You won’t find this in the second drawer

Name a consumable that is easy to make and just as easy to …..

Tea Towel hides nothing

Eat? In our house it is the ever so humble pikelet! Many people of the       ‘fill in the gap’     generation – I’m really sorry but I can’t remember what decade I was born in sometimes, let alone having to remember all of these X, Y, B1 or B2 generations. Oh no, sorry, …

Plant of the day: Hen and Chicken fern

Hen and Chicken Fern

I have always loved this plant. It is one of the first indoor plants that I grew when I was in my early 20’s and it was then that I first found that I actually had green thumbs – and fingers! This Hen and Chicken fern along with the wispy, romantic maiden hair fern have …

Simple juicing steps to better health

Healthy Living

Apples, carrots, celery and ginger. These four ingredients are the base of any juices I make in my Breville juicer. This is not a scientific study; nor is it taken from any health journals. This is my experience with juicing. I was lucky enough to be bought a juice machine a couple of years ago …

Poached eggs personified! People pleasers.

Poached eggs nestled on lettuce varieties, avocado, pine nuts

Those perfect poached eggs that are placed in front of you when you have just finished your first cup of coffee at your favourite cafe. How do they do it? I have had a few tips from my son (a chef) and although I have in no way perfected the ‘cafe’ egg; I am happy …

Take one: Kiwifruit

Growing on the vine in NZ

Suggestions on ripening kiwifruit! Take your kiwifruit (or chinese gooseberry as many NZers still call it!) * It changed from the chinese gooseberry to kiwifruit around 1959. * The first chinese gooseberry was brought into New Zealand in 1906 – yes you guessed it – from China! Take one kiwifruit and an apple or a …

Fishing for a compliment! Here’s how. Take a look at the best way to look after your fish!

Fish fillets in salt ice slurry

Looking after your fish fillets Once upon a time, back in the bad old days, we used to put the fish we caught into sacks. Wet ones but still sacks. Then we moved up market to keeping them in a plastic rubbish bin. After filleting, the fish we stored was put into plastic bags, probably …

Elephant in the drawer …. Climate change is …

Use your imagination - there's an elephant in there!

Here’s a way to understand New Zealand’s approach on Climate Change. Imagine 1 kilometre of atmosphere that we want to rid of human carbon pollution. We’ll have a walk along it. The first 770 metres are Nitrogen. The next 210 metres are Oxygen. (980 metres of the 1 kilometre) The next 10 metres are water …

Take five: Important ingredients.

ginger and garlic!

cinnamon. . oregano.. cumin .. turmeric .. and ginger Five best herbs and spices for you. Ginger:  As it has anti-inflammatory properties, it means ginger may also help provide relief from hot flashes. It has been long used to treat nausea and motion sickness. I grate ginger on almost all of our dinner dishes pre-cooking. It’s …