frozen peas 1 tbsp butter 2 tsp extra Virgin olive oil 100g feta cheese Salt and pepper, to season   method   1 Defrost peas on high for 3-4mins in a 1200watt microwave. Time will vary according to your microwave, so keep an eye on them.


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vogels apple pecan and cranberry stuffing
vogels apple pecan and cranberry stuffing

The great feature of this recipe is that vegetarians eating the sides can feel festive with a slice of two of this stuffing! What a great way to make 3 slices of your favourite Vogel’s toast bread go so much further. The Vogel’s gives this great texture and body   ingredients   11/2 cups Vogel’s


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andys burgers and bar house ketchup
andys burgers and bar house ketchup

Yield: this will make enough to fill 3 x 1000ml bottles Please note this sauce is a sweet tomato sauce with a delicious back note of spice – think tomato sauce crossed with Sweet Thai chilli sauce (without the chilli – the spice here is warmer and more background). You can reduce the brown sugar


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dutch apple cake

This is the most wonderful celebration of apple without too much sugar, cinnamon, dried fruit – just simple buttery cake with apple. A similar cake to this was enjoyed with a cup of coffee in a local café – when I asked the baker if she would part with the recipe – she said NO!


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fresh fig salad
fresh fig salad

Te Mata figs are a celebration just on their own but this is as much an “assembly” as it is a recipe ! Serves 1     ingredients   2-3 fresh figs, cut into quarters 2 slices prosciutto, torn into pieces 1 mozzarella ball, torn into pieces a very drizzle of vincotta or liquid honey


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rustic buttermilk potato
rustic buttermilk potatoes

There are several options with these delicious potato creations – you can do as I have indicated below or you can take the cooked potato skin and deep fry into a luscious crunchy edible package for the creamy potatoes – up to you !     ingredients   Serves 4 4 large baking potatoes washed


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Meatloaf Salad
meatloaf salad

A meat loaf salad sounds a little odd; but trust me it’s delicious – imagine a crispy fresh salad with the addition of slender portions of meat loaf bringing in full flavoured umami richness to contrast with the zingy salad !     ingredients   Meatloaf   3 fresh pork sausages, skin removed 400g beef


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ria brosnahan dutch appeltaart
ria brosnahan dutch appeltaart

You almost feel guilty when you ask a mother of ten children to pass on a beloved recipe. However, in the 2-3 free minutes she has each day she willingly passed on this great family recipe. It is a seriously delicious apple creation! Please note this recipe below makes double the amount of pastry needed


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easy bircher muesli
easy bircher muesli

I served this with a fresh berry salsa but any combination of seasonal fresh fruit is ideal – even the humble sliced banana will work.   Serves 6: Takes 20 mins, plus time to soak the oats   ingredients   2 cups rolled oats overnight to soak oats. 2 Tbsp desiccated coconut 2 cups apple


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breakfast tomatoes
breakfast tomatoes

This is the simplest dish – essentially softly cooked tomatoes, cheese and toast – but add fresh herbs, cook it gently, sort out all your serving ramekins and search out great bread and you look like you should have your own café!   Serves 6 Takes 20 mins     ingredients   30g butter 36


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simple chicken vegetable soup
simple chicken vegetable soup

This is easy to make, and nothing pleases the soul like a bowl of great soup on a chilly day – comfort food at its best! We gave it an extra blitz to produce a super smooth, deliciously flavoured soup!     ingredients   olive oil small knob of butter 1 onion, finely chopped 2


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