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Homemade Toothpaste

Since I was a little girl, I have had a total aversion to commercial toothpaste. I think my dad put me on to using salt way back then so that’s what I used. Once I discovered alternative “healthy” toothpastes I used those. Even better I’ve finally made my own. There’s no hidden nasties and it […]

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Old-fashioned Bottled Cream of Tomato Soup

Bottled sunshine, that’s what this is. I make and preserve this soup in late summer/early autumn when tomatoes are sweet, plentiful and cheap. Better still if you can grow your own. A perfect lunch on a cold winter day served with cheese toasties. To make it worth your while (and it is definitely worth it) […]

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Christmas Stollen

Christmas just wouldn’t feel right without baking a stollen. It’s a traditional German bread with a deliciously moist centre of ground almonds. This year I’ll make some as christmas gifts. Yes they are a little bit fiddly and there are a few stages in the process but it’s so worth the effort. Making festive breads […]

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Hearty Spring Salad

I’m so loving this flavoursome and dense garden salad these early spring days. In my somewhat challenging microclimate here in the puhoi valley I’m unable to grow tender salad greens just yet. In another month once the soil warms up and drys out a little I should have an abundance of mesclun, lettuces and rocket […]

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Roast Vege Salad for a Shared Meal

Every Tuesday evening I go to Maori language class. We start at 5pm and finish around 9.45. Everyone brings a contribution for a shared evening meal. There are vegetarians and meat-eaters and some of us are gluten free or lactose intolerant. A few peops won’t eat meat/chicken unless it is free-farmed and organic so bringing […]

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