Home Orchard Essentials

Home Orchard Essentials

 Six of the best – Virgil Evetts Garden centres are just like supermarkets. That apparently friendly, welcoming layout is carefully designed by evil retail psychologists, who employ all manor of arcane trickery to manipulate the hapless shopper into leaving with … Read more »

Cooking with Herbs

Cooking with Herbs

Cooking with herbs – Lynley Ruck “I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.”-James Beard, American Chef and Author Leave your tastebuds in no doubt that Spring has arrived … Read more »

Growing and Cooking Broad Beans

Growing and Cooking Broad Beans

This year I got very excited about the prospect of growing broad beans.  There were two aspects to this.  Frstly I like eating broad beans,  although I probably have never had them in any quantity and most of the broad beans I … 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 »

Cooking with Chilli

Cooking with Chilli

 Burning with Desire – Virgil Evetts  Despite being full of promise, and all that la-de da, spring is a tricky beast when it comes to dressing and eating- Over exuberant salads are still bone-chilling but a pot of pea soup … Read more »

Savoury Biscuit Recipes

Savoury Biscuit Recipes

Savoury Biscuits Text by Tammy McLeod When we think of baking and filling the tins, it is usually sweet biscuits, cakes and slices which spring to mind.  However, home made savoury biscuits and crackers are so delicious and so easy … Read more »

Dressings Recipes

Dressings Recipes

 The Art of Blending Alison McKee In the late 18th century French nobleman Marquis d’Albignic, impoverished by the French Revolution and exiled in London, supported himself by making the rounds of grand dinner parties mixing salad dressings. D’Albignic became an … Read more »

Rhubarb Recipes

Rhubarb Recipes

Cooking with Rhubarb – Lynley Ruck I’m a fool for good old rhubarb.  It is not until November that fresh summer fruit begins to appear, local apples are past their best, it is way too early for decent plums and … Read more »

Cooking Whitebait

Cooking Whitebait

Regardless of my age or where I am, whitebait always takes me back to being a child in Hokitika. There, for the months of September and October, dad’s and grandads dotted the streets, cycling or driving down to the river armed … Read more »

Old Fashioned Baking

Old Fashioned Baking

Old Fashioned Sweethearts Lynley Ruck  Some of our very first kitchen experiences were often at the knees of wonderful wise folk who seemed to be able to conjure cakes and slices from fresh eggs, a whiff of vanilla or the … Read more »

Sexy Food

Sexy Food

10 things I ate about you A short guide to the worlds sexiest food – Virgil Evetts Can food be sexy? I think it can. I don’t mean in some in some icky, ‘9 ½ Weeks’ sort of way, nor … Read more »

Picnics

Picnics

As each season arrives there is a huge pleasure that comes with the firsts of everything, whether it be daffodils, asparagus, lambs or in this case picnics. Last weekend had its bumps, our 4 very active and strong minded children … Read more »

Creamy Desserts

Creamy Desserts

Creamy Desserts Tammy McLeod It really does feel like spring has sprung and with the lighter evenings and warmer days comes a longing for fresher, lighter desserts – desserts which complement the other tastes of spring (lamb, asparagus and strawberries) … Read more »