Plum bounty

At this time of year, plum trees are laden with fruit in the Waikato. But, these are backyard plum trees. It’s hard to buy locally grown plums. There’s only one kind of plum (which definitely isn’t local) at my local fruit shop, and none at the supermarket. The Divine...

Laughing at vegetables

This week we got a big laugh out of the Ooooby box. Kohlrabi is one of those things that reminds you that the universe has a sense of humour. Something I’ve learned through growing my own veges (not very skilfully) is they often come out looking funny. Funny ha-ha....

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The redcurrant challenge

I went for a cup of tea with my friend Clare Jackson and came home with a kilo of beautiful, freshly picked redcurrants and a challenge. “I want to see what you do with them,” she said.  Redcurrants are ripe at Christmas here in Hamilton. They’re a Christmassy sort of...

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O is for organic

This post is about a subject that’s very close to my heart. Food quality! Good food that’s fresh, high in nutrients, and free from toxic spray residues. Sadly, these are things we can’t take for granted in our world of industrial agriculture. And the main way we have...

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A handful of raspberries

Today I picked a handful of raspberries to have with my breakfast. This gives me an amazing feeling of wellbeing. I haven’t always had raspberries in my life. I spent my childhood in Papua New Guinea, where we had wonderful tropical fruits galore:  fresh pawpaw,...

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Perfect strawberries

In my search for the perfect strawberry, I went to talk to strawberry growers Grant and Heather Kane, at their farm south of Cambridge. Kane’s strawberries have a great word-of-mouth reputation. They are reliably excellent in quality and they are often sold out at the...

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Buried treasure

Just before the first new potato harvest, I paid a visit to Richard and Judy Cato, whose superb potatoes have been a highlight of the local farmers’ markets. We walked out into one of Richard’s potato fields. They could do with some rain, he said. This has been a very...

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