Cranberry and apple cider pork belly

I have been waiting in anticipation for sometime for another opportunity to try out my Pork Belly recipe, so what more perfect a place than a mid-winter dinner party!

The key to this relatively simple dish is

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Eggplant roulade

There is nothing like the satisfaction of growing ones own vegetables.  Towards the end of last year we moved house and one of the first things we did was buy 6 large apple boxes into which we dumped 4 ½ cubic metres of soil and a whole lot of love.  Not long after the addition of these fine raised beds to our back garden we received a lunar calendar from a friend, an ancient relic from the 70’s whose colours had long since faded, lending to it an apt sense of mysticism

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Chocolate Port and Prune Christmas Cake

I never liked Christmas cake when I was growing up.  The dense, dark and fruit laden block  just seemed like an insult to all other cakes with their smooth texture and softly whipped sweet and sticky toppings.  Then I went through the phase of pretending to like it (maybe that was during my teenage years when I had figured out that it had been soaked in booze).  

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Spiced pumpkin tarte tatin

Rosie McLean is a final year student studying for a Bachelor of Culinary Arts at Otago Polytechnic. Rosie has her own blog where she indulges us in her weakness for all things sweet. As a special Halloween treat, Rosie popped in and cooked this amazing dish. I must admit that I personally ate four of the six servings….how very selfish of me. Check out Rosie’s blog www.aspaceforpudding.com and definitely give this dessert a try – I gave it a big double thumbs up! Thanks Rosie!

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