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Some folk hit the kitchen only when rustling up some quick grub for the family is unavoidable. However, for others, cooking good food is almost a religious experience. And, when it comes to good food, Lesley Christiansen-Yule and Hamish McRae literally wrote the book -- The New Zealand Cook's Bible, that is! And it is well named. Some cook books assume readers know all the techniques required to prepare and cook a first class meal. However, as Lesley and Hamish explain, many children haven't learned to cook alongside family so basics are not always being passed down through the generations. The New Zealand Cook's Bible -- Classic Recipes & Step-by-step Techniques, outlines virtually everything novice chefs need to know about cooking. From setting up a kitchen, selecting the right knife, basic preparations and cookery techniques, to how to fillet a fish, the best method for roasting beef, safety and storage, and meal planning, this book covers all bases. It features more than 500 easy-to- follow recipes for delicious dishes and Christmas seems the perfect time to teach the chief cook and bottle washer in your household a thing or two about food. A gift like this won't go unappreciated. ❦ The New Zealand Cook's Bible by Lesley Christiansen-Yule and Hamish McRae. Published by Penguin Books. RRP: $75.00 Nando’s Botany Town Centre • 1 Town Centre Drive, Botany Town Centre, Botany. Ph (09) 271 2411. Open Sunday-Wednesday 10.30am-9.00pm, Thursday-Saturday 10.30am-10.00pm. Nando’s Sylvia Park • 286 Mt Wellington Highway, Sylvia Park, Auckland (09) 909 6495. Open Monday-Wednesday 10.30am-9.30pm, Thursday-Saturday 10.30am-10.00pm, Sunday 10.30am-9.00pm. www.nandos.co.nz Nando’s Family Feast Fun for the whole family. One whole, succulent, fame grilled chicken partnered with two large sides and 8 BBQ ribs. 121680 Enjoy the Festive Season with Nando’s 64a TI RAKAU DR, PAKURANGA Phone 576 5225. OPEN 7 DAYS www.lawnheat.co.nz www.husqvarna.co.nz YOUR AUTHORISED HUSQVARNA SPECIALIST DEALER 118239-v2 2 -- Times Newspapers Christmas Supplement www.times.co.nz How can you eat your meat if you don't have any vegetables? Often enough it's the big bird that scoops the glory, taking pride of place in the festive spread. But, thanks to the 'stir-ling' work of talented chef and food author, Lesley Christiansen-Yule, veggies can be top of the table this Christmas. While roasting vegetables may be a simple undertaking, with a few professional tips, blackened carrots and spoiled spuds will be a thing of the past thanks to this recipe from the New Zealand Cook's Bible. It takes a festive approach to presenting veges to Christmas guests. Roast Vegetables Makes 4-6 portions 3 potatoes 80ml (1/3 cup) oil 1/3 cup salt 3 stems rosemary 1 golden kumara 4-6 parsnips 450g pumpkin 6 shallots 8 cloves garlic pepper Wash, peel and rewash the potatoes, then cut them into even-sized pieces, allowing 2-3 pieces per portion. Heat the oil in a roasting pan. Add potatoes, season with salt and toss to coat with oil. Add a rosemary stem. Place into a hot oven at 220 degrees C. Roast potatoes for 15-20 minutes (depending on size) before adding the other vegetables (these will take less time to cook). Prepare kumara and parsnip as for potato, although smaller parsnips may be left whole. Peel pumpkin, remove seeds and cut into portions. Leave shallots and garlic unpeeled. Add the remaining vegetables to the pan, toss well to coat with oil, adding more if necessary. Next, sprinkle with a good amount of salt, season with pepper and add the remaining rosemary. Return to the oven for 30-45 minutes. Turn the vegetables during cooking to achieve even colouring. Remove from the pan when cooked and drain vegetables on paper towels before serving. Book for cooks or non-cooks Win Cook's Bible! We know The New Zealand Cook's Bible would make an excellent Christmas present for cooking novices and veterans alike. However, just in case Hubby or the Wife doesn't take the hint, the good folk at Penguin, have given Times a copy to give away abd make the New Year extra happy for one lucky reader! To enter the draw, simply visit www.times.co.nz then click on the competitions link and fill in the form. One entry per person; entries close January 8, 2013. Winner notified by phone or email. Christmas classic 'Yule' enjoy!
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