Kumara harvest at Grandview Community Garden

Despite the autumn drought, this has been a good year for growing kumara or sweet potato in Hamilton. Several gardeners I know have had excellent kumara crops. April and May are the months when kumara is harvested.    Above: Fungai Mhlanga harvesting kumara at...

Change of season chicken bone broth

This is great comfort food for when the weather starts getting colder and you feel a bit out of sorts.  My mother was a modern, 20th century cook, and brought us up on canned and packet soups and instant chicken stock. Powdered stock has its place – I usually have a...

Gouda Cheese Shop

The Gouda Cheese Shop is the best place I’ve found to buy cheese in Hamilton. It’s like Aladdin’s cave – crammed with delicious food from around the world. And I was delighted to find that a large part of their cheese range is made locally.   Addy Nieremeijer, the...

Southern Belle – superb sweet peppers

Southern Belle’s sweet bell peppers speak for themselves. You can buy them on Sundays at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. I’ve been a fan for years, so I was keen to find out how they manage to grow these delicious capsicums so far out of season.   They are sweet and...

Aroha organic goat cheese

A small farm near Mt Te Aroha is home to one of New Zealand’s top cheese makers.  At the national cheese championships in March, Jeanne van Kuyk of Aroha Organic Goat Cheese took out the Milk Test NZ Champion Cheesemaker Award. Her Aroha Raw Milk Rich Plain cheese...

Three top chestnut recipes

I love chestnuts – they’re one of my favourite things about autumn. They’re in season right now, for a few weeks only. I bought a 1kg bag for $5 from the Hamilton Farmers’ Market on Sunday. Chestnuts grow easily in the Waikato, but the trees are huge – too big for...

WELCOME TO THE WAIKATO FOODBASKET

My name is Alice and I have a passion for food – in particular local food, organic food and slow food. Seven years ago I came to live in Hamilton, a city that runs alongside the beautiful Waikato River. Straight away it was obvious that there was delicious local food...