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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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O is for organic

This post is about a subject that’s very close to my heart. Food quality! Good food that’s fresh, high in nutrients, and free from toxic spray residues. Sadly, these are things we can’t take for granted in our world of industrial agriculture.

And the main way we have of knowing whether food is good quality, unless we know and trust the producer, or have grown it ourselves, is through organic certification.

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A handful of raspberries


Today I picked a handful of raspberries to have with my breakfast. This gives me an amazing feeling of wellbeing.

I haven’t always had raspberries in my life. I spent my childhood in Papua New Guinea, where we had wonderful tropical fruits galore:  fresh pawpaw, mango, pineapple, passionfruit and many exquisite varieties of bananas. But some kids are never satisfied. (I was homesick, okay?)

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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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