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Broccoli Soup

Broccoli Soup

Melt margarine in a soup pot over medium heat. Sauté onion, celery, and garlic for 5 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add potatoes and three quarters of the broccoli florets. Add enough water to barely cover the veggies. Bring to boil, lower heat, cover and cook 15-20 minutes until tender...
Pea, Asparagus and Shiitake Bacon Risotto

Pea, Asparagus and Shiitake Bacon Risotto

Creamy and comforting, this risotto features subtle Italian flavours accented by salty, smoky shiitakes. Prepare the shiitake bacon: Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, liquid smoke, and olive oil. Add the mushrooms...
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Preheat oven to 210 degrees Celsius. Slice the bottom off each potato and cut crosswise at 3mm intervals, cutting to within 6mm of the bottom. Place the potatoes in a large bowl, add the olive oil, salt and pepper and 1 Tbsp of the rosemary and toss well, working the...
Chestnut and Mushroom Wellington

Chestnut and Mushroom Wellington

This is great with a roast dinner or make it into pasties instead of a Wellington and have for lunch! Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Over medium heat, fry onion in oil. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for five minutes. Transfer mix into a food processor and...
Stuffed Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Stuffed Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Cook rice in boiling water until cooked. Drain and set aside. Prick the eggplants and place on a lightly greased baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes until softened. Allow to cool before cutting lengthways and scooping out the flesh, leaving about half a centimetre...
Shortbread

Shortbread

Combine margarine, sugar and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat using a mixer until creamy. Add the sifted flour and salt. Mix until mixture forms a dough. Knead dough together gently and form into a ball. Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and use a rolling...
Spicy Roasted Pumpkin

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Place pumpkin in a roasting pan and sprinkle with seasonings. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until the pumpkin is well coated. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender and caramelised.
Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake

You’ll enjoy every mouthful of this this fluffy sponge cake. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease and line 2 cake tins. Combine the flour, baking soda and sugar together in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, syrup and vanilla. Once fully...
Raw Avo Chocolate Tart

Raw Avo Chocolate Tart

Crust Place all ingredients in a food processor. Run the processor for 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture is even and finely ground and will stick together when you squeeze a small handful. Turn the mixture out into an 8-inch pie or tart pan and press it evenly into the...
Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Preheat oven to 140°C/Fan 120°C   Put the dried fruits, cherries and mixed peel into a large bowl with the flour and mixed spice. Mix well until the flour sticks to the fruits. Grate the apple into another bowl.  Add the sugar, oil, grated orange rind and juice and beat together...
Pulled Jackfruit Tacos

Pulled Jackfruit Tacos

Pulled Jackfruit Tacos (by Aaron Brunet) Okay, get your adventure boots on for an interesting excursion into the newly charted regions of plant-based cuisine. Jackfruit is the new darling of the food blogs and for good reason – it’s got a great texture that people describe as “vegan pulled pork”...
Fancy Fruit Medley

Fancy Fruit Medley

FROM THE KITCHEN: Recipe kindly provided by Jinu Abraham, Executive Chef, Heritage Hotel, Auckland. The essence of Christmas, creamed fruit mince with crunchy sliced almonds. Preheat oven to 180C. Roasted fruit – Roast apples, pears and bananas for 30 mins separately with a sprinkling of sugar if required. Put the fruit...
Avocado, Red Onion, Tomato & Basil

Avocado, Red Onion, Tomato & Basil

Preheat the grill. Finely chop the red onion and fry in a little olive oil with the balsamic vinegar until softened. Add a small amount of ground black pepper. Place the red onion in the avocado hole left by the stone. Cut the tomato into 8 segments and place 2...
Iced Raspberry Choc Log

Iced Raspberry Choc Log

Iced Raspberry Chocolate Logs (by Aaron Brunet) Start by making the chocolate ripple: place all ingredients in a blender and whizz for about 15 seconds till well combined and the sugar is dissolved. If using chia seeds instead of guar gum, blend these with the water first, put through a...
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