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The fruits of winter

persimmons

Last weekend my friend Jane texted: “Let’s go and pick persimmons!” So on a sunny Saturday afternoon we drove out to the persimmon orchard at Matangi and collected some huge bags of gorgeous orange fruit.

It was by far the easiest and most rewarding "pick your own" experience I’ve had.

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A lot of shallots

shallots

Shallots look like small, misshapen onions, or huge, bronze coloured garlic cloves. The Cato’s Potatoes stall at the farmers’ market sells them at this time of the year.

These interesting members of the onion family can be easily turned into wonderful cold-weather comfort food.

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Madhur's potatoes

Pink potato

Last weekend my husband Matthew made his favourite spicy Indian potato dish to take to a potluck dinner for the World Voices singing group. It was very popular and people requested the recipe.
The potatoes are cooked with whole spices and coconut oil, which gives a wonderful depth to the flavour.

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Land of chestnuts

chestnut

This time of year the Waikato is full of delicious chestnuts, falling off the trees, waiting to be eaten. How great is that!

When David Klinac of the New Zealand Chestnut Council contacted me recently, I jumped at the chance to find out more about the local chestnut growing scene.

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WELCOME TO THE WAIKATO FOODBASKET

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

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