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Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme


We’re lucky in the Waikato - all kinds of herbs grow year-round in this region.

This is a post about some of my favourite fresh herbs and what I do with them. It was inspired by a recent meeting of Hamilton Organic Gardeners. We met in Wendy's home garden, where she grows an interesting variety of herbs as well as veges and fruit.

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The art of bitter greens

Curly endive

Curly endive is the one salad green that grows in my garden all year round. It's my essential salad green. Right now the plants are going to seed. They have shot up into tall spikes with small purple flowers.

But there are still frilly green leaves for the taking, further down the stalks. Chicory is also still growing, with big, smooth, bitter tasting leaves.

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Kawhia Kai Festival

Kawhia Harbour

The Kawhia Kai Festival is an annual food event celebrating Maori food and culture. It takes place at the remote, normally quiet settlement of Kawhia on Waitangi weekend, and this year I went for the first time.

It's one of the Waikato’s most famous food festivals. It's low-key and mainly aimed at locals, but it also gets a big thumbs up from Lonely Planet.

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Ducks in a row

duck island icecream

On a sizzling hot summer’s day, good icecream is a great idea. And the place to go for locally made frozen treats is right here in my neighbourhood: Duck Island, on the corner of Grey St and Cook St in Hamilton East.

Duck Island's quirky, playful icecreams are fast gaining a cult following. My current favourite is the wonderfully tangy peppermint slice.

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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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