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    2 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    Malawi is famous for two crops, tobacco and tea. The tea plantations are in the cool highlands, a totally magical place after being in the hot plains of Africa. We had friends who lived in Thyolo right in the middle of a tea plantation. Incidently, Mount Mulanje, in this area, is the highest mountain in Central Africa and the second highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Naturally, the main drink in Malawi would be tea and everything stops for afternoon tea (served about 4pm). When we lived in Malawi (in the 1960s), fresh milk was hard to get and not necessarily very hygienic so we mostly used powdered milk. For tea, however, we used condensed milk which sweetened and added milk to your tea at the same time. It's a real childhood memory for me. I still keep a teaspoon or two of condensed milk for a cup of tea if I'm making a dessert with condensed milk - and I don't even drink my tea sweetened these days. Afternoon tea always consisted of a small sandwich, perhaps a bit of cake or a scone and jam and a cuppa char. The name comes from the Hindi for tea and I suppose was a leftover from the British colonial days in India.

    Recipe #310618

    2 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    One of the first recipes I used to try out my new BBQ. From Taste magazine. I liked the picture. My photo is not as professional but I hope it still inspires you to try this recipe!

    Recipe #284918

    This chunky Salmon Mousse is made with hot smoked salmon and cold smoked salmon. Hot being the salmon that is smoked in hot smoke so that it cooks; and cold being the stuff that is cured in smoke and served thinly sliced. I buy the cold smoked salmon pieces rather than the expensive slices. Hot smoked salmon is available in vacuum packed packets beside the cold smoked salmon in New Zealand. This mousse could also be made with poached or baked salmon, tinned salmon or even tuna fish made to look like salmon. My mum and I once made it with pilchards when we ran out of salmon and tuna! Our excuse was that it was 1981 in Tonga, supplies on the island were running a bit low and we were cooking for 35 people for a Burns Supper. We just used the white bits from the tinned pilchards (the dog loved the dark bits!) and added some red food colouring! “What has salmon mousse got to do with a Burns Supper?” I hear you ask. Well, Scottish food is served at this event to celebrate the great Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, on the 25th January. January in Tonga is very hot so you don’t really want something hot like Scotch Broth. We decided that in an ideal situation we would serve Scottish smoked salmon. No Scottish smoked salmon to hand, or even anyone’s smoked salmon so Mum decided salmon mousse was the next best thing. Then we couldn’t find enough tins of salmon!! I don’t recommend our pilchard recipe. This is the best recipe.

    Recipe #284112

    6 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    This is a great cooking project you can make with small children. I can’t remember if there was a reason for the name but part of the charm is that it doesn’t make sense! My kids are all grown up now but we can’t resist making Wee Men if we are entertaining little people - or big people who haven’t grown up yet!

    Recipe #271824

    2 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    I made this with pork and fennel sausages, triple-smoked bacon and ingredients I had in the pantry/fridge. Delicious - but if you start with tasty sausages and bacon, you can’t go wrong! You could make this with any vegetables you happen to have.

    Recipe #269022

    2 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    My granny used to cook fish on a plate. It’s a great way to make perfectly steamed fish without overcooking it. Any white fish fillets will do; Snapper, Gurnard, Terakihi, to mention some New Zealand fish. In Scotland I made this with Haddock. Granny preferred Lemon Sole. This recipe is really only suitable for cooking for one or two. Any more than that and the fish won’t fit on the plate!

    Recipe #265447

    4 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    My daughter made me this salad once. She said that it was from the Meal-in-a-minute TV advert but this version doesn't use any Watties products. (Not that there is anything wrong with bottled sauces but I prefer to make my own dressing) This is a nice easy recipe that makes a good side dish to some steamed fish.

    Recipe #264917

    3 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    I love roasted vegetables. I love pumpkin soup. Put them together and you have the best pumpkin soup with none of the hassle of peeling the pumpkin. Also, no dairy products necessary for the creamiest soup ever.

    Recipe #264631

    15 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    I make this with Shanghai Bok Choy, a smaller Bok Choy than the regular one with light green ribs rather than the white ribs. If you have Bok Choy in a Chinese restaurant, they tend to slice it lengthways and cook the whole thing at once. I decided to cook the ribs and leaves separately and accidentally came up with this recipe because I was distracted after adding the ribs. I found that by overcooking the ribs slightly, they take on an almost buttery flavour, a nice contrast to the freshness of the leaves. I make this with Easy Prep Vegetable Stock (Recipe #247153). One serving of this soup contains quite a lot of protein and is suitable for South Beach or Sure Slim weight loss programmes.

    Recipe #264604

    3 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    I looked in the fridge tonight and all I could find was a small bit of roast chicken and some veggies. I decided to give this method of making chicken stock a go – shared with me by the Home Ec. teacher I work with. It makes a wonderful stock and this was the resulting soup.

    Recipe #263211

    6 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    I discovered that the tree bearing fruit in my garden is a loquat tree. It’s under an oak tree so I imagine that it wasn’t planted there deliberately but was the result of seed transfer by a bird. I decided to make chutney from my unexpected bounty. I used a standard recipe for chutney as the basis but the astringent nature of the loquats made it too vinegary. After a bit of tweaking, this was my final recipe. I liked the way that the loquats kept their shape and the ginger, mustard seed and chilli are still visible so you can see the flavour as well as taste it.

    Recipe #260773

    6 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    Easy moist chocolate cake that never fails, scales easily and comes with a story! Tim and Tracy met at work, fell in love, and decided to get married. One day Tracy was talking about the cost of getting married and mentioned that she had difficulty finding the right cake so I offered to make their wedding cake as my present to them. Tim said it had to be chocolate cake and it had to be this recipe, which came with the cake tin he had bought. I trialled it, we ate a lot of chocolate cake at work and eventually I made 4 cakes, 2 large and 2 medium (all made the night before so that it was fresh for the wedding!) The cake has a nice moist texture without being too heavy but was still solid enough to cover with rolling fondant icing to make it look like a real wedding cake. (sorry, the photo has long gone!) We had a ladies night where Tracy, her mum, granny, me, my daughters and another friend all made moulded icing roses in a lovely shade of burgundy. The cakes were stacked, icing rolled over the large cake and smaller cake and then the smaller cake placed directly on top of the larger cake. The edges were covered with a narrow ribbon. That's how I transported the cake to the wedding reception. Then in situ, I added the icing roses, some sprigs of baby's breath and a cascade of a wider burgundy ribbon. When it came to speech time, Tim's father revealed that Tim's love of chocolate cake almost prevented him from considering marriage. Apparently, when he was little, he had attended a wedding and was very disappointed with the wedding cake. He only liked chocolate cake. He was told that traditionally a wedding cake is fruit cake. His response to this news was that was it, he was never going to get married! So, Tim father continued, it was just as well that I made this chocolate cake for their wedding otherwise it may never have happened. I was so embarrassed. I thought I was helping out my friends and getting away with a no-brainer wedding present. All of a sudden, I was in the limelight. Everyone was coming up to me afterwards and congratulating the "chocolate cake lady"! I had no idea that my cake was going to be such a big feature at this wedding. It certainly wasn't what I intended but I'll never forget this recipe. It has become our family favourite too. Prep time includes time for the chocolate mixture to cool.

    Recipe #259680

    1 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    These tasty little appetizers are perfect for anything from a treat at home to elegant party nibbles. It will always be Jenny W.'s recipe to me, a lovely woman I worked with when I first came to New Zealand. She used to make them for morning tea, something I had never experienced before - a tea break where you actually talk to your workmates and share food. Brilliant idea! She shared this recipe with me and I've passed it on several times. It's always a hit. So Jenny W., if you see this and recognise your recipe, get in touch with me.

    Recipe #257346

    4 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    This was a recipe I came up with when I started trying to lose weight with Sure Slim. It uses Cruskit crispbreads or crackers and follows the "rules" of the diet. Cruskits are those revolting puffed crispbreads that you buy thinking that you are being good but then don't eat. I found that they make an excellent binder for burgers.

    Recipe #254905

    4 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    The fastest and most delicious vegetarian pizza you have ever tasted. This is a great favourite with Sure Slim members. We have a flat bread called Mountain Bread in NZ and Australia but any flat bread or even flour tortilla will do.

    Recipe #253322

    4 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    I used to make a cheese soufflé topping starting with a white sauce. This is easier and delicious. The Halloumi and Ricotta cheeses gives it a buttery taste that complements the creamyness of the eggplant and the acidity of the tomatoes without being too heavy.

    Recipe #253318

    9 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    Preparing the vegetables for this stock is so easy that I do it as I'm putting the groceries away. In NZ celery is sold the right way, with all the leaves, so it's too long to go in my veg chiller drawer in the fridge. This stock uses all the top part of the celery, thereby solving a problem and not wasting any good food! It also has the added bonus of making you look like a domestic goddess. It makes about 2.5 litres of stock, which I freeze it small tubs so I always have stock on hand. Prep time is about 3 minutes and the rest is put-your-feet-up cooking time. Couldn't be easier.

    Recipe #247153

    1 Reviews |  By RonaNZ

    Bacon, mushroom, pancakes and the best fried eggs makes a perfect breakfast. Best of all, all it takes a bowl and two frying pans and is very easy to make, with everything being ready at the same time. Make sure that you have a well-fitting lid for one of the pans.

    Recipe #311279

    Submitted for the Zaar World Tour 4, Frozen Italian Dessert Challenge by The Daffy Daffodils. Our team made a very patriotic Italian dessert, a semifreddo wrapped in sponge emblazoned with the colours of the Italian flag. This dessert could be made with purchased gelato but we felt that as we are the Daffy Daffodils (our charity being The American Cancer Society) we are very concerned about healthy eating - and we're a bit daffy too - so a gelato made with carrot juice, strawberries and avocado would be our choice! See Ma Field's recipes for Recipe #307741 and Recipe #307827.

    Recipe #307774

    Pre-historic cookies made with a cookie press (also known as a cookie gun or Spritz cookie maker). I stumbled on this recipe when I was looking for some easy instructions for making polyhedra for Christmas decorations. George Hart does some amazing sculptures based on polyhedra. He also has an odd sense of humour. This recipe for Trilobite cookies tickled my funnybone. I’ll let him tell you about them. [url=http://www.georgehart.com/trilobites/trilobite.html]Prof Hart's Trilobite Cookies[/url] A couple of weeks after reading this recipe, I was asked to help take some students (13 year olds) on a science trip to the museum. Turns out they were studying rocks and fossils. Brilliant! I baked up a batch of these cookies, which they ate before going into the museum because we couldn’t take food inside. I told them that these were fossil cookies, trilobites, and that they were to look for the real thing in the museum. The students were given a presentation and then let loose on an exhibit where they had to match up rocks and fossils to labels. Some kids came running up to me waving a real fossilised trilobite, all excited, “Is this it? Is this a trilobite Miss?” They’re so sweet – really still children at that age even if most of them are bigger than me! This is my recipe for cookie dough and Prof Hart’s idea for a cute cookie. (Note, for the purposes of ZWT4 I have included this recipe in the Germany section since trilobite fossils can be found at Hunsrück Slates near Bundenbach, Germany)

    Recipe #298024

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