Raw Energy Salad

Gluten free, vegetarian and mainly raw, this salad ticks a lot of the boxes! 1-2 beetroot 1-2 carrots 3 cups baby spinach (or rocket) 1 cup of Broad beans (blanched and peeled) or Edamame (soy beans)* 1/2 red onion 1 cup sprouts or micro greens 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or walnuts toasted Fetta Peel the…

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Raw Winter Salad with Mandarins and Almonds

Recipe: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Photography: Brydie Thompson Background shot on Carrera Marble laminate from Laminex New Zealand Serves 4 | Gluten Free, Egg Free, Grain Free (can be Vegetarian) Hate Brussels sprouts? It’s time to give them another go and this salad is perfect. Thinly sliced and raw, they have a milder flavour than the sulphurous…

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Red Leicester Welsh Rarebit on Black Gold Sourdough

Recipe: Flaveur Bread | Photography: Vicki Ravlich-Horan Flaveur Bread’s stunning Black Gold Sourdough is a fairly large loaf of bread, so this recipe will come in handy! Of course, you could use any high quality bread, but reasonably thick slices are key. slices of Flaveur Bread’s Black Gold Sourdough, cut at least 15mm thick caramelised…

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Ricotta and Spinach Cannelloni with a Capsicum and Tomato Ragu

½ onion 2 cloves garlic 120-200g spinach 500g ricotta 1 egg 100g feta ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese basil ½ cup bread crumbs salt & pepper 1 cup water 1 packet of dried cannelloni ¾ cup grated cheese (I used mozzarella) To make the cannelloni filling; Finely chop the onion and garlic. Heat a little…

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Ricotta and Tomato Galettes

  Store bought flaky pastry 250g ricotta 1 egg ½ tsp dried oregano pinch of salt ¼ cup grated Parmesan Tomatoes 1 egg, beaten Mix the ricotta, egg, oregano and Parmesan together with a pinch of salt. Cut the pastry into four squares (aprox 15cmx15cm), scoring a 1cm border around each. Divide the ricotta mixture…

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Ricotta stuffed Zucchini Flowers with tomato sauce

  Zucchini flowers are a true delicacy of summer.  Sadly in New Zealand it’s rare to find them for sale, mainly because freshness is key and they are best used the day they are picked. Some varieties are better than others in producing flowers that last.  This year my yellow zucchini is just covered in…

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Risotto 101

Recipe: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Photography: Brydie Thompson Risottos are so versatile and a lot easier and quicker than most people think. Serve as a complete meal or as a side dish. You can even make risotto cakes out of leftover risotto by shaping into patties and then frying. In spring make the best of fresh…

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Risotto with Garden Peas and Mint

Recipe: Mr Pickles, Hamilton | Photography: Ashlee de Caires For the risotto: 100g Arborio rice (use top quality like Carnroli or Nano) ¼ cup white onion, finely diced 4 tsp olive oil ⅓ cup white wine 1 cup blanched fresh garden peas or frozen ¼ cup blanched fresh garden peas, pureed or frozen 1½ cups…

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Roast Baby Leek, Butternut Squash and Three Cheese Tart

Recipe and photography: Vicki Ravlich-Horan This beautiful tart is a perfect Autumn dish. Feel free to replace the hazelnuts with walnuts. Hazelnut and Parmesan Pastry ½ cup hazelnuts ½ cup wholemeal flour 1 cup flour 150g butter, cold ¼ cup grated Parmesan ½ tsp salt 1/8th cup cold water Place the hazelnuts into a food processor…

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Roast Garlic and Rocket Pesto Pasta

Serves 4, Vegetarian  |  Photography: Tracie Heasman This is great served warm as a side dish or cold with the addition of some cherry tomatoes making it a delicious salad perfect for lunch or your next BBQ. 1 bulb of garlic 125g packet of rocket zest of 1 and juice of 2 large lemons ½…

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