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Wharf Road café review

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. “…where everybody knows...
Gothenburg Restaurant review – NZ fusion tapas

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 with Swedish-Spanish-NZ...
Lime Pickle

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 Ingredients 24 whole...
Fresh fish from Samoa

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 celebrate...
Eat your greens

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 bought...
Persimmon Salsa

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 coriander 1½ tbsp chopped red onion 1 tbsp...