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Waikato
Food Basket

This is a blog about celebrating and showcasing the delicious abundance of the Waikato region.

eat your greens - herbs

Eat your Greens

I’ve always loved green salads.  My definition of an abundant life includes a garden with an apple tree, a lemon tree – and salad greens and herbs. My absolute essential greens are flat-leaf parsley, curly endive and land cress. 

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.

Magic milk cultures

Magic milk cultures

My two favourite milk cultures are kefir and Caspian Sea Yoghurt. I’m a big fan of traditionally fermented foods. I love the zing, the flavours and aromas that they add to my everyday meals. And I also love the DIY aspect. I can make kombucha, apple cider vinegar,...

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Fruits of autumn

Fruits of autumn

Late autumn is the time to make my favourite fruit salad, with crisp juicy nashi from Grant and Heather Kane at the farmers’ market. (This is what strawberry growers do when the berries are finished!)  Nashi is a brief seasonal crop – there’s only a couple more weeks...

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Golden grapefruit

Golden grapefruit

I started today with freshly squeezed, wonderfully ripe grapefruit juice courtesy of our vintage grapefruit tree. I love the sweet-sour-bitter flavour. This year, in late February the tree still has a few fruit on it. That’s even after several batches of marmalade. It...

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Water: the Blue Spring

Water: the Blue Spring

Recently I sampled the beautiful water at the Blue Spring near Putaruru. It tasted like the mountain spring water of my childhood memories. And I learned that water is one of the major export food products of the Waikato region. The Blue Spring, and the Waihou Walkway...

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