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KFC Secret Recipe

Bottom line, could this be the Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices? We sure think so. The only folks who can say definitively are the keepers of the recipe at KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands. We asked, but the company would only say, “Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one’s ever been right.”

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All we know is the recipe we tested certainly tastes like KFC. And whatever it is, it’s finger lickin’ good. Continue reading

Baked Pork Chops

There’s just a few simple ingredients you’ll need for this recipe and chances are most they’re already in the pantry. Salt, pepper, brown sugar and ketchup. The only things you’ll need to buy are some of your favorite pork chops and an onion. The onion was actually my favorite part. They’d get nice and soft on top of the pork chops with that delicious brown sugar cooked right in. Continue reading

Thai Chicken Sausage Rolls

These are a delicious change from the usual beef/pork sausage rolls. Bite size and flavoursome they are always a hit for morning tea shouts or evening supper with friends. You can make the long rolls well ahead of time and keep in the fridge. They will then be easier to slice into smaller pieces when cold.Thai-chicken-roll Continue reading

White Sandwich Bread

An easy soft white recipe that gives a good result. I like to make it in the breadmaker but bake in the oven. Halve the recipe if you are going to bake in the breadmaker.white_sandwich_bread Continue reading

Swallows Nests – Nidi di Rondine

Think fresh sheets of pasta spiraled like a cinnamon bun, but layered with bechamel sauce, cheese, and ham (and a pinch of nutmeg). Then the whole shebang is baked on a bed of more bechamel sauce, under a sprinkling of Parmesan, for an ultra creamy casserole.swallows_nest Continue reading

Pizza Dough

A simple easy to make pizza dough. I like to do it in my breadmaker and save myself the work of kneading the dough.
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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

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

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 Mushroom Pie

This comforting, creamy chicken pie uses ready-made pastry for a quick and easy mid-week meal.chicken_mushroom_pie Continue reading

Blueberry Muffins

These are, without a doubt, the most amazing, the most perfect blueberry muffins I have ever eaten. I love them so much that I think I’m going to break my self-imposed rule and keep these stocked in the freezer for a morning when the mood for a blueberry muffin strikes (and I guarantee there will be many of those mornings!). These muffins are extremely tender and moist, and packed with a seemingly endless supply of fresh, juicy blueberries. The batter is quite thick and there’s no skimping – the muffin cups are packed full which makes for generous-sized muffins once they come rolling out of the oven. Some muffins have a glaze, streusel or cinnamon-sugar topping, but I didn’t feel that these needed anything at all. They are awesome enough to stand on their own – no dressing up required. Just a classic, delicious blueberry muffin. These are the best of the best when it comes to blueberry muffins.blueberry_muffins Continue reading

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