Author: Daisy Dagg

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Nuttvia – the ONLY hazelnut spread you should buy!

An exciting new product has hit the market and I'm proud to be working with them in helping to promote the benefits of this tasty new hazelnut spread. Nuttvia (www.nuttvia.com) has brought out a delicious choccy spread which contains 97% less sugar than other leading brands, it is palm oil free and has been certified with the Orangutan Alliance No Palm Oil Seal. While other spreads can contain up to 52% sugar, Nuttvia Hazelnut Spread contains only 1.7%, sweetened with Natvia, the 100% natural sweetener. Nuttvia is the only hazelnut spread in the world with a 5 star health rating. Growing up on special occasions I was allowed to have hazelnut spread on my toast and I absolutely loved it. However back then I was unaware it contained palm oil and the damages that deriving Palm oil causes on both forests and the animals including Orangutans and the Sumatran Tigers inhabiting those forests. So here are some quick facts about Palm Oil: Palmoil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the mesocarp of the fruit of the …
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From Farm to Fridge – Kapiti’s New Single Farm Organic Milk

New Zealanders are increasingly interested in discovering where their food comes from and the process it takes. There is a growing concern about caged animals and unnatural/chemical processes occurring in our food. We want to know that animals are being treated right and we want to know that our food is as natural as possible. I was brought up on a farm and I am also a huge animal lover so knowing exactly where my food is sourced is hugely important to me. Kapiti are aware of this and have launched an organic milk, traceable back to a single  farm. This basically means that we can trace the milk straight back to the Flipp family farm in Oroua Downs, Manawatu. The Flipp family are passionate about organic farming with four generations living on the farm and have proudly established Organic Certification, which took three years to achieve! They have 600 beautiful Fresian cows (the black and white ones). Since I was very little I have absolutely loved drinking milk on its own and the Kapiti …
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Countown Challenge – Money or the Bag

Recently I teamed up with Countdown to do a fun challenge called “money or the bag.” Basically, a bag of ingredients arrived on my doorstep along with a countdown voucher and I could either choose to make something with the bag contents or use the voucher to choose my own ingredients to whip up a new recipe. The bag contents contained some amazing Global Cuisine products to make a butter chicken. As much as I absolutely love butter chicken I thought I would take the voucher down to my local Countdown supermarket so I could create my own recipe for you guys. Before we get into the recipe I made I thought I would share a few awesome things that Countdown does to help grocery shopping easier and less expensive. Everyday New Zealanders are often busy trying to manage jobs whilst also juggling the responsibilities of feeding their families and budgeting. Firstly one of my absolute favourite things is they have a basket of fruit as you walk in for the kiddies to help themselves to. …

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My Online Shopping Delivery Tips

Have you ever really needed a parcel delivered and come home after work to find you missed the delivery and there’s a Card to Call on your doorstep? It is one of my absolute pet hates, so when I saw NZ Post had come up with some new delivery options for parcels or courier packages, I had to investigate. Izzy and I recently celebrated our 12-year anniversary – we had our first date on March 18th at Horse of the Year in Hawkes Bay in 2005.  It involved lots of dancing and our first kiss! Anyway, Izzy wanted to organize a date night to celebrate, so told me we were going to a fancy restaurant in Christchurch that I had never been to. Of course my head went into a spin about what on earth I was going to wear. My wardrobe at the moment, after just having my baby, is pretty much trackies and active wear so I had to go online to find something half decent. As for Izzy I just wanted to …

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Lemon & strawberry shortcake

The Rugby Pantry has joined up with our friends at Lewis Road Creamery to share one of our recipes  from our cookbook which has now been released. We have always been fans of the Lewis Road Creamery products and this recipe highlights their delicious cream, milk and worlds best butter. Why do we love their products? Because they are simply delicious and come from our very own NZ! Nothing better than local produce. So here it is guys! Enjoy … If you’re in need of a fast, simple dessert, here is your answer. There is something wonderful about the combination of lemons and strawberries. You can also use other berries such as raspberries and blueberries. Preparation Time: 10 minutes • Cooking Time: 25 minutes • Serves 4 Ingredients 1¼ cups self-raising flour ¼ cup white sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 free-range egg ¾ cup Lewis Road Creamery organic homogenised milk 1 tablespoon vanilla essence zest and juice of ½ lemon 50g Lewis Road Creamery premium NZ butter 1 punnet strawberries, sliced 2 cups Lewis Road …

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Cheats Salmon & Cream Fraiche Ravioli

This is a great cheats option for a delicious entrée. Ravioli is one of my absolutely favorite dishes but is fairly time consuming if you make your own pasta. For this recipe I have used ready made dumpling wrappers that are super easy and effective. However if you are a whiz pasta maker by all means go for it!   Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Serves: 4 people (entrée size)   Ingredients    24 individual dumpling wrappers (Can buy at supermarket or Asian mart) 1 egg (beaten) Salmon (boned and skinned) 1/4 cup cream fraiche 3 tbsp. chopped chives 1 tsp. curry powder 1 tsp. garlic & herb salt 2 tbsp. olive oil Salt & pepper to taste   Sauce 2 cups chicken stock 2 tbsp. lemon juice 25g butter ¼ cup cream fraiche    ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley to garnish   Method    Place the salmon, cream fraiche, chives, curry powder, garlic salt, olive oil and salt and pepper into a food processor and blend until a light fluffy mousse forms.   To make the ravioli coat one side of two dumpling …

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Slow Cooked Beef & Mussaman Curry

This little recipe was one I did for an Asian fusion feast a few nights back. Super easy to do and so tasty! Can chuck it in the slow cooker before work and will be ready to eat when you get home. Perfection for this chilly weather! Preparation time – 10 minutes Cooking Time – 6 1/2 hours Serves – 6 people (as a main meal) Ingredients 3 potatoes 1 onion 1kg diced casserole steak (I used Westmeat Canterbury Angus) 4 cloves garlic 3 tbsp. butter 3 heaped tbsp. peanut butter 3 tbsp. curry powder 1 can coconut cream (400mls) 3 tbsp. fish sauce 3 tbsp. brown sugar 2 cups beef stock ½ cup peanuts 1 tsp. salt Method Peel and cut potato into small chunks and add to the slow cooker along with randomly chopped onion. Heat a fry pan to medium heat and add butter, casserole steak and garlic and fry until the meat is browned on both sides. Remove from heat and add the meat to the slow cooker. Leave the meat …