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Golden grapefruit

I started today with freshly squeezed, wonderfully ripe grapefruit juice courtesy of our vintage grapefruit tree. I love the sweet-sour-bitter flavour. This year, in late February the tree still has a few fruit on it. That’s even after several batches of marmalade. It...

Water: the Blue Spring

Recently I sampled the beautiful water at the Blue Spring near Putaruru. It tasted like the mountain spring water of my childhood memories. And I learned that water is one of the major export food products of the Waikato region. The Blue Spring, and the Waihou Walkway...

Scallopini summer

Round about this time of year Clif from Clif’s Gardens sells bags of bright yellow scallopini squashes at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. I just love the colour. And the cute, crazy, flying saucer shapes. (The Waikato Foodbasket loves weird vegetables!) Apart from their...

Media splash for Soggy Bottom

Fans of Jono Walker’s superb bacon and sausages will enjoy Nadene Hall’s excellent profile of Soggy Bottom Holding in the summer 2016-2017 issue of New Zealand Lifestyle Block, “Bringing home the heritage, cured, tasty bacon”. It’s a very interesting read. Jono spills...

Too ugly to eat?

A huge celeriac turned up in the last Ooooby box. (Sadly, Ooooby have centralized their operations to Auckland.) Readers of this blog will know that the Waikato Foodbasket is fond of weird vegetables – but celeriac is just about the ugliest I’ve ever come...

Almost too pretty to eat

I bought a container of edible flowers from a stall at the farmers’ market.  They were almost too pretty to eat, but we managed. I add flowers to salads fairly often, but usually they’re not as elegant as these. The salad blossoms out of my garden tend to be borage,...

Taro time

As the weather warms up, I’ve been watching the taro plants growing in the southeast corner of the garden. Although they’re in a sheltered spot, they usually die down for the winter, and grow back in spring. I’m very fond of my taro plants. They came from my friend...

Raw milk: the road gets longer

I’m sad to report that we picked up the last delivery of raw milk today. We’ve been happily drinking Right Choice Live Milk for the last couple of years. We’ve paid for it in advance and it has been delivered once a week to our local Gouda Cheese Shop. However, this...

Perfect beets

  For the last few weeks there’s been plenty of beetroot at Hamilton Farmers Market. So it must be in season.  A couple of the things I especially like about beetroot: that amazing colour. And, I can get two or three different vegetable dishes out of one bundle of...

Real food in real time

One of the interesting food events in Hamilton this weekend is the local Weston A Price group’s monthly Saturday afternoon meeting. This month’s theme is “Real Food on a Budget”. Group organiser Marea Smith says, “If you have decided to limit junk and processed food...