How to buy local food

This is a post about where to buy local food in the Waikato during the national Covid Level 4 lockdown. The farmers’ markets have been closed because they are not considered essential to the food chain. I’ve written this post because I’m keen to ensure people who want...

Comfort food for stormy seas

When times are stressful, that’s exactly when we need to be eating well. Everyone will have different ideas of what comfort food means. Whatever this is, I hope you’re able to eat some of the food that brings you home to yourself and helps you feel grounded. Here are...

Appreciating eggplant

I think eggplants are the most elegant of all vegetables. These beautiful shiny purple vegetables/fruit, which are also often called aubergines, star in some of my favourite recipes. Eggplants are abundant in local farmer’s markets at the end of a long hot Waikato...

Plum gummies

I’ve been making superb plum jellies and gummies with my seasonal abundance of backyard plums. There are plums galore at the farmers’ markets at this time of year. On Sunday I saw several different varieties: Black Doris, Fortune, Luisa and more. There are five plum...

Magic milk cultures

My two favourite milk cultures are kefir and Caspian Sea Yoghurt. I’m a big fan of traditionally fermented foods. I love the zing, the flavours and aromas that they add to my everyday meals. And I also love the DIY aspect. I can make kombucha, apple cider vinegar,...