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Refreshing Pomelo and Basil Soda

Some of you foodies might have received a new and interesting fruit in your Fruit Bag this week - a pomelo. A pomelo is a giant citrus fruit. It tastes a lot like grapefruit, but is less bitter. To get to its sweet and juicy flesh you have to cut away a tough skin and thick rind, as well as peel the bitter membranes that separate each slice. Rest assured though, the hard work is worth the reward! Here's a yummy and refreshing recipe that you could use your pomelo in. Cheers!

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Haloumi, Spinach and Lentil Bunny Chow

Attention Gourmet Food Bag foodies! This week your tastes buds are taking you to Durban, South Africa! Get ready to embark on a journey to the centre of the loaf. But, before you read on let’s clear one thing up! Bunny Chow is not rabbit food nor is it made from bunnies. So… what is it?

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What is small, red, and incredibly delicious?

This week our Gourmet foodies will be introduced to a very special legume known as the Adzuki bean! While not commonly used in New Zealand, this tasty morsel is a popular element in Asian cuisine and is used in a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes.

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The Perfect Poached Egg

A delicious well-cooked poached egg is such a treat to start the day and can make a great addition to many meals no matter the time of day! This week our Family foodies will be poaching eggs to make a lovely addition to Thursday night’s haloumi, courgette and herb fritters. Here are my tips for cooking the perfect poached egg every time.

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Our Canter Valley Poultry

To celebrate Thanksgiving we’re treating our Classic and Family with turkey burger recipes using meat from our friends down South at Canter Valley. Turkey mince, which we’re providing you with, makes a great burger patty as it is high in protein and full of flavour.

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Inspiration from My Food Bag

Enough of us talking; we thought we’d share with you some recent feedback from one of our customers. Thanks for sharing this with us Tanya.

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Our Christmas Bag Feedback

You've probably heard about our Christmas Bag and how it will make the festive season a time of celebration and relaxation. If you're still not quite sure about whether or not to order yours this year, check out some of the amazing feedback we received last year.

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Our delicious Gameford Lodge duck

This week we're excited to provide Gourmet Bag foodies with delicious, succulent confit duck from “Gameford Lodge” to create Glazed Duck with Chervil Mash, Spring Veg and Fig Jus. Duck is such a treat and I’m a real fan of Gameford Lodge’s beautiful products. I love how providing you with confit duck takes some of the hard work out of a meal.

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Our Customer Story

Enough of us talking; we thought we’d share with you some recent feedback from one of our customers. Thanks for sharing this with us Kendra.

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Frank's Sausages Premium free-range sausages

This week I’m excited to have provided our Classic Bag Foodies with delicious smoked paprika pork sausages from ‘Frank’s’. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do – served with Ajvar, a delightful Serbian capsicum relish, and Lebanese pita breads.

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A delicious Chocolate Caramel Coffee Slice

What better way to treat Dad on Father's Day tomorrow than with this delicious Chocolate Caramel Coffee Slice. I'm sure Dad will love this rich and decadent treat.

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Paneton, our French bakery

We’re excited to provide award winning, and simply delicious, bakery ingredients from Paneton French Bakery. Their passionate team are continually developing new and exciting products for us to supply our lovely foodies with. I love working with their products, whether it be topping a pie with their flaky puff pastry or serving a comforting soup with a delicious crusty bread roll on the side.

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Pasta Mia – a Journey of 20 years

This week we're excited to provide Gourmet Bag foodies with beautiful pumpkin spaghetti from “Pasta Mia” to create delicious Pumpkin Spaghetti with Wine Barrel Smoked Mushrooms, Balsamic Shallots, Chèvre and Spinach. I’m a real fan of their authentic pasta products – I love their delicious flavour and beautiful texture!

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Cooking Sous-vide Style

This week our friends at Harmony will be providing Gourmet foodies with some delicious sous-vide pork shoulder for Wednesday night’s Pulled Pork and Black Bean Soft Tacos. This cooking method takes the hard work out of achieving the delicious results of a slow cooked meal.

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Our Superb Herb Supplier

I love cooking with fresh herbs as they turn an everyday meal into a culinary masterpiece. Fresh herbs provide not only vibrant flavour, but make the food look and smell amazing! Although the wonderful world of fresh herbs can be confusing as there’s such a variety of herby goodness.

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Warming Butternut and Kumara Curry Soup

What better way to warm up on a cold winter’s day than to sit down and enjoy a bowl of delicious soup. Here’s an adaptation of one of our most popular Classic Food Bag recipes, that’s not only perfect for this weather, but will also use up any leftover root veggies that you may have in your kitchen.

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Our Smokey Seafood Supplier

This week we're excited to be providing Family Bag foodies with beautiful smoked kahawai from ‘Smokey Seafood’ to create delicious Smoked Fish and Pumpkin Cakes. I’m a real fan of their smoked seafood – I love its rich flavour and delicate texture!

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Our charcutier, L’Authentique

We’re proud to supply L’Authentique, an award-winning, New Zealand owned and operated charcuterie. They specialise in quality French products made from locally sourced free-range meats, created by imported French men.

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Delicious, versatile Edamame Beans

Edamame, unripened green soybeans fresh from the pod, are among the few plant-based foods that supply complete protein. This staple in Japanese cuisine is not only healthy, but yummy too! Some of you Food Bag foodies would have tried edamame beans in our recipes recently and might be struggling to work out what to do with your left overs. How about try one of these recipes!

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Cooking with The Chiefs

We're proud as punch to be part of The Chiefs Family, feeding the lads with our nutritious (and delicious) recipes and fresh ingredients. I love travelling to the Waikato for some hands on time in the kitchen with the boys. They're as talented in the kitchen as they are on the field!

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