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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…

Wharf Road café review

What makes a good café? Well… great coffee and delicious food are essential – that’s a no-brainer, but what else? I was thinking about this the other day, when the lyrics to the theme music from the American sitcom Cheers popped into my head....

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Meeting a Coromandel kiwi

Last week, my son Jack and I were lucky enough to meet an iconic Coromandel resident, Rehua the kiwi. We headed up to Port Charles very early one morning in the school holidays to meet two Moehau Environment Group (MEG) volunteers, Natalie and...

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Gothenburg Restaurant review – NZ fusion tapas

When I go to Hamilton or Auckland I always try to find somewhere to eat that is going to be great, or inspiring, or both. One place that had been on my list for a while was Gothenburg – a fusion tapas restaurant in Hamilton Owned by a couple...

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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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