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.

Easter eggplants

There were eggplants galore at Hamilton Farmers’ Market this morning. David from Suncakes Gardens was selling excellent spray-free aubergines grown in Whatawhata, and there were eggplants on a couple of other stalls as well. Eggplant is the name most often used for...

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Champion hot cross buns

This morning my favourite local baker, Meg Daly of Celtic Kitchen, was selling superb hot cross buns at the Hamilton Farmers' Market. The spicy raisin buns were topped off with a glaze of cider and whisky. I managed to get a photo shortly before the last one vanished...

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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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