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Easter eggplants

There were eggplants galore at Hamilton Farmers’ Market this morning. David from Suncakes Gardens was selling excellent spray-free aubergines grown in Whatawhata, and there were eggplants on a couple of other stalls as well.

Eggplant is the name most often used for this beautiful purple vegetable/ fruit in New Zealand, Australia and North America.

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Champion hot cross buns

Celtic Kitchen hot cross buns

This morning my favourite local baker, Meg Daly of Celtic Kitchen, was selling superb hot cross buns at the Hamilton Farmers' Market.

The spicy raisin buns were topped off with a glaze of cider and whisky.

I managed to get a photo shortly before the last one vanished under a layer of melted butter. We won’t see these again until next Easter. 

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Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

parsley

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