We’re expecting a truck load of visitors this coming month so I’ve been freezing a selection of mouth-watering meals in expectation. This includes a favourite way of cooking a whole duck — in a slow cooker.Read more
Polls suggest Labour could win the upcoming election with an absolute majority. No need for a coalition partner then. Without New Zealand First and its self-proclaimed “handbrake for bad ideas” role, Labour could move on its campaign promises.
So what about the National Party?Read more
‘My favourite animal is steak,; quipped American writer Fran Lebowitz.
And, yes, there’s nothing quite like a perfectly grilled beef steak.Read more
Seasonal specimen trees are a must have in any garden.
Their sensational colour through autumn is a delight and reminds us that winter is on its way. After winter, they herald spring with beautiful blooms … as we are seeing in the Waikato presently.Read more
‘Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves’ has a musical ring — it could have been an alternative name for the Spice Girls. But no, the combination is one of baking’s most popular flavourings — mixed spice.Read more
Your phones, tablets, and now, your desktop computers and laptops, are designed to distract.
How? Via pop-ups, notifications, news, new features and general interface design.Read more
Add a little variety and flavour to family meals with pickled or corned meats. The traditional method of cooking these treats is commonly known as boiling. However, the term is a misnomer. Boiling is spoiling.Read more
It’s ironic that we’ve come full circle. We start our lives eating or being fed from a bowl. And after years of designer food served on flat plates, there are now sections on restaurant menus dedicated to ‘bowl food’. Even Lonely Planet has published a book on the subject — The World’s Best Bowl Food.Read more
Is this the year of the lemon? My tree is laden and so are the trees of all our neighbours. Gifts of our lemons are being refused — for the first time in my lemon-growing life.Read more
There are lessons in this Kiwi-Seychelles connection. Lessons for conservation, for tourism, and for business.Read more