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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

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

Heilala New Zealand Vanilla

Heilala New Zealand Vanilla

There’s an interesting story behind Heilala vanilla. John Ross, his daughter Jennifer and her husband Garth Boggiss went to the Kingdom of Tonga to start a vanilla growing aid project way back in 2003. This eventually became Reunion Foods and they are exporting their vanilla all over the world. Wanting to set up a research and development facility for when they were not able to be in Tonga, the three began growing vanilla in a bathroom … Read entire article »

Filed under: New Zealand