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Happy new year! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a wonderful (if sometimes soggy) start to 2016, and are raring to get into the kitchen to enjoy some of the fantastic recipes we have for you in this issue. Luckily for me, I got to try out some of the recipes early, because I am currently in the unfortunate position of not actually having a kitchen. It started several months ago, when 
I finally accepted that the 1970s kitchen/diner we inherited in our otherwise dream house badly needed an upgrade. I excitedly ordered my swanky new Bosch appliances, spent hours taking measurements and poring over possibilities with my husband, and began ringing around for the team who would create my ultimate kitchen nirvana. And that’s when I discovered that finding the right person to build a kitchen isn’t as easy as I’d thought. Three months, several visits from kitchen and cabinetmakers who seem to disappear in a flash of (non-culinary-induced) smoke, and dozens of unanswered or unresolved phone calls and emails later, I’m currently the proud owner of an empty space. Our old kitchen units have been removed in readiness for my brand new room – which to date doesn’t exist. So for now, my gorgeous new oven, hob, extractor and fridge are all stuck in storage, waiting until we can find a trustworthy kitchenmaker! All is not lost however – I have several handy gadgets to see me through. My trusty George Foreman grill is perfect for searing meats and fruits, my essential Weber barbecue aces one-stop summer dishes like the Marinated Beef & Barbecue Vegetable Salad (page 83), the Philips air fryer cooks Hopgood’s Crispy Prawns (page 113), our big shiny man-sized barbecue does a very decent roast, and a very old, but much-loved Breville sandwich maker from my student days still makes a mean cheese toastie (how’s that for longevity!). Suffice to say that baking isn’t on my list for the moment, but until I have something more cook-friendly than a chaotic building site, I’m learning some pretty creative culinary skills. I’m sure it won’t be long before the novelty of small-appliance cooking for every meal wears off but, until then, I’d love to hear all your kitchen renovation stories – good or bad. Drop me a line at editor@foodmag.co.nz, or on our Foodmagnz Facebook page – and wish me luck! Happy cooking!

Catherine Milford, Editor

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