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.

Loquat season

Loquat season

Our loquat tree has had a wonderful long season this year. There are still plenty of golden fruit on the tree in mid December. The birds get quite a few, but there are enough for me. This morning I had freshly picked loquats with yoghurt for breakfast. I love the...

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Amazing asparagus

Amazing asparagus

Tonight I'm cooking some beautiful spray-free Les Asperges asparagus from the Hamilton Farmers' Market. It must be getting towards the end of the asparagus season. Sometimes mid-week I get tempted to buy asparagus from the supermarket, but we can always tell the...

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The Farm Shop at Gordonton

The Farm Shop at Gordonton

If you live at the north end of Hamilton, The Farm Shop is a great place to buy local food. It’s in Gordonton Village, just along from the Firepot Cafe. The Farm Shop at Gordonton has a great range of Waikato food  They have a remarkable range of fresh produce at...

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Silverbeet and oyster mushrooms

Silverbeet and oyster mushrooms

It was a blustery kind of Sunday, coming up to the spring equinox. We rolled up to the farmers’ market at 11am, dodging the rain. Lennart Prinz had bags of his fabulous oyster mushrooms and huge paper bags of silverbeet.   Oyster mushrooms and spring silverbeet We...

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Pure gold: New Zealand grapefruit

Pure gold: New Zealand grapefruit

At this time of the year, we have a glorious grapefruit bonanza (or glut). This is exciting, because we ran out of marmalade at Easter, despite making huge quantities last year. My husband Matthew spent his holiday boiling up marmalade (don’t worry, he enjoys it).   A...

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CAFE AT MONAVALE: Blueberry tarts forever

CAFE AT MONAVALE: Blueberry tarts forever

On a beautiful day, just ahead of spring, a friend and I went to check out Café Irresistiblue at Monavale Blueberries. We sat in the sun on the verandah, enjoying the stunning views across the blueberry orchards to the mountains Kakepuku and Pirongia. We drank...

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