The mighty quince

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 golden quinces.

More than an apple a day

This is a great time for backyard apples. I’ve just started my first brew of home made cider vinegar from windfall apples. Both my apple trees are doing well, and other people’s are doing even better. If I had to pick a favourite fruit, it would be apples. They are...

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Out of the box

The vege and fruit box arrived this morning. The fridge is stuffed to overflowing, especially the vegetable drawer. But it won’t be for long. This post is about what happened to all that food. I love getting a box of produce delivered. It narrows down the choices with...

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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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