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,...

Cabbages: the raw and the cooked

I’ve been appreciating cabbages recently – raw, cooked and sauerkraut. Richard Cato has been selling superb savoy cabbages at Hamilton Farmers’ market. And also at the market, there’s Marea Smith’s delicious GoodBugs sauerkraut. Savoys are among the prettier members...

Parsley and her cousins

I have a favourite plant family. Apiaceae or Umbelliferae – both names are commonly used. It’s also known as the parsley, celery and carrot family. So many plants I love to grow and eat belong to this family. Parsley is my favourite green herb, as readers of this blog...

Free fruit – foraging ethics

I’ve just come home with a bag of superbly ripe mandarins. And they were free. My friends Melissa and David have a huge mandarin tree, which produces far more than their family can eat. It’s having a bumper year. I love foraging. Otherwise known as getting food for...

Black garlic magic

One of my favourite treats is black garlic. The grey, slightly soft black garlic heads don’t look appetizing on the outside. But inside, the bulbs are dark and soft and miraculously sweet. All I can say is, try it for yourself. Cato’s Potatoes sell black garlic at the...

The mighty quince

This post is about quinces. There’s a garden in my neighbourhood with a quince tree on the front lawn. At this time of year it’s festooned with fat yellow quinces. And the grass around the base of the tree is covered with windfall quinces. Quinces look like big blobby...