Wild Mushroom, Black Garlic and Halloumi Toast

People often ask my husband about the amazing dinners he must get. The truth is we often have toast and this recipe is a great example how you can whip up a nutritional and delicious dinner of toast. Per person you will need: 2 heaped cups of sliced mushrooms* 25g butter 1 black garlic clove chopped…

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White Bean Soup with Kale & Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Recipe and photography: Emma Galloway This is the kind of hearty, hug-from-the-inside kind of soup I crave on cold winter days. Blending a portion of the soup, then adding it back to the pot creates a lovely creaminess without actually adding cream. The kale and pumpkin seed pesto will likely make twice as much as…

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WATERMELON CUCUMBER SALAD

Photography: Ashlee deCaires This refreshing salad from Hamish Carter of Oscar & Otto in Tauranga with its zingy lime and chilli dressing is perfect with the BBQ duck. 4 cups seeded watermelon, cut into ½ inch cubes 1 telegraph cucumber, halved, seeded and sliced into 1cm slices 1 cup fresh mint leaves (½ cup roughly…

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Warm Roast Vegetable & Lentil Salad with Zahtar & Sundried Tomatoes

Recipe: Alison Mawer Crunchy vegetables with soft lentils all wrapped up in a thick flavoursome dressing, this recipe from Alison Mawer is quick and delicious.  Click here to read Alison’s blog Pease Pudding 200g baby beetroot, peeled and halved 200g baby carrots, scrubbed and stalk removed 400g tinned lentils 4 sundried tomatoes handful fresh parsley handful…

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Vicki’s Risotto

I always have Arborio rice in the cupboard so I can whip up a risotto in 20 minutes and have either a complete meal or hearty side dish.  A risotto is a great way to use whatever veg you have on hand from pumpkin to mushrooms, asparagus to frozen peas. 1 cup Arborio rice olive…

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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe is vegetarian and easily vegan and gluten free but very wholesome and tasty! I used red lentil but you can use other lentil varieties such a puy they just won’t break down as much so it’s really a matter of preference.

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Vegetarian Sausage Roll

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped ½ brown onion, diced ½ leek, diced 1 carrot, grated 1 small zucchini, grated 1 cup pumpkin, grated 6 button mushrooms diced ¾ tsp dried thyme (or fresh chopped thyme leaves) 2/3 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped 1 cup breadcrumbs 2 eggs, lightly whisked salt and pepper to taste…

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Vegetable Chowder

Recipe Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Photography Ashlee deCaires Hearty and nutritious this vegan (don’t hold that against it) chowder is packed full of goodness. We served it in our funky bread bowl made from one of Volare’s handcrafted breads.I like to keep this chowder chunky so don’t blend it at all. The key is to chop…

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Vegetable Bolognaise

        Serves 4-6 1 onion 2 cloves garlic 1 carrot 1 celery stalk 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tbsp capers 3 sundried tomatoes ¾ cup red lentils bay leaf ¼ cup red wine 1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato paste salt & pepper 1 tsp brown sugar Place 1 clove…

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Vegetable and Olive Tagine

Recipe & Images: Amber Bremner The fruit of the olive tree can divide a room. Understandable, if sliced pizza olives are the only olives someone has tried. They would be missing out on the huge variety of plump, savoury and, dare I say it, meaty, olives that can add so much to a meal. I’m…

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