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This small country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean is comprised of two main islands. More than 1,000 miles east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand was a former colony of the British Empire. The culture of the island was shaped by European immigrants and the Maori people, of Polynesian descent, who migrated to the islands about 1,000 years ago. Early colonists, British mainly, hoped to rely on the familiar foods of home. Meat and potatoes, all of which were introduced into New Zealand, remain important parts of the diet. However, conservative British cooking has slowly made room for Mediterranean and Asian styles that celebrate fresh local ingredients. New Zealand is known for its lamb, mussels, and its booming wine industry. Like the English, New Zealanders drink a lot of tea, which is not to be confused with their main meal, usually eaten in the evening, and often called “tea.”

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I used to be a professional chef before I became an Interior Designer. I have a real passion for cooking. I moved to Bali with my husband and 11yr old daughter last year. We live in a Balinese villa with our two dogs - we love it here! The local ingrediants are incredible because of the mountains they grow just about everything all year round and you can buy any kind of gourmet imported food here because of all the fabulous resturants and hotels we have here!

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Sweet and Spicy Pork and Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry with Spicy Noodles

Reviewed on Apr. 15, 2014 by COOKINKIWI   view full review
Made as written - except that I sliced up some left over cooked pork tenderloin (just added it...

Apple and Cheddar Cheese Souffles

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These were really tasty, I made them for me and sister one night as a light dinner with a bit...

Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

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I made these for my family who like enchiladas a lot more than I do, they were quite a bit of...

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