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Happy Christmas to all who celebrate

Happy Christmas to all who celebrate

…and spicy, sweet wishes for the New Year. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drinks and Snacks, New Zealand

Feijoa Chutney

Feijoa Chutney

The first time I saw a feijoa I thought it must be some kind of guava because it looked like a small farang (ฝรั่ง), a Thai guava. Incidentally, farang is also what Thais call foreigners. What do us non-Thais and a tropical fruit have in common? Well, not much except that the fruit version was reportedly brought to Thailand by the Portuguese and so was therefore labelled as farang, meaning foreign thing. There is more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Condiments, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Smoothies are meant to be healthy, but there is nothing to say that they can’t be chocolate is there? I don’t think there is a rule book anywhere. Whatever. I’ll chance it. Not only is this smoothie chocolate AND good for you, it has also been made with Fair Trade ingredients. You may not be aware, but it is Fair Trade Fortnight which I think is a great time for us to take stock of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pumpkin Soup: A Kiwi Favourite

Pumpkin Soup: A Kiwi Favourite

We have a lot of gorgeous pumpkins in New Zealand. And they are really cheap and nutritious so they verge on being one of the Kings of Vegetables, but I didn’t always know this. The first time I had pumpkin soup I was not convinced I would like it. I thought it would be sweet because I tend to think of things like pumpkin and kumara (sweet potatoes) as sweet vegetables and, when I’m hungry, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Narrative Recipes, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

An Ode to New Zealand Food for Blog4NZ

An Ode to New Zealand Food for Blog4NZ

One of the best things about New Zealand is that we have an abundance of good, fresh, local produce at our fingertips. We don’t tend to approve of GM/ GE  Frankenfoods and lots of us grow or buy organic when we can afford it. In fact, if we had our way, I’m quite sure that most of us would have our “1/4 acre dream” and be eating from our own land. Look at this spread, … Read entire article »

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Spiced Cherry Jam with Otago Cherries

Spiced Cherry Jam with Otago Cherries

“I’m pulling over.” “What, again?! We’ve already eaten two kilo’s worth.” “This never happens and I intend to take full advantage.” It’s a bumper crop this year for New Zealand cherries the majority of which are grown in Otago. And the majority of those were pretty much scoffed by my husband and I on our trip through Southland. We’re lucky we got our deposit back on the hire car since there were probably a few extra cherry stains … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

Carrot Cake Sandwich

Carrot Cake Sandwich

Newsflash: YOU can have CAKE for LUNCH!!! Is it just a New Zealand thing or do all cafes around the world have carrot cake? We have lots of amazing cake in our cafes here, but you can always rely on the ol’ standby if you’re not in the mood for anything exotic. I love it. Plus you can try to pretend you are choosing something healthy since there are actually vegetables in there (awkward smile). On one … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, New Zealand, Vegetarian

Buckwheat porridge with cinnamon, walnuts and cranberries

Buckwheat porridge with cinnamon, walnuts and cranberries

Considering the state of the weather outside, you may be hankering for something warming, and nutritious for breakfast. You’d think from the way I talk that I am something of a porridge addict. On the contrary, but when the weather looks like this, it is to porridge I must go! But wait. You know I need to offer up one of my mega digressions before I carry on, so here it is. I once found … Read entire article »

Filed under: New Zealand, Vegetarian

Holidays are for eating smoked snapper

Holidays are for eating smoked snapper

Please excuse the long absence. Yes, I am still here! I’ve been on a short teaching contract that has taken all my energy (although I do enjoy it) and have not been doing much apart from collapsing on the sofa when I get home. But, never fear! I’m still inspired and have been waiting for the opportunity to get back to the keyboard to tell you about some amazing things I’ve been eating. During Auckland Day … Read entire article »

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The scents and tastes of the season

The scents and tastes of the season

My house is filled with the scent of dried fruit soaking in brandy. What could be better or more holiday like? That’s not to mention the fact that the house is also covered in a layer of icing sugar. A white Christmas in New Zealand. That’s a novel idea! So, as I’m tying the last red bow on the homemade stollen that is the gift of choice this year, I’d just like to say Happy Christmas … Read entire article »

Filed under: German, New Zealand, Vegetarian