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.

Appreciating eggplant

Appreciating eggplant

I think eggplants are the most elegant of all vegetables.
These beautiful shiny purple vegetables/fruit, which are also often called aubergines, star in some of my favourite recipes.

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Plum gummies

Plum gummies

I’ve been making superb plum jellies and gummies with my seasonal abundance of backyard plums.
There are plums galore at the farmers’ markets at this time of year.

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Magic milk cultures

Magic milk cultures

My two favourite milk cultures are kefir and Caspian Sea yoghurt. I’ve been making both regularly for about ten years. They are easy to make and almost foolproof.

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Cabbages: the raw and the cooked

Cabbages: the raw and the cooked

I’ve been appreciating cabbages recently – raw, cooked and sauerkraut. Richard Cato has been selling superb savoy cabbages at the local farmers’ markets. And also at the market, there’s Marea Smith’s delicious GoodBugs sauerkraut.

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Parsley and her cousins

Parsley and her cousins

I have a favourite plant family. Apiaceae or Umbelliferae – both names are commonly used.
So many plants I love to grow and eat belong to this family.

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Free fruit – foraging ethics

Free fruit – foraging ethics

I’ve just come home with a bag of superbly ripe mandarins. And they were free! Foraging isn’t a normal thing in New Zealand. We think of food as something we buy, if we haven’t grown it ourselves.

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