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Peach Cobbler

This recipe for peach and berry cobbler was devised a while ago and everyone seems to like it – it’s fluffy, slightly eggy with a nice firm crust.peach_cobbler Continue reading

Pavlova

It is well known that Kiwis and Aussies have a rich history of gentle ribbing. For decades, we have argued over who invented the pavlova.

The answer, we thought, came in 2008 when Professor Helen Leach wrote The Pavlova Story: A Slice of New Zealand’s Culinary History, saying the first true pavlova recipe was Pavlova Cake from New Zealand in 1929. While a dessert named after the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova was a four-layered jelly from a book published in 1926.

However, Dr Andrew Paul Wood, a New Zealander, and Annabelle Utrecht, an Australian, have been tracing the origins of the dish for two years. They can “categorically state” the modern pavlova began life as a German torte, eventually travelling to the US where it evolved into its final form.

They have found more than 150 pavlova-like meringue cakes served with cream and fruit prior to 1926. They have also found more than 50 dishes named after Pavlova occurring before 1927.pavlova Continue reading

Pasta Dough

The secret is in the slap. By occasionally slapping the dough down onto the table, the gluten relaxes, making it easier to roll out without springing back. That and generously dusting the dough as you go.pasta_dough Continue reading

Oakhill Potatoes

Comfort food that is easy and cheap to prepare. You can make a double batch and freeze some if you like.oakhill_potatoes Continue reading

Miniature Baked Cheesecakes

I almost loathe to give away just how simple these are as they really do look as though you’ve toiled away n the kitchen when truth be told you can wow your guests with around 15 mins work!miniature_baked_cheesecakes Continue reading

Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce

This is the yummiest meatloaf around, so moist and full of flavour. My mum use to make it when we were kids, she still does and my kids love it just as much as I do. Great hot or cold (if you can leave it long enough to go cold) The only meatloaf recipe very kiwi should have.Meatloaf_bbq_sauce Continue reading

Hearty Mince Pasta

This dish is easy to prepare in one pot in the microwave ovenhearty_mince_pasta Continue reading

Cola Baked Chicken

Use full sugar Red Coke. The diet stuff doesn’t have the necessary sugar to reduce down to a yummy sticky gooey sauce. I like to use wings but any cut of chicken will do. The long slow cooking is the secret to great chicken.cola_baked_chicken Continue reading

Cinnamon Rolls

I love, love, LOVE cinnamon rolls. They are absolutely one of my favourite things to make at home. Name one thing that smells and tastes better than a warm cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven, slathered with melty gooey cream cheese frosting. I don’t think there’s anything in existence that sounds better than that!cinnamon_rolls Continue reading

Chicken and Noodles with Chilli Peanut Sauce

Chicken and noodles with chilli peanut saucechicken_noodles_chilli_peanut_sauce Continue reading

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