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Bite magazine: Happy meals

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Silverbeet, kale and roasted jerusalem artichoke pie. Photo / Tamara West
Silverbeet, kale and roasted jerusalem artichoke pie. Photo / Tamara West

The focus of this week's Bite was going to be on foods we should be eating right now to ward off winter ills and moody blues.

But the whole team took the "happy food" theme to be foods they eat that make them happy.

And I am okay with that because I believe that eating a little of what you love does make you happy.

So this week you will not find recipes for meals that are high in the vitamins we need most right now (although we have compiled some high-vitamin D recipes here for those who would like to be scientific about happiness and are lacking in sunshine), rather we have meals that will warm the cockles of your heart and put a smile on the dial.

One of my happy meals is cheese and in particular this winter Onetik Ossau Iraty from France and Kingsmeade Ngawi Brie from here in the Wairarapa. Always conscious of my 5+ADay, I have been eating them with slices of pear poached in rosemary and some crusty bread of course.

Recipes to try on

One-pot chicken and pork braise
Apple and lemon-scented geranium pie
Silverbeet, kale and roasted Jerusalem artichoke pie
Big bite burger
Roast cauliflower soup with chorizo, parsley, almonds and watercress

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Jo Elwin

Jo Elwin is editor of Bite and

A young Jo Elwin could be found reading cookbooks on the school bus and delighted in being the ‘kitchen helper’ at her mother’s dinner parties. Twenty years within magazine publishing, many involving food, has lead Jo to her dream job as editor of the NZ Herald’s weekly food magazine Bite and website

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