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  • Cocktail of The Month: Lost Lake

    Recipe by Paul McGee, Lost Lake, Chicago

    Their house cocktail, the Lost Lake, is a delicious balance of rum, tropical juices, and a couple of perfectly balanced modifiers to transform this drink into a modern tiki hit. Enjoy!


  • Oiko's Seafood Kritharoto with Saffron and Greek Basil

    Try this Greek dish from Theo Papouis from Oiko's!

  • The celebration alternative - cakes made with rounds of cheese!

    Wedding cakes made with whole cheese and sometimes called cheese towers, are suitable for use at birthdays, anniversaries or any other special event or party.

    It is not a cheesecake, rather it  consists of several cheese rounds arranged one on top of the  other in much the same way as the tiers of a traditional wedding cake. To make it look like a traditional cake, rounds of cheese with different diameters are used. The stacked rounds of cheese can then be decorated as you like. Fruits and berries are very popular decorations. Ribbons and flowers can also be used. It is simply a matter of deciding on the style of cake your event  requires.

    A cheese cake is suitable for anyone who would prefer a savoury cake or who would like to have a cheese course included at a special dinner. Of course you can serve a traditional cheese board if you prefer, but celebration cheese cake is certainly a great centre piece that is also useful and practical.

    A rule of thumb in creating a cake is to allow around 100 grams of cheese per person -  or 10kg of cheese for 100 people. With a little imagination you can easily create the cheese celebration cake yourself.

    The first and easiest way to assemble a cheese celebration cake is known as the American style. You simply find a number of cheese rounds of differing diameters and stack them one on top of the other - using the smaller rounds as you near the top. As you can see in our Fromagerie there is a wide range of cheese rounds available of differing sizes. Don’t use too many different sizes -keep it as simple as you can.

    The second style of cheese cake involves using stands and pillars much like a traditional fruit cake. You can use rustic bases cut from clean and polyurethane rounds of native timber.

    Foliage, dried fruit, flowers, berries  and fruit all seem to work well. In reality it depends on the style of the celebration. Find someone artistic to decorate it and you can organise it all yourself.

    While we try to maintain good levels of wheels a minimum of 2-4 weeks is recommended for order.

    At Moore Wilson Fresh we happily supply the cheese  and accompaniments but we do not supply finished decorated cakes.

    To select your cheese rounds, ask to talk to our cheese specialists at Moore Wilson Fresh.






  • Supplier Profile: Forrest Estate Wine

    Just outside of Renwick, in Marlborough, John and Brigid Forrest have been crafting wines since the late 1980’s.

    A pair of dedicated Doctors with a yearning to find something new, they kept asking “what’s next?” And their curiosity led them to the traditions of winemaking and the idea that wine’s future lay in mixing the old ways with something new. The creative seed that would grow to be The Doctors’ range was planted when they decided to lower the alcohol content to up the enjoyment factor.

    Returning to family roots and generations of farming in the Marlborough region seemed a natural progression for the couple after successful careers in scientific research and medicine. The young family returned from living and working overseas amongst the burgeoning wine industries of California and South Australia to get a start on a fairly green New Zealand wine industry.

    The first vintage for Forrest Wines came in 1990, when an over-filled red wine fermenter “accident” resulted in a trophy winner Merlot Rosé.

    Fast forward almost 30 years; many awards and accolades, 5 labels and vineyards across the country. Forrest is set for generations.

    Find the Forrest Wine and Doctor's Range in store or online for nationwide delivery here.

  • Knife Sharpening with Edge Revival

    Knife sharpening dates for 2020!

    Bring your blunt kitchen knives along  and have them brought back to life by Edge Revival while you have a coffee and do your weekly shop!

    2020 Knife Sharpening Dates:
    Next Date: Monday 3rd August
    Monday 7th September
    Monday 5th October
    Monday 2nd November
    Monday 7th December

    From: 11am-12pm (this is the time Edge Revival will be in store - knives can be dropped off any time prior to 11am).

    Where: Moore Wilson's College Street Fresh Market

    Price: $10 per knife or $9 per knife for 4 or more.
    Scissor sharpening $16 each.

    Knives must be wrapped in a tea towel. Please drop knives to the Fresh Market service desk.

    Waiting times may vary depending on demand.

    Edge Revival reserves the right to decline to sharpen a knife or scissors if it is not considered practical to sharpen. In this event a full refund will be given.

  • G&T Alternatives

    So we are all in love with Gin right now – and following our passion for ‘G’ is an increased interest in ‘T’ – with a vast array of Tonics arriving on our shelves in the last year or so.

    But what if you’re after a long drink with a little less punch than a Gin & Tonic – well you’re in luck! The Spanish and Portuguese (who are both big consumers of G&Ts) have been experimenting for generations…

    White Port – yes, it’s a thing – made from white grapes, but otherwise made in the same way as other Ports, fortified part way through the fermentation, so there is always a nice amount of residual sweetness from the grapes. Add Tonic, and you have a long refreshing drink at around half the alcohol of a G&T, enjoyed in the North or Portugal for years, and increasingly in Gin bars all over the world

    How to make a thirst-quenching P&T:
    -    Fill the glass ¾ full with ice
    -    Add 50ml white port (we have Dow’s Fine White Port and Quinta de la Rosa)
    -    Add 100ml good quality tonic (Fever Tree Indian Tonic is a classic, or try Fever Tree Elderflower for a lifted style)
    -    Gently stir to ensure a good mix in the glass
    -    Add a twist of lemon, orange or grapefruit as a garnish

    Vermouth has followed the rise of Gin, with the similarities being clear – Gin is a spirit infused with Botanicals (always with Juniper at the fore) – and Vermouth is an aromatised wine – that is, wine infused with Botanicals (traditionally lead by wormwood). There are even a number of craft gin producers who have turned their hand to making vermouth – locally, Reid & Reid from Martinborough have done extremely well with their red Vermouth, and their dry white Vermouth. Dry Vermouth makes a delicious and again, lighter alternative to a G&T, with more herbaceous botanical character than an P&T.

    Here’s a Dry Vermouth and Tonic Recipe from Laura MacFehin’s recent article in the Dom Post:

    “Last summer, some hip young things were proclaiming the death of the G&T in favour of this drink. This is a ridiculous suggestion. The gin and tonic will never die because it is a superlative drink that brooks no rival when you're in the mood for it.

    However, you can tire of even great things and I urge you to give dry vermouth and tonic a go. It is lighter in alcohol and therefore easier on your head, and is one of my favourite summertime drinks.”

    Dry vermouth and tonic:
    60ml dry vermouth
    30ml tonic
    Fill a tumbler with ice, add the dry vermouth and top up with the tonic.

    Have fun, experiment with different vermouths, different tonics, and let us know how you get on!


  • Red Gurnard Dumplings with Karengo and Shiitake Mushroom

    In the Moore Wilson's Calendar this month you'll find Vicky from House of Dumplings' recipe for mouth watering handmade dumplings filled with red gurnard, karengo and shiitake mushrooms. They are delicious, easy to make and can either be steamed or fried.

    The recipe makes 30 dumplings. 

  • Beginning a Vegan Diet

    Whether you are looking to start a vegan diet, or start enjoying more plant-based food, you can be sure to find a lot of vegan and dairy substitutes at Moore Wilson's.

    Vegan Dairy Substitutes:

    Replacing dairy products in your recipes is easy. A plethora of plant-based non-dairy milks are available, such as soy, oat, almond and rice. If you need a non-dairy milk to curdle in a baking recipe, go with soy. If you need the most neutral flavour possible, such as when making a sauce, unsweetened almond milk is a good choice. And don’t overlook plant-based cheeses: there are some wonderful options out there, particularly those made from nuts.

    As dairy products usually provide a significant amount of calcium to the diet, it is a good idea to choose a non-dairy milk fortified with calcium, which is advertised on the label and included in the nutritional information panel.

    Commercial Vegan Cheeses:
    Usually made from soy protein and/or coconut oil, with the addition of colours and flavours. Available in many different varieties, such as cheddar and gouda. Uses: Use to make vegan cheese sauces, in sandwiches, and on pizza and pasta dishes.

    Nut Cheeses:
    Nut cheeses are generally soft cheeses made by blending nuts with water, and adding a non-dairy probiotic to ferment the cheese. Uses: Spread on sandwiches and bagels, stir through pasta, and add to cooked dishes such as lasagne.

    Nut Milk:
    Made by blending soaked nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts or cashews) with water and straining through muslin to remove the pulp. The flavour and nutrition varies depending on the nut used. Uses: Drinking, cooking and baking.

    Oat Milk:
    Made by blending oats and water: it has a slightly sweet and nutty flavour.
    Uses: Drinking, cooking and baking.

    Rice Milk:
    Made by blending brown rice with water: it is a thin milk with a sweet nutty flavour. Uses: Drinking and cooking.

    Soy Milk:
    Made from whole soy beans or soy protein that is blended with water, and usually sweetened with added sugar. It has a slightly sweet and beany flavour. Uses: Drinking, cooking and baking. Curdles when acid is added.


    Vegan Baking Substitutes:

    Replace Egg With:
    Chia or Flax Seeds Ground
    1 egg = 1 Tbsp flax meal plus 3 Tbsp warm water.
    Whisk together flax meal and warm water, and let it stand 15 minutes before using.

    1 egg = 1 medium, ripe mashed banana.
    Use in chewy recipes, such as cookies.

    Apple Sauce
    1 egg = 4 Tbsp apple sauce.
    Use in quick breads and cakes, for reduced fat baking.

    Replace Egg Whites With:
    Agar Flakes
    1 egg white = 1 Tbsp agar flakes plus 1 Tbsp water.
    Whisk together agar flakes and water, refrigerate for 5 minutes, and use immediately.

    Aquafaba (Chickpea Brine)
    1 egg white = 2 Tbsp Aquafaba.
    Add to baked goods, or whipped to make chocolate mousse, pavlova or meringue.

    Replace Butter With:
    Plant-based Butter
    Use same amount as butter.
    Use the same as butter. Do not attempt to brown in a
    recipe that calls for browned butter.

    Non-hydrogenated Shortening
    115g butter = 6 Tbsp  shortening plus 1 Tbsp water.
    Use sparingly. Provides structure to recipes where butter is creamed with sugar, as well as frosting recipes.

    Coconut Oil
    225g butter = 240ml coconut oil plus 1 Tbsp water.
    Coconut oil is soft-solid at room temperature and firm solid when chilled. Use solid to cream with sugar.

    Grapeseed, Olive Oil
    225g butter = 6 Tbsp oil.
    Use in cake, cookie and quick bread recipes.


    Replace Light Cream, Evaporated Milk & Double Cream With:
    Drinking coconut milk, canned coconut milk and full fat coconut milk or cream.
    The same volume.
    Shake cans well to combine before use. If substituting double cream, refrigerate coconut milk or cream overnight . Remove thick, solid ‘cream’ at the top of the can, and use as a substitute.

    Replace Honey With:
    Agave, Nectar, Maple syrup, Rice Malt Syrup.
    The same volume.
    Substitute in any recipe.

    Replace Gelatin With:
    The same volume.
    Agar needs to be heated to dissolve properly, and will set in about an hour at room temperature. Use to create firm jelly.

    Find everything you need to start a vegan diet or alternatives suited for plant-based dishes at Moore Wilson's.

    Need more inspiration?
    Check out our new range of vegan cookbooks online:

    Jackfruit & Blue Ginger






  • Tostadas De Haloumi

    It's a new year and its time to turn over to the first recipe in Moore Wilson's 2019 Calendar: Lucas Putnam from La Boca Loca's Crispy Tortillas with Grilled Haloumi or 'Tostadas De Haloumi'.


  • Supplier Profile: The Brothers Coldpress

    The Brothers Coldpress 

    Owners Roger Young and Potti Wagstaff arrived in the cold press juice business a little by accident. Their busy Fidel’s café was pumping out juices using an old school centrifugal juicer but it just wasn’t keeping up with demand. With no other options they decided to make batches of juice each morning using Roger’s Hurom press. They couldn’t believe the difference. A far superior juice that wasn’t half liquid, half fluff. Just pure organic goodness.

    They decided right then that ‘coldpress is best’ and have never looked back.

    After a road trip around the west coast of America sampling juices, the boys were convinced that Wellington was ready for the good stuff.

    And so The Brothers Coldpress was born.

    The Coldpress Method explained
    First they wash the freshest organic and locally sourced produce they can find in a mixture of filtered water and organic apple cider vinegar to remove any contaminants from its journey from the field to our fridge.  It's then chopped and pressed under 12 tonnes of hydraulic pressure to extract every last drop of juicey goodness along with all the precious nutrients that usually get lost in the process of 'juicing'.

    What’s the difference between cold pressed and other freshly squeezed juice?
    The spinning blade of a centrifugal juicer generates heat and exposes the fruit and vegetables to lots of oxygen which damages the enzymes and makes them deteriorate faster.  By pressing the produce instead, the delicate enzymes and vitamins remain intact resulting in a nutritionally superior beverage.  Fresh juice tastes great regardless – cold pressed is just better for you.

    Why does it separate?
    Because they don't use any stabilisers and fruit and vegetables contain a lot of water.  The sediment is the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and a little bit of fibre and they are naturally heavier, so sink to the bottom when the juice sits for a while. Just give it a good shake before you drink it.

    The Brothers Coldpress fresh juices are delivered daily to Moore Wilson’s Fresh Tory St.

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