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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. 

Low-hanging loquats

The loquat tree on our driveway has been laden with fruit this year.

I’ve been loving the golden egg-shaped fruit. Loquats have a sour-sweet, aromatic and slightly astringent flavour that I especially enjoy.

Loquats are distantly related to quinces and apples. They’re easy to grow in the Waikato.

Low-hanging loquats

Low-hanging loquats

The loquat tree on our driveway has been laden with fruit this year. I’ve been loving the golden egg-shaped fruit. Loquats have a sour-sweet, aromatic and slightly astringent flavour that I especially enjoy. Loquats are distantly related to quinces and apples. They're...

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How to buy local food

How to buy local food

This is a post about where to buy local food in the Waikato during the national Covid Level 4 lockdown. The farmers’ markets have been closed.
I’m keen to ensure people who want to support the local food economy can do this. So the producers can sell their produce. And so we can eat fresh local food.

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Comfort food for stormy seas

Comfort food for stormy seas

When times are stressful, that’s exactly when we need to be eating well. Everyone will have different ideas of what comfort food means.
Whatever this is, I hope you’re able to eat some of the food that brings you home to yourself and helps you feel grounded.
Here are my five of my top comfort foods.

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Appreciating eggplant

Appreciating eggplant

I think eggplants are the most elegant of all vegetables.
These beautiful shiny purple vegetables/fruit, which are also often called aubergines, star in some of my favourite recipes.

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