Elder generation

This winter I’ve been dreaming of elderflower champagne. It’s fun, and fizzy, and it reminds me of summer. Elderflower champagne is sometimes described as “bottled sunlight”. It’s sort of flowery, and sort of aromatic, and something else again. It’s one of my...

Easy beets

We have a plethora of beetroot in our kitchen. Our regular vege box delivery includes beets every single week. They are most excellent beets: freshly picked, with huge fresh leaves still attached. The other cooks in my household don’t tend to use beets, but they eat...

The casimiroa quest

As regular readers will know, the Waikato Foodbasket loves strange and unusual fruit. This week I’m in love with casimiroas. I first encountered this fruit a few years ago. Some friends had a huge tree that was absolutely laden with casimiroas. We were lucky to get...

Tomatillo time

Readers of this blog will know that the Waikato Foodbasket is very keen on strange vegetables. So I was happy to find Harvey Till of Vegetills selling tomatillos on Sunday at the farmers’ market. Tomatillos are very popular in Mexican cuisine, but they’re not common...

Organics – a line in the soil?

This is a post about organics and the local food economy. It’s a timely topic because the Organic Products Bill is currently going through Parliament. Submissions are open until 28 May. New Zealand has had organic certification since the early 1980s, but this is the...