When we think of autumn, we immediately think of pumpkin! The name derives from the Greek word meaning 'large melon.' Funny that, it indeed belongs to the same family as melons, cucumbers and courgettes! As pumpkins contain seeds and grow on vines, it is in fact considered a fruit, rather than a veggie – who knew?!
Asparagus – the epitome of spring! Fresh, green, crispy and crunchy. The asparagus season is a short one, being only available in New Zealand from September – December. Make the most of the asparagus season and get the BBQ fired up for some of our simple and delicious recipes this month!
Tamarillo, once known as the 'Tree Tomato', are a tangy, sweet fruit, with a bold and complex flavour. Enjoy tamarillo by simply cutting in half and scooping out the rich juicy pulp. Or use in a fruit salad, sauces, chutneys or in a delicious smoothie, just like this one!
Commemorate our heroes this weekend by baking delicious ANZAC cookies. Crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, we’re sure you’ll love them. ANZAC biscuits were traditionally made by women on the home front and sent to their soldiers in Gallipoli. "Soldiers’ Biscuits" originally contained just flour, sugar, milk powder and water, these simple biscuits were made to endure the journey at sea. Now they're more of a treat with the addition of butter, golden syrup or honey and desiccated coconut.
The season is upon us when that colleague starts to bring in bags of feijoas, daily. It’s the time of year your neighbor tells you to help yourself to the fruits of their feijoa tree. Or maybe you’re the one doing the small, delicious, green gift giving!
Entertaining this weekend? Or just looking for some baking inspiration. Try our delicious teacake recipe. Plus, walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats and antioxidants. Happy baking x
Our Classic Foodies will be kicking this week off with a Bang…and a Bang! Bang Bang chicken hits the menu and it’s bound to be a serious crowd pleaser.
Due to popular demand we thought we'd share a very special recipe with you all. It's for the Chewy Coconut Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies that we delivered to our foodies this weekend to help them treat Dad. Happy cooking!
Believed to be the most commonly grown tree in the world, oranges are one of the world’s favourite fruit. Gisborne is NZ’s largest supplier of Oranges with 85% of the national crop grown in the region. Juicy, sweet and known for vitamin C, oranges make a great snack and add an extra element to many recipes. I love baking with oranges and its zest provides great citrus flavour. This recipe uses the zest of three and juice of two. It makes for the perfect morning tea treat.
Spaghetti squash, also called vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, and spaghetti marrow, is a unique vegetable that can make a funky substitute for pasta. When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash; but when cooked, the flesh falls away from the fruit in ribbons or strands like spaghetti! If you receive a whole squash, use a large sharp knife to halve squash lengthwise, leaving stalk attached. Keep seeds and core attached. To save time the spaghetti squash can be cooked the night before, scooping out and separating the spaghetti strands on the day of cooking.
Pineapple is delicious on its own, but if you want something quick and easy to make for dessert, how about grilling it and topping slices with reduced balsamic vinegar, toasted desiccated coconut and pine nuts, and natural yoghurt. Feel free to make this recipe your own with the addition of diced berries or any other sweet fruit as an extra garnish. Grill the pineapple in advance and simply re-heat on an oven tray for a quick, sure to impress, dinner party dessert or afternoon snack.