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A celebration of life here in New Zealand with great food and ingredients  fresh from the garden and ocean, with enjoyable detours on the way: art and craft, self-build projects, curing bacon, making cheese…

Lime Pickle

When there are limes ready in your garden, why not make lime pickle? Here's a easy recipe, with just a few ingredients. The limes are preserved by fermentation, so it's a healthy choice as well as being a delicious one! Lime Pickle ...

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Fresh fish from Samoa

Sitting here with post-holiday blues, it seems incrdible that only a short while ago I was in beautiful warm Samoa. Samoa hasn’t always been famous for its food culture but the work of Robert Oliver has done a lot to educate tourists and enourage locals to...

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Eat your greens

I am recipe-testing for my new cookbook at the moment, and I've just reached smoothies. Browsing old library books outside our Coromandel library, I came across one called Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. It had a load of smoothie recipes in it so I...

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Persimmon Salsa

This is a recipe that I come back to each year when the persimmons are ripe. Very simple but delicious – lovely fresh tastes and it goes well with mexican food, roast pork or salads. Persimmon Salsa Ingredients ¼ cup chopped...

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What is wrong with my feijoas?

Like many people in Coromandel, I’ve noticed something wrong with my feijoas this season – small entry (or exit) holes on the outside of the fruit, and little caterpillars inside with most of the fruit spoiled.   These little caterpillars are the early...

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Couscous cakes – turning leftovers into ‘bestovers’

Sometimes you find a word that perfectly suits what is happening in your life… this month I found ‘bestovers’ – similar to leftovers, but where the thing you make with the leftovers comes out better than the thing you originally made! I made a couscous...

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Roast a whole cauliflower

I always wanted to cook a whole cauliflower after reading about the possibility online. Alon Shaya from the Domenica Restaurant in New Orleans first did this; this is my take on his recipe.   The idea is that you simmer the cauliflower gently in water, to...

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How to make a good Zucchini Lasagne

Photo by Emma Steel Can you use slices of zucchini instead of pasta sheets for lasagne? Yes, you can! I tried to do this for the first time a week ago and am reporting back to you all… if like me you have an endless supply of zucchinis in your garden at the moment,...

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An easy Christmas plum tart

  What could be more evocative of a Coromandel summer at the bach than plums? Here's an plum tart that is simple to make, but looks festive enough for any occasion!   Easy Plum Tart The great thing about this recipe is that you can bake one...

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How do you cook a perfect scallop?

The scallop has to be one of my favourite types of seafood. How do you eat yours? I love them wrapped in bacon… or raw sliced thin like sashimi with browned butter poured over them… or on a bbq skewer with prawns… or served with a fresh salad greens, sliced apple and...

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