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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. 

The fruits of winter

Last weekend my friend Jane texted: “Let’s go and pick persimmons!” So on a sunny Saturday afternoon we drove out to the persimmon orchard at Matangi and collected some huge bags of gorgeous orange fruit. It was by far the easiest and most rewarding "pick your own"...

The fruits of winter

The fruits of winter

Last weekend my friend Jane texted: “Let’s go and pick persimmons!” So on a sunny Saturday afternoon we drove out to the persimmon orchard at Matangi and collected some huge bags of gorgeous orange fruit. It was by far the easiest and most rewarding "pick your own"...

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Southern Belle – superb sweet peppers

Southern Belle – superb sweet peppers

Southern Belle’s sweet bell peppers speak for themselves. You can buy them on Sundays at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. I’ve been a fan for years, so I was keen to find out how they manage to grow these delicious capsicums so far out of season.   They are sweet and...

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Aroha organic goat cheese

Aroha organic goat cheese

A small farm near Mt Te Aroha is home to one of New Zealand’s top cheese makers.  At the national cheese championships in March, Jeanne van Kuyk of Aroha Organic Goat Cheese took out the Milk Test NZ Champion Cheesemaker Award. Her Aroha Raw Milk Rich Plain cheese...

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Three top chestnut recipes

Three top chestnut recipes

I love chestnuts – they’re one of my favourite things about autumn. They’re in season right now, for a few weeks only. I bought a 1kg bag for $5 from the Hamilton Farmers’ Market on Sunday. Chestnuts grow easily in the Waikato, but the trees are huge – too big for...

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