New Kitchen Triggers Biscuit Shortage

New Kitchen Triggers Biscuit Shortage

Lois Davey Following almost 2 weeks of intensive labour my house has given birth to a new kitchen. It’s not the flashest new kitchen in Godzone but it’s my new kitchen and I’m suitably thrilled. It posed something of a … Read more »

The Joys of food in the United States

The Joys of food in the United States

Summerfields It is easy to make jokes about the food of the USA. We love visiting the supermarkets to marvel at the rows of sweet breakfast cereals, the enormous muffins caked in frosting and the butter flavoured sprinkles. I’ve read … Read more »

A Pregnant Pause...

A Pregnant Pause…

Virgil Evetts Is it possible that pregnancy is just a ruse invented by women as an excuse for being über-pernickety about food? I’m beginning to think so. You might as well know then, that my best beloved is currently in possession … Read more »

Banana Saturation

Banana Saturation

Virgil Evetts I just had to share this picture. You are looking at one obscenely large plantain (starchy cooking banana), given to me last week by someone who takes pleasure in surprising me with strange fruit. Apparently it’s peak banana … Read more »

Viva Vanilla!!

Viva Vanilla!!

Virgil Evetts As a decidedly amateur grower of exotic and impractical food crops, I almost choked on my toast yesterday morning when I read about the big food news out of Tauranga – that a New Zealand company had achieved … Read more »

Plantains-a-plenty

Plantains-a-plenty

Virgil Evetts     I was recently reminded of the buzz caused on the Foodlovers Forums by the arrival of Plantains (starchy cooking bananas) in local fruit shops earlier this year. Whilst shaking my head and smirking my way through an … Read more »

Fresh Durian- at last!!!

Fresh Durian- at last!!!

Virgil Evetts Anyone with a taste for the truly exotic should head down to their nearest Asian fruiterer. Hot on the heel of my article last week about tropical fruit, the very first [ever] shipment of whole fresh durian has … Read more »

Would you like sighs with your order?

Would you like sighs with your order?

Virgil Evetts Despite my grumblings about the very average level of service found in the local hospitality industry, I have had some truly excellent service here, a lot that was simply poor, but only a very slim minority that was really … Read more »

Steak a claim - Virgil Evetts

Steak a claim – Virgil Evetts

  I’ve been indulging in more than a little bovine excess of late. Pity my poor arteries. For various reasons,  many of my Best Beloveds colleagues have been abandoning their posts lately , so she’s been out every other night … Read more »

The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden

While I am a complete novice gardener, my year old vegetable garden has so many merits that I am wondering how we ever lived without it. I love the fact that I can walk out each day and pick fresh … Read more »

Pasta with Broccoli

Pasta with Broccoli

With current research telling us that certain fruits and vegetables can prevent cancer, aging and many other ailments then it makes sense to eat more of them. For generations NZ mums have coerced, bribed and threatened children to eat their … Read more »

Upside Down Cakes

Upside Down Cakes

There is something very comforting about an upside down cake.  Perhaps it is its homely rustic qualities that differentiate it from many other cakes. I don’t know what started my fascination but this winter upside down cakes and puddings have … Read more »

Eating Real Food

Eating Real Food

Yesterday I had the privelege of attending a lunch at Soul in Auckland where Michael Pollan was guest speaker.  I have previously read his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma which was incredibly thought provoking and I have just started his latest … Read more »