sandwiches & snacks

energy bar
energy bars

For a snack on the run, this bar is full of fruit and nuts to give you that extra spurt of energy. Store bought bars are filled with ingredients I can barely pronounce much less know what they are. This bar is not only tasty but will keep you happy in the knowledge that you


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dog biscuits
jake’s dog biscuits

Your four-legged friend will jump through hoops for this dog treat. Made from quality ingredients, it is nice to know exactly what goes into this canine snack. These also make a great gift at Christmas time for your dog-owner friends.   Ingredients 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup rolled oats 1 tablespoon dried parsley


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mussel dip
easy mussel dip

Imagine taking your favourite cooked seafood and a few other ingredients and with the help of your food processor within seconds you made your own fresh, full flavoured seafood dip. Here we have used mussels but you could use salmon, or smoked fish or shrimp – but the mussels are inexpensive and so full flavoured


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best buttermilk pancakes
best buttermilk pancakes

These are sooooo good they should be banned! Buttermilk pancakes, grilled bacon and sliced banana served with maple syrup is a great way to start the day – enough delicious energy to work all day and you completely understand why it is a diner special – this is a great recipe.   Ingredients 2 cups


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smoked chicken wrap
lou’s smoked chicken wrap

It’s a Wrap! This smoked chicken wrap is a wonderful solution for a picnic and easy on the budget, you can clean out the fridge and cover it in a wrap. These are surprisingly filling, with one being enough for two people, except for the starving teenagers! Ingredients The following is a guide, you can


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melon-ice-cubes
melon ice cubes

Use a food processor to puree any ripe melon. For best results use a cheese cloth to separate the fruit from the pulp – you will want about 2 cups of juice. Discard the pulp and pour juice into clean ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Divide into 4 glasses and serve with sparkling mineral


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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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mushroom, basil and parmesan topping (for pasta or bruschetta)

This topping tastes great tossed with pasta, or use it as a bruschetta topping. Both are delicious.   1 cup chopped  tomatoes 4 Tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tsp capers 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp chili flakes 20 thinly sliced basil leaves 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp butter 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (we


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sausage rolls
sausage rolls

Our test kitchen made these delicious sausage rolls using reduced fat flakey pastry. Delicious without all the guilt! ingredients Makes 40 approx. 5½ to 6 cm sausage rolls Time: 45 mins     1 packet flaky pastry sheets (5 sheets)* 700 g sausage meat (we used beef sausage meat) 2 tsp. dried sage 1 onion


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felicity’s chicken sandwiches

Auckland’s Cook The Books Felicity O’Driscoll is known to serve these delicious dainty sandwiches at her book evenings with authors – they are seriously good and so simple. We halved the original recipe. Makes 40 sandwiches. ingredients 2-3 boneless skinless chicken thighs – free range if possible 1/4 onion – sliced 1 clove garlic –


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breadcasing
savoury bread cases

This is a great way to use bread instead of pastry for canape or lunch box suggestion. ingredients One loaf has 17 slices – we will use 12 for the muffin tray. 12 slices of bread – sandwich bread is great, but you can use toast. Cut the crusts off the bread – taking care


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the classic BLT

A sandwich favourite, we taken this up a notch and added pesto. Delicious! ingredients To make one sandwich   2 rashers bacon (rind removed) 2 slices fresh white bread 2 Tbsp good quality mayonnaise 1 Tbsp pesto salad greens fresh tomatoes salt and pepper   Place baking paper in a lamington tin and place bacon


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sweet crepês

Serve with any filling you find in your pantry from honey and jam to peanut butter or hazelnut spread. So quick to make.   Ingredients 3 cups whole milk 4 eggs 2 cups flour 2 tbsp sugar Pinch of salt Few drops vanilla extract (optional) Melted butter (for pan)   How to prepare batter: Whisk


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witch fingers

These witch fingers are bound to be a hit at Halloween. We took a cheese straws recipe and turned them into this ghoulish treat.   Ingredients   115g butter, at room temperature 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Blanched almonds, split


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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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randall’s southern style cornbread

ingredients 1 tbsp salt 2 eggs 2 cups finely milled Mexican Masa corn flour 1.5 cups medium corn polenta (plus the coarse polenta left over from coating the pan) 1/2 cup unsweetened yoghurt or buttermilk 1 to 2 cups of whole milk   1.   Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius 2.   Liberally butter a round


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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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raisin choc crunchies

Just in case you want something other than an ANZAC biscuit make these– who doesn’t love chocolate and raisins in a cookie? If dried fruit is not popular in your family – remove them from this line-up and increase the chocolate chips to ½ cup.   Makes 44 cookies and Takes 30 mins Ingredients 150g


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cinnamon delights

These are super and you may think we have made a mistake with 80g melted butter but you do need it for these treats –served warm they are as good as a warm donut without all the extra work.   Ingredients Makes 16 puffs Takes 30 minutes 2 cups flour 3 tsp baking powder 1/2


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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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Crab Cakes
crab cakes

You could never imagine cans of crab meat could work so well, even “non-seafood lovers” devour these with enthusiasm.   ingredients Serves 4 takes 40 mins 2 x 170g cans crabmeat 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs 2 large eggs 2 Tbsp Dijon mayonnaise Salt and pepper 2 spring onions (finely chopped) 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley


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Pork Pinwheels
apple and pork mince pinwheels

ingredients 500 grms free range pork mince 2 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp chicken stock powder 1 tsp celery salt 2 tsp fennel seeds 2 tbsp chopped parsley 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill 2 cloves garlic crushed and chopped 1 small onion diced 1/2 apple finely diced with skin 2 eggs (one for the egg


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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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chewy triple chocolate chip cookies

When you first make this mix it appears a little runny for cookies, but leave on the bench for a few minutes and it “thickens up” for easier handling – please note it’s a wetter mix, as the cookies are almost “brownie” like in texture ingredients 125g butter, cubed 200g dark cooking chocolate, broken 3


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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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Louise's Chocolate Chip Cookies
louise’s chocolate chip cookies

My sister Louise loves to bake these cookies and they are incredibly good – I like to get them quite golden on the outside as it gives extra texture and flavour   ingredients   500g butter 240g caster sugar (1 cup) 1 tin condensed milk 600g flour (approx 41/2 cups) 4 tsp baking powder 2


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Easy Yoghurt Lemon Cake
easy yoghurt lemon cake

Years ago, my mother Jacqueline White discovered a yoghurt cake recipe in an old British newspaper where the writer said she found baking difficult, but had developed this great cake where you use the pottle yoghurt container to help with all the measurements and it literally was a “dump cake”. Trying out the recipe and


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classic italian sandwich - pain bagna
classic italian sandwich – pain bagna

Sandwiches for diabetics should not be made with just any bread, carbohydrates being the main energy of bread feature well up the “Glycemic Index” and so whole grain, low carb breads are best. If in any doubt read the packet instructions or visit www.digitalbirdcrap.com/diabetes.html   ingredients   3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half


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minestrone salad
minestrone salad

A wonderful health rule is to ensure at least half your plate is filled with salad or vegetables, this recipe covers both health requirements and can be served together with your chosen fish or meat. Or simply served as a meal in itself. ingredients Salad 1 cup cooked peas 1 cup cooked broad beans 1


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Brigittes Crackers
brigittes crackers

These are delicious crackers and so full of goodness – just go to a bulk bin supplier and measure out what you want and go home and bake. The tricky thing is getting them thin enough ( as thin as you can manage) as they taste best nicely browned. Cooking times will vary according to


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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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rhubarb buttermilk loaf

Buttermilk makes this the lightest and moistest loaf imaginable. It keeps well and freezes perfectly – even if you are not a rhubarb fan – reconsider your opinion with a slice of this!     ingredients   11/2 cups brown sugar 2/3 cup oil (not olive – try vegetable oil) 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk


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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
oatmeal raisin cookies

Makes approximately fifty four 7cm cookies and takes 1 hour to make these delicious cookies…   ingredients   2 large eggs ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup brown sugar 250g butter, cubed and softened slightly in the microwave 11/2 cups flour ½ tsp baking powder 3 cups rolled oats 1 cup raisins 1/2 tsp salt ½


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Salt Crusted Celeriac Soup
salt crusted celeriac soup

Celeriac can be a scary vegetable but in season at the moment and not expensive. Salt crusting it and baking it without any preparation (no peeling – just washing and then drying) – adding the salt crust /baking and then adding the cooked vegetable to simple soup WOW!!! Spectacular flavours! This recipe was designed by


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Fresh Apple Cake
fresh apple cake

This cake can be mixed in the tin in which you bake it!   ingredients   125 g butter 3 cups grated peeled apple 1 cup brown sugar 1 large egg 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp salt 1 cup sultanas


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sushi bowl
sushi bowl

This is quick to make only takes 20 mins     ingredients   500 g cooked brown rice 170 g lemon pepper flavoured tuna, drained Zest of one lemon 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped 1/2 cup snow pea shoots, chopped 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onion 1/2 cup finely diced celery 50 g sliced pickled


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the best gingerbread
the best gingerbread

With the help of buttermilk you can transform this family favourite into something stellar! Try it warm from the oven with a cup of coffee or serve warm with poached fruits     ingredients   100g butter 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp golden syrup ½ tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves 1


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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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Irish Whiskey Cake
irish whiskey cake

ingredients   The peel of 1 large lemon Irish whiskey 175 g butter 175 g sugar 175 g flour 3 large egg yolks 175 g sultanas 3 large egg whites pinch of salt 1 tsp baking powder   method   Put the lemon peel into a glass and cover with a double measure (about 75


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Citus Yoyos
citrus yoyos

Take an old-fashioned tried and true recipe and add your own personal flavour – great zingy, buttery flavour is achieved here with citrus added in both the delicate biscuit as well as the filling.     ingredients   175g butter 1/2 cup icing sugar a few drops vanilla essence 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest


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Bruschetta
simple bruschetta

Please note this is as much a method as it is a recipe!     method   Take your dough loaf and when bread is stale – slice and grill – then drizzle a little olive oil and salt over the bread and run a peeled cut clove of garlic over the bread. Top with


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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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Bespoke Cafe dark chocolate rocky road
dark rocky road

NZ Café of the Year, the Bespoke Kitchen’s recipe for Dark Rocky Road     ingredients   Slice 2 cups marshmallows ¾ cup cranberries ¾ cup pistachios 1 1//2 cups macadamia nuts 500g Turkish delight (chopped) 1.5kg dark 70% chocolate 35 g freeze dried raspberries   method   Melt the chocolate in a pan over


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salted caramel truffles
salted caramel truffles

NZ Café of the Year, the Bespoke Kitchen’s recipe for Salted Caramel Truffles Dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free     truffle mixture   Truffle mixture: 15 medjool dates ¼ cup almond butter ¼ cup ground almonds 1 ½ tbsps coconut oil (melted) 1 tsp vanilla essence ¼ t sea salt   Blitz all


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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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casual foodie’s sesame dressing
casual foodie’s sesame dressing

This recipe comes from Christine and her team at Casual Foodie in Birkenhead – we have altered the quantities as they make so much as it flies out the door – it’s so popular! Thank you for the recipe.     ingredients   100 g tahini 100 g brown sugar 7 g cracked pepper (about


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lemon currant gluten free biscuits
lemon currant gluten free biscuits

The secret to these great cookies is to cook them until they are lightly golden. That brings the flavour but with gluten free baking it does take longer to achieve – so be patient. Makes 22-24 cookies and takes 10 mins to prepare and 1 hour resting in fridge.     ingredients   115 g


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salmon spinach and ricotta tart
salmon spinach and ricotta tart

This is a light and delicious easy family lunch or supper Serves 4-6 Takes 15-20 mins Cooking time 25 mins     ingredients   Olive oil spray or butter paper to grease the pie plate 150g spinach leaves, washed 200g Puhoi ricotta ¼ cup Edmonds Gluten Free Flour a generous pinch ground nutmeg 3 eggs


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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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low sugar fresh apple cake
low sugar fresh apple cake

This cake can make it in the tin in which you bake it!     ingredients   125 g butter 3 cups grated peeled apple 1Tbsp brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp salt ½ cup sultanas


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Sweet Painted Lady's Real Coffee Cake
sweet painted lady’s real coffee cake

Thanks to Pat Jacques for this great recipe and sharing with us – this is a delicious reason to stop by the Waharoa café and have a slice of great cake!     ingredients   1 ½ cups sugar 2 eggs ¾ cup plain unsweetened yoghurt 1 cup vegetable oil ½ tsp vanilla 1 shots


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cinnamon cream oysters
cinnamon cream oysters

Reproduced with kind permission from Edmonds.     ingredients   2 Eggs (at room temperature) ¼ cup sugar 2 tsp golden syrup 6 Tbsp Edmonds plain flour 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon Bicarb Soda Whipped cream and icing sugar for assembly   method   Beat eggs and sugar until thick. Add


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peach and pecan streusel cake
peach and pecan streusel cake

This cake is made in five minutes in your food processor – it’s just that easy!     ingredients   1 ½ cups flour 2 tsp baking powder ¾ cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 2 eggs 125 g soft butter ½ cup buttermilk 1 x 410 g tin sliced peaches – drained   Streusel:


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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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scrumptious fruit loaf
scrumptious fruit loaf

If you love Anathoth Fruit Mince and want to use it as a terrific base flavour for a fruit loaf that can be served warm as a dessert all year round– a slice with natural yoghurt or whipped cream or mixture of both on the side – or left to cool down and serve with


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easy raisin tart
easy raisin tart

This is an easy quick dessert option. You can make this ahead – just place in the oven to slightly warm before serving     ingredients   11/2 cups raisins 2 eggs 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup sour cream 2 tsp lemon zest 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg 25cm sweet short pastry line tart


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Old Fashioned Cheese Cakes
old fashioned cheese cakes

Clever cook and cafe owner Pat Sundholm of Chantilly Café in Blenheim loves to feed her devoted customers a wide range of great Kiwi classics, including these very popular old fashioned cheese cakes. She is such a busy cook, instead of making pastry she uses commercial pastry and says this recipe is so easy and


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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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delicious ginger cake
delicious ginger cake

This cakes does need scales to ensure the best results – it’s a good idea to buy some digital scales for your kitchen – this delicious cake will make it worthwhile!     ingredients   225 g butter 225 g dark muscovado sugar 200g golden syrup 1 Tbsp black treacle 2 large eggs, beaten 300


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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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