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Duck egg omelettes

The top favourite breakfast in my household is duck eggs.

We’re lucky to get them from Ian, who has a property down Matangi Road, not far from where we live. Ian has a small flock of Buff Orpington ducks - free-range, of course.  When he has spare eggs to sell, he emails me. 

Duck eggs are so much more substantial than chicken eggs.

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A new home for the market

hamilton farmers market

The Hamilton Farmers’ Market has recently moved to its new permanent home in Claudelands Park. The stallholders say they’re happy to be in a covered building. There are stalls outside as well, but it will definitely give the market more options in bad weather. 

Market chairman Jono Walker has had his eye on this site for several years, and he’s really pleased to have finally secured it for the market.

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Mizuna, mizuna

mizuna

We bought some beautiful feathery red and green mizuna from David of Suncakes Gardens at the Farmers’ Market. When I seized it with enthusiasm, David asked me how I was planning to use it.  Mizuna is a mild-tasting member of the mustard/cabbage family. It thrives in a Waikato winter.

Even I can grow it, but we never have enough in the garden.  

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Time for tea

giant Zealong  teapots

I’m very fond of tea in all its forms. (No tea bags in our house!) And I’d often driven past the Zealong tea plantation on the road to Gordonton, but never been there. So when my tea-loving friend Melissa proposed a visit, I was more than happy to agree.

On a wet winter day we walked up the quiet road to the teahouse. There was no glitzy entranceway. It felt like we were visiting someone’s country home.

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My name is Alice and I love local food. For more, see the "About" page.