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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Avocado & Salmon Sushi Bowls

These healthy sushi bowls are a synch to make and would make a great work lunch too.

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Thursday, November 01, 2018

How To Use And Store Kaffir Lime Leaves

New Zealand is a multi-cultural nation and as such, we heartily embrace cuisines from all around the world. With Southeast Asia as one of our closest neighbours, we have happily welcomed an array of delicious dishes from Thailand and Indonesia, so if you haven't actually heard of or purchased Kaffir lime leaves before, you will almost certainly have enjoyed their flavour at some point.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Date & Orange Scones

This recipe is from Treats From Little and Friday, which includes many of the Auckland bakery’s most famous creations. I’ve upped the orange content and dropped the topping of demerara sugar called for in the book (the bakery dusts them with icing sugar, which I prefer). This recipe uses cream and yoghurt, dispensing with the rubbing in of butter traditionally required for scones. If you wish to make things even simpler, skip the first step of soaking some of the dates – no preplanning required!

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Poached Oranges

Have you ever tried poached oranges? They are easy to make, delicious and can be used for breakfast or a dessert for an evening party. This recipe has been created and photographed by Mon @monsflavors. Check her out on Instagram.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Creative uses for orange peels

It’s peak season for navel oranges here in New Zealand - the perfect time to grab some and tuck in.
Not only do oranges taste delicious, they also have a bunch of health benefits that make them an essential part of your winter diet.
Most people are aware that you can use orange zest to add some zing to your baking or throw the peels into a compost pile, but there are a myriad of other ways to make good use of those discarded peels.
Here are a few of our favourite creative uses for orange peels.

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Mexican pulled pork (conchinita pibil)

Nothing quite beats the fresh flavours of Mexico washed down with an ice-cold Corona (don’t forget the lime wedge in the neck of the bottle!).
This easy, flavoursome pulled pork dish takes some time, but most of it is hands-off, and with just five ingredients, preparing it couldn’t be simpler.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018


Orangettes is a fancy moniker for candied peel dipped in chocolate – and who could resist the orange/dark chocolate combination? These tasty treats are a stylish accompaniment for coffee or a nice way to cap off a dinner party. It is a great way to use the whole fruit: don’t discard the peels when you make a dish calling for oranges – make orangettes!

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Can oranges really cure the common cold?

Why is it that people tell you to eat oranges when you are sick? They have a reputation for magically being able to cure the common cold. But is there any truth to this reputation?
Oranges are a much-loved citrus snack that also happen to be really good for us. Famously packed full of vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant - oranges have a bunch of health benefits.

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Fragrant Chicken Laab

If you have never tried laab – a flavour-packed minced meat salad from Laos that’s also eaten in Northern Thailand – you have got to try this recipe! It is traditionally served at room temperature and is referred to as a salad, but that does not do this exceptionally delicious meal justice. Made with pork or chicken and infused with lemongrass, fish sauce and lime, your tastebuds aren’t going to forget this meal in a hurry.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Are limes best when they are green or yellow?

Mojitos, Asian sauces, South American cuisine, zesty desserts, pickles and salad dressings all have one thing in common. What is that? The humble lime. Limes are a popular citrus fruit with a distinctive flavour. But have we been eating them wrong all this time? Let’s look at whether limes should be eaten when they are green, or if they are better when they are yellow.

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Lime Butter

Bill Granger’s lime butter is the perfect partner to barbecued, baked, steamed or fried fish. It is so versatile it works with salmon, any white fish, clams, prawns, crayfish and mussels. Make a batch now while the limes are in season and more affordable, freeze, then in summer, brush it onto sweetcorn too. If desired, add finely minced coriander, chilli, ginger, garlic or kaffir lime to give it an extra kick.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The shortest day: time to plant garlic!

As temperatures drop and the nights draw in, most of us are stoking the fire and dreaming of sunnier climates, but for our garlic grower, Kirsty Gaddam, mid-winter means pulling on her gummies and getting out into the cold to plant her crop.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mandarin & Roasted Vegetable Salad

This recipe is hearty enough to serve as a meal on its own or makes a great single accompaniment for a roasted or barbecued joint of meat.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Indian Lime (Or Lemon) Pickle

This recipe was shared on Radio New Zealand by Kirsten Day and is a low-oil lime pickle that can also be made with lemons. Heating the spices is a crucial step with fantastic aromatics. Best served with your favourite curry.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Whole Mandarin Cake

This has been adapted from a recipe by Sarah Johannsen. Using the whole mandarin is a little unusual but I find it adds a wonderful citrus flavour hit.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Persimmon Sorbet

This recipe is adapted from Annabel Langbein’s Creamy Persimmon Sorbet. The delicate flavour and scent of a ripe persimmon works well in a sorbet, particularly one with such fine ice crystals – the addition of egg white introduces maximum volume making the end result melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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Monday, April 09, 2018

Feijoa Muffins

This quick and simple muffin recipe really does capture the full flavour of feijoas and is an excellent lunchbox filler. Just freeze them in a Ziploc bag and pop into lunchboxes each morning – they’ll be defrosted by lunchtime. As with all muffins, it is vital not to overmix the batter.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Feijoa Caipirinha

Feijoas come into season just as the autumn days arrive with their long shadows, saturated light and surprisingly hot days. This version of the Brazillian Caipirinha is deliciously refreshing on an autumn afternoon.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lime Melting Cookies

This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart’s “Lime Meltaways”. I think a “meltaway” must be an Americanism as I’ve never heard the term in New Zealand, but whatever you call them, these cookies are delicious and truly do melt in your mouth.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

If you're half excited and half terrified, it's going to be one of the best things you ever do.

I’m not sure who first said it, but this quote, that sits on an old scrap of paper pinned to our kitchen noticeboard, helped us when we set up Twisted Citrus and it’s also been a great mantra for our kids. They know it by heart!

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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Passionfruit Posset

Fresh passionfruit is such a treat that the best recipes don’t involve too much cooking and make the delectable fruit the star of the show. This simple chilled cream dessert makes an elegant end to a meal.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Twisted Smoothie

I don't know about you, but finding time for anything other than getting through each day, is pretty tough. Making the time to eat well would always end up at the bottom of the list. But I have found a solution that works for me - smoothies!

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Friday, February 02, 2018

Kaffir Lime Lemonade

With these hot summer days and nights that we have been having, cool down with a glass of home-made lemonade...with a twist of course. This recipe uses kaffir lime leaves to add a unique lime flavour to the syrup. Great used with cocktails too!

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Lemon Chocolate Tart

This recipe from UK fairtrade chocolate pioneer Green & Black’s pairs lemon and chocolate with a chocolate pastry crust and a layer of chocolate (achieved by simply sprinkling some grated chocolate over the hot pastry shell) encasing a tangy creamy lemon filling.
It’s a decadent treat and goes beautifully with fresh summer berries and a dollop of cream.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Grilled Avocado Barley Bowl

This recipe is from Anna Jones’ A Modern Way to Cook.
This surprising summer salad is a great addition to a barbecue meal, elevating the avocado with a quick press to a searing grill which imparts a smoky flavour and warmth that seemingly boosts the avocado’s creamy texture.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Spiced tamarillos and mascarpone

Not long to go until the end of the tamarillo season for this year. Get yourself some and make this delicious recipe for dessert - DEVINE!

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Kaffir lime and lemongrass chicken skewers

Friends of mine simply call Kaffir lime leaves deliciousness – fresh leaves give an unparalleled lift to curries and their secret ingredient status is well-deserved. Simply add a couple of torn leaves to the pan at the same time as your Thai curry paste and you will taste the difference.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Preserved lemons - how to make and use them

Preserved lemons were a mystery to me a few years ago, until I came across a recipe that called for them. I naively thought that a real lemon was a satisfactory substitute...boy was I wrong! A few weeks later, after a failed recipe and unable to find them at our local supermarket, I found a preserved lemon recipe online and made my own.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Juicy Facts About Lemons

We may be a little biased, but in terms of versatility and usefulness, lemons are hard to beat. Of all the fruit we sell at Twisted Citrus, lemons are the most requested year-round. Fortunately, lemons are generally available throughout the year but become scarce in late summer. You may find the price will rise around this time and notice imported fruit appearing in supermarkets.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Spicy Avocado Hummus Recipe

With the avocado season in full swing and quite a few mis-shapen seconds hanging out in our fruit bowl, we have experienced the occasional avocado glut. God forbid an avocado goes to waste! I actually get stressed looking at all those dark-green-going-black avos in the fridge! So what do I do with too many ripe avocados you ask?
There are many ways to improve the 'glut' situation...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Spring Tamarillo Salad Recipe

I think the best recipes - the real treasures - are the ones given to you by good friends.
A friend's recommendation has to be right up there with a Mum recommendation!
My friend Lisa (a kiwi living in Sydney) emailed me as soon as she found out we were selling tamarillos.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

On the cover of life & leisure behind the scences

If you had told me a few years ago our family was going to be on the cover of Life & Leisure magazine because we were selling citrus online, I would have said…go and get yourself another drink!
But in September last year, that’s exactly where we found ourselves.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lemon Chicken

Happy Friday everyone!
Meyer lemons are in season now so I thought a lemon based recipe was in order.
Today I'm sharing one of Sandy's Mum's recipes.
Aside from being delicious, it's simple and packed full of lemon and chicken goodness.
Just my kind of recipe :)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

It started with an orange...

In 2003 Sandy & I (wool buyer and nurse) bought a lifestyle property on the Poverty Bay Flats just on the outskirts of Gisborne.

We knew our soil was made up of exceptionally fertile heavy silt loam. Soil renowned in our district for growing just about anything very well.
We had a bare paddock so decided to plant some orange tree's...unbeknown to us our unique citrus journey had begun!

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Our first order of mandarins, limes and lemons arrived in Arrowtown on Thursday, 2 days after dispatch and they are fantastic! Great condition and excellent flavour and juice! Will be back for more!
Phillipa Dobson-Brown - Arrowtown


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