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Media splash for Soggy Bottom

saddleback pig

Fans of Jono Walker’s superb bacon and sausages will enjoy Nadene Hall’s excellent profile of Soggy Bottom Holding in the summer 2016-2017 issue of New Zealand Lifestyle Block, “Bringing home the heritage, cured, tasty bacon”. It’s a very interesting read.

Jono spills the beans on how this English forester ended up on a small, hilly farm near Ngaruawahia, producing the best free-range bacon in New Zealand and selling it at the Hamilton and Cambridge farmers’ markets.

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Too ugly to eat?


A huge celeriac turned up in the last Ooooby box. (Sadly, Ooooby have centralized their operations to Auckland.)

Readers of this blog will know that the Waikato Foodbasket is fond of weird vegetables - but celeriac is just about the ugliest I’ve ever come across. In a world where people don’t want to buy slightly blemished apples, I can see why we can’t find celeriac in supermarkets! Maybe in France.

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Almost too pretty to eat

edible flowers

I bought a container of edible flowers from a stall at the farmers’ market.  They were almost too pretty to eat, but we managed.

I add flowers to salads fairly often, but usually they’re not as elegant as these. The salad blossoms out of my garden tend to be borage, nasturtium and calendula, plus edible weeds – violets, daisies, dandelions, Herb Robert, etc.

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Taro time

taro leaves

As the weather warms up, I’ve been watching the taro plants growing in the southeast corner of the garden. Although they’re in a sheltered spot, they usually die down for the winter, and grow back in spring.

I’m very fond of my taro plants. They came from my friend Jane when she was dismantling her Hamilton garden and moving to the East Cape.

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This is a blog about showcasing the delicious abundance of the Waikato region. Such wonderful food deserves celebration and appreciation.



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