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aphrodisiac foods

A Recipe for Love

It’s often said that the way to the heart is through the stomach, but can food really put you in the mood for love? Since the time of the Romans and Egyptians, people have believed that food has aphrodisiac powers, consuming bizarre and peculiar dishes such as cobra blood and rhino horn in an effort […]

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Seasonal Produce – February

Tamarillo Sometimes known as a tree tomato, this vibrant fruit ranges from purple to rich red and yellow, and has deliciously tangy jelly like flesh. Originating from South America and very popular in New Zealand, Tamarillo’s have only been grown in Australia in the last ten years. Packed with gut healthy fibre, calcium, iron and […]

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Vietnamese Chicken Curry

Vietnamese Chicken Curry

Ingredients 700g chicken thighs or chicken pieces, skin on and bone in. 1 stalk lemongrass, minced, green ends reserved (or 1 tablespoon bought minced lemongrass). 2 cloves garlic, minced. 3cm knob of fresh ginger, minced (or 1 tablespoon bought minced ginger). 2 tbsn fish sauce. 1/3 cup yellow curry powder or Massaman curry paste. 1 cup chicken stock. 2 medium sweet potato cut […]

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guide to liqueurs

An Essential Guide to Liqueurs

We all know that a stiff drink can remedy a bad day, but how about cure the common cold? Well, back in the Middle Ages, when monasteries acted as the first pharmacies and hospitals, it was believed that liqueurs were the cure to all ails. Doctors theorised that the right combination of herbs and botanics, […]

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best new appliances

Best New Appliances 2016

In 2016 the Internet of Things arrives in the kitchen, with Internet connectivity integrated with smart features such as inbuilt cameras for unprecedented control, connectivity and convenience. We take a look at some of the most innovative new kitchen appliances for 2016. Samsung Smart Fridge The new Samsung Smart fridge offers many of the ‘smart’ […]

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sensational ciders

Sensational Cider

Sumptuous ciders are such a staple part of the Aussie drinking culture that it’s easy to forget they only came into vogue just a short ten years ago. Originating in ye olde England in 55BC and popular throughout the UK, France and Spain for centuries, it was only really in 2005 that cider began to […]

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Dan Hong's Banh Mi

Dan Hong’s Banh Mi

Merivale’s head chef Dan Hong shares his recipe for mouthwatering mini banh mi sliders. Don’t be intimidated by the long recipe, just take it step by step and next thing you know you will be chowing down on the best sliders you have ever eaten! Mini Pork Banh Mi This recipe needs to be started […]

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Seasonal Produce – January

Passion fruit Tropical passion fruits are native to Brazil, Paraguay and Northern Argentina, where they grow from stunning exotic blooms on winding vines. Passion fruits are actually a type of berry, with a thick purple skin that houses sweet seedy orange flesh. The entire contents of a passion fruit can be eaten, seeds and all. […]

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