5 Ways To Cook Eggplant

Eggplant is a delicious and versatile vegetable with a rich, creamy center, great for use in a variety of cuisines and cooking methods. Due to its rich purple colour, it is also high in fibre, B Vitamins and phytonutrients, which help to remove free radicals from the body.

Below we share the most delicious ways to prepare eggplant, providing recipe suggestions for each of these methods.

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5 Delicious Popcorn Recipes for your Netflix Marathon

With the memories of Summer fading, the nights getting shorter and the weather getting cooler; we head indoors.

What better way to spend cooler nights than watching Netflix – and what makes this even more enjoyable? Popcorn.

Salted Popcorn – Base recipe

  • – 1/4 cup oil
  • – 2/3 cup popcorn kernels

Make approx 20 cups popcorn

Add the oil and 3 kernels to a large pot with a glass lid. When the kernels have popped the pot’s temperature is up to heat. Add the rest of the kernels and take the pot off the heat. Wait 30 seconds. Put the pot back on the heat and shake occasionally until popping slows. After 2 mins take the lid off to let out any steam and keep the popcorn crisp. Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat.

Cheat: Use a popcorn maker. Simply add kernels to the popcorn maker and let it pop – it’s super quick and easy. Plus there’s no need to use butter or oil at all if you wanted a healthier alternative.

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The Top 10 Things to Keep In Your Fridge

Hungry and looking to whip up a dish at a minutes notice? Make sure to have these 10 staples in your fridge, which will facilitate taking your dishes from zero to hero!


1. Butter

Butter is a delicious staple to many dishes in baking such as pie crusts and used to lend a fluffy texture to sweet treats. It is also delicious in sauces, and can be used to add depth of flavour when used to sauté and fry that oil doesn’t offer. Keep a block in your fridge or freezer as it keeps for 6-9 months.


2. Leafy greens

We’re talking spinach, arugula, rocket or even lettuce. Nutrient dense and affordable salad greens can be used in salads, sautéed in the case of spinach or even blended in smoothies, just keep them in the crisper of your fridge and make sure to eat them within 5 days.


3. Milk

Perfect for tea or coffee, milk is nutrient dense and its creamy texture is perfect for use in cooking. These include adding to mashed potatoes for a creamy texture, to the base of a roux or even in stew.


4. Yoghurt

Yoghurt is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used for a variety of dishes both sweet and savoury. For sweet dishes it can be used to add density and moistness to cakes and slices and in savoury dishes to replace sour cream (it lasts longer!) and as the base of sauces, drizzles or dips.

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5. Eggs

Eggs! Eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals and are tasty and inexpensive to buy and simple to cook. Eaten whole (poached, boiled, scrambled) they are also used to bind ingredients, think cake batter or a meatloaf. They also emulsify mayonnaise and salad dressing and are the key ingredient in sauces like Hollandaise.


6. Lemon/Limes

Apart from adding wedges or slices to drinks such as gin & tonic or sparkling water, lemons or limes are a great addition to sauces to add acidity and balance or as a key component in sweet dishes such as lemon slices or pies. Plus, they last a long time in the fridge, and generally older lemons or limes are sweeter


7. Cheese

A good quality cheese is another great addition to any fridge, as well as being great for snacking, cheese forms the basis of many sauces, such as roux, and also as a cheesy topping on dishes such as lasagna, pasta or pizza. We recommend stocking your fridge with parmesan as it lasts longest in the fridge!


8. Stock

Stock is a long lasting (when sealed) flavour-packed addition to your fridge; think of it as a tastier substitute to water in your savoury dishes. Use it for broiling  vegetables, added to pasta sauce bases and in soup for a flavour punch!


9. Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is a delicious salty addition to all variety of Asian dishes including stir fries, noodles and sauces. For the health conscious there is also low sodium varieties if you are trying to watch your salt intake. We recommend Kikkoman’s soy used at all popular restaurants.

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10. A sweet treat

Ok, I snuck that one in there, but what fridge is complete without a sweet treat – take your pick and indulge after you’ve just whipped up a tasty meal using some of the above!

3 Christmas Desserts That Will Wow Your Guests

It’s nearly that time of year where we gather with friends and family to celebrate Christmas, and the end of the year. Yet what gathering would be complete without a family feast, and delicious desserts to end the night.

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How to cook perfect poached eggs

Eggs are amazing. Inexpensive, tasty and full of protein, eggs are rich is selenium, vitamin D, and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Plus, the options to prepare them are endless: fried, scrambled or our favourite, poached. Below we explore 5 ways to poach the perfect egg, to rival even your local brunch spot!

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Foods that are ‘gold’ for your body

We’re inspired by all things gold this April with our Golden Box, where one lucky WOOPer will win a foodie experience each week.

On the theme of gold, and of course, food, we present 5 of the healthiest foods that are ‘gold’ for your body!

1. Apples

Not only are apples delicious and abundant, but they’re also good for you! They are an excellent source of antioxidants which clear the body of free radicals and may even help you live longer. Recent studies also suggest that an apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, but it helps to reduce cholesterol!


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Street Food Series: Puha & Pakeha

We’ve rounded up the 3 best street food chefs in Auckland for our Street Food Series!

After collaborations with Judge Bao and Coreano we’re sending WOOP Foodies Puha & Pakeha horopito piri piri chicken salad. Keep reading to find out more about their inspired Maori kai.

Sound delicious? Order here for delivery on the 26th of March.

Street Food Series: Coreano

We’ve rounded up the 3 best street food chefs in Auckland for our Street Food Series!

After the success of our first collaboration with Judge Bao we’re sending WOOP Foodies Coreano sesame soy beef tacos with tomato and coriander salsa. This recipe was created by guest chef Steven Ko of Coreano, who serves Korean flavours in a Mexican style.

Sound delicious? Order here for delivery on the 12th of March.

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One-pot meal ideas for busy households

With the kids back to school and most of us back at work, we’ve collated the best one-pot meal ideas for busy households and everyone looking for easy dinners ideas!


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Back-to-school Lunchbox Ideas

With the kids back at school it’s time to start planning some delicious lunches that keep them happy and healthy!

Without further ado here are some tips & tricks to get you inspired for the new school year.


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