Tomatillo time

Readers of this blog will know that the Waikato Foodbasket is very keen on strange vegetables. So I was happy to find Harvey Till of Vegetills selling tomatillos on Sunday at the farmers’ market. Tomatillos are very popular in Mexican cuisine, but they’re not common...

Organics – a line in the soil?

This is a post about organics and the local food economy. It’s a timely topic because the Organic Products Bill is currently going through Parliament. Submissions are open until 28 May. New Zealand has had organic certification since the early 1980s, but this is the...

Avocados all around

It’s a great time of year for avocados. Some of my friends are feasting on boxes of avocados from the Bay of Plenty. Others have trees laden with big green fruit. Avocados thrive in many parts of the Waikato, even though our climate is generally too cold for...

My life with green salad

This is the story behind my new book, Meet your greens: Enliven your salads with herbal energetics. It’s about how to make amazing salads, but it’s also about a lot more than that. Meet Your Greens comes out of my lifelong interest in the different flavours of salad...

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...