Valentines day shortbread

Happy Valentine’s Day readers! Each year, February 14th creates its fair share of controversy; there are the believers and the non-believers and there are the gift receivers and the non-receivers. I can understand those that don’t agree with this tradition, those that make the stand that every day should be

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Panforte

Writing my Christmas posts has prompted me to think about what it is that makes Christmas so special for me.  I am not at all religious, nor am I much of a traditionalist, however every Christmas Eve I slip into the back of the local church just as midnight mass begins.  There is something about the calm which falls upon entering the church, something about the moonlight shining through

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Truffles

These truffle recipes come to us from Sophie (a.k.a. Fabulous Sophie (because she is)), our marketing guru Sydney-side.  When I first started at Fisher & Paykel, Sophie was based down here in Dunedin, and she always brought a little ray of sunshine (and glamour) into the office.  I have fond memories of these truffles made into the most spectacular Christmas tree configuration

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Almond drops

The 1st December marks a very special day in Auckland’s Christmas calendar.  On this auspicious evening every year just as dusk turns to dark in one of our central city streets, a row of houses light up with the spirit of Christmas.  Draped in curtains of Christmas lights these houses are transformed and it is impossible not to be overcome with Christmas cheer.

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Tangelo marmalade

You may remember that I gave an introduction to the fruit trees which grow next door to us, and to the generous offer made by our friendly neighbours to help ourselves to their fruit.  This recipe is one which makes the most of the winter/spring bounty produced by their tangelo tree.  I am partial to marmalade and of late it has become a bit on an addiction.

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Pale ale

Beer is definitely an office favourite, on a Friday afternoon it’s a given that members of the office will be heading off for that well deserved end of week beer. And sometimes, when there’s cause for celebration, one of the functional managers will put on a few beers and the whole office gets together in the staff kitchen to regale each other with the week’s stresses and unwind. We’re quite a tight knit bunch down here at the Dunedin branch and Friday beers has forged many a friendship.

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Espresso fudge

Coffee is the life blood of product development in Dunedin. So much so that certain members of the office partake in a coffee bean pool so that they can enjoy true espresso from an espresso machine without the bite four cups of it would normally inflict on one’s wallet.

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Chocolate dipped hokey pokey

The thought of homemade Hokey Pokey for me conjures up memories of science class where, armed with Bunsen burners, brown sugar, sticky golden syrup and baking soda, a class full of excited 14 year olds experience the wonder of chemistry in the kitchen. And what better way to end

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