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...

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

We’re lucky in the Waikato - all kinds of herbs grow year-round in this region. This is a post about some of my favourite fresh herbs and what I do with them. It was inspired by a recent meeting of Hamilton Organic Gardeners. We met in Wendy's home garden, where she...

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The art of bitter greens

Curly endive is the one salad green that grows in my garden all year round. It's my essential salad green. Right now the plants are going to seed. They have shot up into tall spikes with small purple flowers. But there are still frilly green leaves for the taking,...

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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....

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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...

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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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