MasterChef winners Karena and Kasey Bird write a fortnightly food column in Living.

Kasey and Karena: Farewell to summer (+recipes)

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There are still a few balmy evenings left to fit in barbecues as autumn creeps in.
Barbecue corn. Photo / Michael Craig
Barbecue corn. Photo / Michael Craig

There are still a few balmy evenings left to fit in final barbecues as autumn creeps in.
We have been overseas most of this year and have pretty much missed an epic summer here in New Zealand.

When we come back we try our best to soak up lots of vitamin D and spend as much time cooking outside as we can. Although our family has had their fill of sun-filled afternoons and lighting up the barbie, we are still hanging on to the last few warm evenings.

Some kind of alchemy happens when the evening is calm, the fire under the grill is flickering up to singe the meat and you have a warm jersey on standby for when the inevitable chill hits as the sun slowly disappears behind the hills.

Try these delicious recipes by Kasey and Karena at

Barbecue chicken thighs with tomato vinaigrette
Barbecue corn with chilli herb butter
Ultimate slaw


Head over to for more recipes from Kasey and Karena.

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