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Tomato Sauce Recipe for Pizza or Pasta

A tasty, versatile tomato sauce which can be easily doubled/tripled to freeze and use another day for another dinner!

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Heather's Toasted Muesli Recipe

A delicious breakfast recipe to make your own muesli at home. Add your choice of nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

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Alison's Christmas Turkey Stuffing & Gravy Recipe

Christmas Turkey (or chicken) needs a good tasty stuffing and heaps of yummy gravy. These recipes are how Anita's mum (Alison) makes stuffing & gravy (also great on Boxing Day with the leftovers and bubble 'n' squeak!)

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Georgia's Corn Fritter Recipe

Perfect for using leftover corn on the cob – and with summer on the way there'll be plenty of that around!

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Hugo's Crepe Recipe

Quick, easy and delicious! Perfect for Sunday brunch at home.

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Chelsea Winter’s White Chocolate & Berry Cheesecake

Anita's made this cheesecake a couple of times and it is simply the best. So easy too! Definitely a winner for the Christmas dessert option.

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Jo Mackenzie’s Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Recipe

Jo has dealt with us for years and is a lovely bubbly person. She gave Anita this recipe a few weeks ago and we thought it was perfect for autumn. Anita made it for the boys here and they loved it! Enjoy

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Georgia’s Recipe

Tartiflette (A real French Christmas time/ winter dish)

Also this recipe MUST be read with a horrible french accentMerry xmas Serves 4

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Julie’s Recipe

Simple Seafood Tapas

185g tin crabmeat or any other fish (ie prawns/scallops etc) Drizzle with 1 tbsp lemon juice

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River Cottage Pear & Almond Cake

The perfect dessert for a cold winter’s night. You can even watch it being made on Youtube by Hugh from River Cottage.

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Julie’s Recipe

Julie is one of our wonderful customers who’s used us for years – not only for her car but also for her golf cart! When she was in the other day her and Anita got talking about recipes and Julie volunteered a couple of hers – here’s the first. Hope you enjoy it.

EASY SPICED RHUBARB CAKE

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Summer Recipe – Moroccan Chicken with Couscous Salad & Harissa sauce

This recipe is a joint effort creation by Anita & Georgia.

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RECIPE – SIMON GAULT’S INDIAN SPICED PUMPKIN SOUP

Anita’s made this a few times and it is the best soup ever! Anita has doubled Simon's recipe because sometimes you want to go back for seconds…

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Reader’s Recipe

ANIL’S FIJIAN INDIAN CURRY

Anil is our cleaner (Five Star Cleaning). He comes in every Tuesday morning, and loves to have a good yak about everything, while he’s working - especially music! Anita convinced him to give her his Fijian Indian curry recipe, and man is it good. Here’s the recipe, with grateful thanks to Anil (who’s an awesome cleaner if you ever need one!)

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Reader’s Recipe - Ena Simmonds’ recipe for HOT CROSS BUNS

Andrew’s mum makes the best bread rolls and Hot Cross Buns! You need compressed yeast for it. You can convert the recipe to dry yeast but compressed yeast makes a much nicer product.

If you go and see the lovely man at Brumbys on Tutanekai Street and tell him I sent you, you can buy compressed yeast from him. But you might just decide to buy his as an easier option!

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Georgia's Recipe

This season’s recipe is actually from our daughter, Georgia.

I discovered an Annabel Langbein salad recipe last summer.

Georgia has adapted and it’s just lovely. It shows the Moroccan influences from Abracadabra where she works part time!
Moroccan Chicken Salad (serves 4-6)

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Anita’s Recipe (actually it’s Andrew’s this time!)

Andrew has always loved Cornish Pasties and especially the ones at the Night Market! He found a recipe and made them for us recently. The secret is in the pastry which I made in the food processor. He did all the rest and loved them! This recipe makes 2 pasties (but easily doubled if necessary).
Cornish Pasties

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ANITA’S RECIPE

Since the weather has gotten colder, I’ve been making my version of a spicy vegetable soup. I’ve got a basic recipe that I use, but it really depends on what vegetables are in the house at the time. A “must have” ingredient though is good chicken stock. Whenever I make a roast chicken, I always make stock out of the carcass (just throw it in my crockpot, cover in cold water and leave it going on slow over night). Then I freeze it and use it when I want to make soup! I usually slice up some chorizo sausage to put in for extra oomph, but you don’t have to.
Spicy Vegetable Soup

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Anita's Recipe

In my very first Annabel Langbein book (I have a fair collection of them now); there is a recipe for Spicy Chorizo Sausage Pie. I used to make it regularly before we had the kids, but now they are older and can handle a bit of spice, I have rediscovered it and I get requests for it all the time! Very simple to make and so tasty, either hot or cold, for lunch. Alternatively serve it for dinner with boiled new potatoes and a green salad, and some Branston pickle on the side! Enjoy.
Spicy Chorizo Sausage Pie

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ANITA’S RECIPE

On 4 December our daughter, Georgia flew out to France for a 3 month student exchange. She is living in a little village called Lencloitre. It is winter there now and she will be having a very cold (maybe white) Christmas with her host family. So I thought it only appropriate that I give you a French recipe for this year’s Christmas treat!

We have a huge walnut tree at our place and last autumn I collected a huge amount of walnuts off it. I found this recipe on www.frenchentree.com while looking for something to do with our haul! It is deliciously rich and you only need a very small portion!

WALNUT TART (QUERCYNOISE TARTE AUX NOIX)

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ANITA’S RECIPE

We had friends over for dinner recently and I made a Thai Green Curry. I thought it might be a bit hot for the kids, but they all loved it. It is so simple if you use a jar of green curry paste (I use the Volcom one). I also make it in a wok, but if you don’t have one a frypan will be fine. This recipe will feed 4 easily, but can be doubled for a crowd. I don’t know how authentic it is, but very tasty!

Thai Green Curry

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Anita's Recipe

I have been making a very simple potato bake that everyone really enjoys, even Georgia’s friends ask for it when they come for sleepovers! Credit for the basic recipe must go to our friend Dean’s sister Lauren who was over from Oz a few months ago and made it for us one night (although I have added the garlic and cheese touches!)
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

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Anita's Recipe

Our kids’ favourite thing for me to make is Chicken Satay, so I though I’d give you my satay sauce recipe. It’s so easy and adaptable – I not only make it for this, but you can make Beef Satay instead, I add it to stir fries, have it as a sauce on the side at bbq’s and it probably gets made at least once a week at home. Sometimes I make kebabs with red and green peppers, red onions, mushrooms and courgettes and serve those with the sauce.

Simple Satay Sauce

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ANITA’S RECIPE

On 4 December our daughter, Georgia flew out to France for a 3 month student exchange. She is living in a little village called Lencloitre. It is winter there now and she will be having a very cold (maybe white) Christmas with her host family. So I thought it only appropriate that I give you a French recipe for this year’s Christmas treat!

We have a huge walnut tree at our place and last autumn I collected a huge amount of walnuts off it. I found this recipe on www.frenchentree.com while looking for something to do with our haul! It is deliciously rich and you only need a very small portion!

WALNUT TART (QUERCYNOISE TARTE AUX NOIX)

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Anita's Recipe

There’s hardly anyone I know that doesn’t like Caramel Slice. This recipe is so simple that Georgia makes it most of the time for us. Absolutely yummy with a cuppa!

Highlander Caramel Slice

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Anita's Recipe

I found this crockpot packet mix in the supermarket a few weeks ago and it is very yummy! I don’t usually do a lot of packet mix meals, but sometimes when you want something easy to prepare you can’t go past them. Our kids love it and it’s very moreish! I usually do this on a night when the kids have their sports practice on in town, so we come home to this yummy sausage and tomato casserole all ready just to throw on some toast! The secret is to add the chilli beans as they really add something special to it.

Sausage and Tomato Casserole Crockpot

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Anita's Recipe

With winter coming, it’s just about time for me to haul out the crock pot again. I usually get it all ready the night before, then take it out of the fridge in the morning and turn the whole thing on low. It’s great coming home in the cold evenings to the smell of dinner cooking and all I have to do is scrub some potatoes (or even just throw the casserole onto some toast if we want something extra easy!) Now I don’t know if you can call this an actual recipe, (it's kind of a goulash I guess) as it always varys depending on what I have in the pantry, but it goes something like this…

Crockpot Goulash:

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Anita's Recipe

For the last couple of years I’ve given you my recipe for Xmas Mince Pies. You can still get a copy of that if you want just click <a href="http://news.simmondsfirestone.co.nz/december-2010/">here</a>.
However, during the summer when we have friends over for BBQ’s, the one salad that I make that is always a winner is Annabel Langbein’s Pecan Pear and Blue Cheese salad. I’ve varied it slightly because I can’t be bothered with spreading the blue cheese on the slices of French bread, but just throw little lumps of creamy blue cheese over the top. Or maybe scatter is a better word… The combination of flavours is brilliant and all you need is a good steak from Russell’s Quality Meats on Fairy Springs Road, a few baby potatoes and a good glass of red wine… yum.

Greens, Pears, Spicy Pecans and Blue cheese

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Anita's Recipe

This is another Annabel Langbein recipe that I use all the time over winter. I love her recipes so this time I've decided to give away her book "The Best of Annabel Langbein - Great Food for Busy Lives". Just email anita@simmondsfirestone.co.nz and ask me to put you in the draw - it's that easy! My cousin Jacinta from Wellington put me onto this book and it's brilliant. Enough babbling - here's the recipe

Spicy Sausage and Chickpea Minestrone

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