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More than an apple a day


This is a great time for backyard apples. I’ve just started my first brew of home made cider vinegar from windfall apples. Both my apple trees are doing well, and other people’s are doing even better.

If I had to pick a favourite fruit, it would be apples. They are one of the things I missed most, in my Papua New Guinea childhood. Apples just don’t grow in the tropics. 

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Out of the box

tomatoes and broad beans

The vege and fruit box arrived this morning. The fridge is stuffed to overflowing, especially the vegetable drawer. But it won’t be for long. This post is about what happened to all that food.

I love getting a box of produce delivered. It narrows down the choices with weekly food planning, and it adds an element of surprise and challenge. And, I don’t have to go shopping (or persuade someone else to).

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Laughing at vegetables


This week we got a big laugh out of the Ooooby box. Kohlrabi is one of those things that reminds you that the universe has a sense of humour.

Something I’ve learned through growing my own veges (not very skilfully) is they often come out looking funny. Funny ha-ha. When you buy veges from the supermarket, you get used to them being perfect. Not just unblemished, but uniform in size and shape; smooth and straight.

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The redcurrant challenge


I went for a cup of tea with my friend Clare Jackson and came home with a kilo of beautiful, freshly picked redcurrants and a challenge. “I want to see what you do with them,” she said. 

Redcurrants are ripe at Christmas here in Hamilton. They’re a Christmassy sort of colour and shape. I’ve never found them in a New Zealand supermarket, or even in fruit shops. Maybe in farmers’ markets in Europe.

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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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