The casimiroa quest

As regular readers will know, I love strange and unusual fruit. This week I’m in love with casimiroas. Casimiroa edulis is also called the white sapote. It’s a sub-tropical tree, native to Mexico and Central America.
The fruit is oval and green, about the size and shape of an avocado. It doesn’t look anything special – but the flavour is amazing.

Kawhia Kai Festival

Kawhia Kai Festival

The Kawhia Kai Festival is an annual food event celebrating Maori food and culture. It takes place at the remote, normally quiet settlement of Kawhia on Waitangi weekend, and this year I went for the first time. It's one of the Waikato’s most famous food festivals....

read more
Ducks in a row

Ducks in a row

On a sizzling hot summer’s day, good icecream is a great idea. And the place to go for locally made frozen treats is right here in my neighbourhood: Duck Island, on the corner of Grey St and Cook St in Hamilton East. Duck Island's quirky, playful icecreams are fast...

read more
More than an apple a day

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...

read more
Out of the box

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...

read more
Laughing at vegetables

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....

read more
The redcurrant challenge

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...

read more