Mission’s festive favourite: Christmas ham

These days, the bird’s not the only word at Christmas. And yet, despite the plethora of goodies now available, to ensure we ‘pig out’ in traditional style, no festive feast would not be complete...

French tarragon chicken with crispy little potatoes and a citrus rocket salad

Roller coaster weather over the spring/summer of 2015/2016 proved a blessing for Hawkes Bay’s Sacred Hill winery which ultimately produced a soft-textured 2016 Reserve Chardonnay featuring citrus, and stonefuit flavours with an added touch...

Farrah’s quesadillas

When asked what’s for dinner, some may say quesadillas, others will say tortillas but, often enough, they’ll both involve Farrah’s wraps. These versatile wraps can be enjoyed with almost any mix of fillings our hearts...

Cured duck

If your goose isn’t cooked come Christmas, there is a cure. However, as good things take time (up to eight months in this case), it always pays to think ahead! Thanks Scarecrow head chef, Damian...

Panfried tarakihi with Maori (Taewa) purple potato, cauliflower, green peas and lemon butter sauce

There’s nothing quite like a fishy ‘tail’ presented on a relaxed summer’s evening to bring cheer to the family and this version from EastLife contributor AJAY ZALTE, executive chef at Waipuna Hotel and Conference...

Thumbs up for city sojourn

Holiday escapes generally take Aucklanders well beyond their home city but over the festive period, HELEN PERRY, with husband in tow, spent two nights in the heart of the city, an experience she highly...

Ginger a winner

Nuts though the concept may be, this spice is rather nice (and good for us) despite its awkward looks. The root of the ginger plant (or Zingiber officinale) is from the same family as turmeric...

Blackcurrent and Manuka & Lemon Blissballs

Christmas bliss can continue year round thanks to this recipe from Crown Range Cellar. INGREDIENTS: • 1/2 c raw (natural) almonds • 1/2 c Medjool dates, pitted • 1/4 c shredded coconut or coconut chips • 3 tbsp New...

Al Brown’s Smoked Duck Breast, Mandarin, Cranberry & Cashew Salad

While hunters may be able to leave the cooking to the professionals, those who are less game to raise a gun can still conjure up a sure-fire duck dish at home, thanks to this...
Recipe Sardines with eggplant and tomato ragout

Sardines with eggplant and tomato ragout

Many a member of our team has sampled the delightful fare at Napier’s Mission Estate. However, as we can’t all head down to the Hawkes Bay every month, here’s a tempting taster of what awaits...
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