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Pavlova with Honey Mascarpone and Figs

Pavlova with Honey Mascarpone and Figs I refuse to believe that summer is over. Despite the fact that I haven't worn anything with short sleeves for days and we have had a month's worth of rain in 3 days. Funny old thing this climate change. Before summer really packs it in, you still have time to make one last pav! This tasty honey mascarpone is rich and creamy with the sugary pavlova and figs are the very best of friends with honey. I have used preserved figs here with fresh honeycomb but fresh figs are just becoming available and they would be some much more tasty! Ingredients  6 egg whites (at room temperature) 2 cups caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla...

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State of Play - Part 3

I feel like I need to preempt this blog entry with a disclaimer. This is not meant to be a pity party for us. We don’t need help or handouts. We are ok. We really are. But I said I would be honest about our journey into small business ownership and I guess the truth is that when you start your own small business it gets a bit ugly at times. But it’s not that bad. It really isn’t. So basically since my last update, there have been some massive highs, offset by a few lows, but we are working through it! The first high was that our sales pre-Christmas went so well that we sold out of Rewarewa and...

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Honey and Lime Marinated Venison

Honey and Lime Marinated Venison Our New Year's resolution this year was to cut out buying meat; if it isn't a home kill from Rory's parents' farm or Rory hasn't hunted it, we are going to try not to buy it. That means we need a few different ways to cook venison! This recipe is a great way to spice up venison and is just perfect cooked over an open fire. There is still lots of summer to come (actually has it really even arrived yet?) so get out and try it one of these nice long evenings. Ingredients - marinade 2 tablespoons olive oil juice of 1-2 limes 3 teaspoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons honey 2 garlic cloves, crushed...

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Honey Glazed Ham

Honey Glazed Ham As a kid, we never had a ham at Christmas, it was something that Rory’s family have introduced to me and I must admit that at first I thought, that is so much ham! They are a bit of a beast, but make a beautiful addition to your feast and last for days afterwards. This particular one is a wild ham from a pig that Rory caught and had a nice wild taste to go with the beautiful smoky flavour from our local butcher’s in-house manuka smoking. I have developed the recipe for this glaze over the last few years and it just adds that sticky, sweet flavour to the beautiful salty ham. It helps if you...

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Thanksgiving Feast 2016

Thanksgiving Feast 2016 We have a lot to be thankful for. It has been a big year for us; new baby, new business, new property, and soon a new place to live (fingers crossed!). We have wonderful family and friends who have supported us in so many ways, and in fact without them, so much of this wouldn’t have been possible. I have always loved the idea of Thanksgiving, even though it’s not a Kiwi holiday. Taking a day to stop and think about all of the things that we are thankful for just seems like a good thing to do. So this year, we decided to gather some friends and family and have a Thanksgiving lunch to celebrate 2016....

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