Solid Gold

The generosity of autumn flowed right into our kitchen when we returned after Easter break. Kurt showed me some pictures of himself at the top of a ladder amongst the golden fruit and foliage of his neighbours Quince tree. He then backed up the photo evidence by producing two large bags of quince.  I promptly saw his hand and produced my own two bags of gifted Quince, meaning between us we had at least 10kg of these perfumed beauties!

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Noodles of Asia

  Every time I visit our local Asian supermarket I am blown away by the sheer volume and range of noodles on offer.  Of course we usually buy the dried versions but increasingly I have noticed the variety of fresh noodles, wild stranded bags neatly stacked in the fridge – so cheap, tasty and with little preparation required they are a standout for a quick weeknight dinner.

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Praying for summer

Way down here in our neck of the woods, in our little south pacific paradise we have been waiting very patiently for something to come.  Like kids taking a peek from under the sheets trying to catch a glimpse of the mystical Mr Claus, each morning we peer out from behind the curtains and sample the days offering hoping that a change may have arrived. Summer you have been so elusive this year, your absence has played havoc with us.

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Sweet in savoury

A sweet element naturally lends quite distinctive tastes to savoury foods. The incomparable aroma of a sweet and sticky glaze caramelizing takes a smokey salty Christmas ham to another level, the sweet floral notes of a pineapple salsa adds freshness to fish and so on.

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Our new baby

My job as a product evaluator is to stand in the shoes of our customers and test the ability and usability of our cooking products. Our latest built-in oven was tested vigorously as a complete unit and for the performance of each part. Our standard tests were repeated over and over to ensure that everything was just as we wanted it to be. We fattened up the engineering team with our precisely measured and graded cooking test treats. Another scone boys? Roast chicken for lunch…. again?

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Campfire Cooking

There is nothing quite like a campfire. We have all experienced the mesmerizing powers of the deep orange flames flickering and dancing before us. We have probably all had a burnt sausage and a slightly over-toasted (chargrilled?) marshmallow.

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