The changeable spring weather has made it tough for families with kids these school holidays. All I can say is eventually they grow up and leave home but because I remember those days so vividly, here’s an idea Strawberry Heart Sandwiches This week I’ve given a pasta recipe with asparagus and a topping of crunchy fried crumbs. Yum! […]
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Come and cook with us on Waiheke Island! Just a few places left on December classes. January schedule coming soon. A voucher to a Shared Kitchen cooking class makes a fabulous and special Christmas gift.
It pays to remember that spring rain – seemingly so annoying when a few large drops turn into a sudden downpour – drives into the soil and helps keep the ground moist while spring crops get underway. Even in a home garden, it saves you having to get out there with the hose and water […]
2016 is the International Year of Pulses, and for good reason. Pulses have sustained human life over the centuries, providing much needed protein, but there’s more to them than that. Growing pulses is now a much more sustainable way of feeding the world. Pulses enhance soil fertility and reduce dependency on chemical fertilisers for a start, while improving […]
Eat, drink and enjoy La Dolce Vita this Sunday at Festival Italiano 16.
Ding Dong, winter’s dead!
This week … Spring is upon us! Yes, there’s still a bit of rain to fall, but hopefully not much this Sunday so all the father’s in the land – and in other lands where they celebrate such a thing – can enjoy the day. The way to a man’s heart (corny, but still true, […]
Well blow me down! I just came third in the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Waiheke’s Song and Poetry competition (HaHa! Try and make a haiku of that!). Read My Poem Here The ‘Song and Poetry Thing’ takes place the last Thursday of every month, and tonight was a culmination of a year’s work from […]
Serving up crunchy-topped clams.
You can feel the season changing from winter to early spring, even though it is not reflected in the temperature just yet. It’s more that winter has bored your socks off with all the rain, cold snaps and grey days – and snow for some – and you’re ready for spring sunshine. Ring a bell? […]
As fresh as you can get!
The inspiration for this week’s fabbie blackberry and apple pie comes from Ilaria. Along with friends Tom and Ben, she went kayaking around the Lea Canals in London last Sunday. When the weather is sunny and warm, it’s idyllic. There was no stopping them when they came across wild blackberries growing on the banks, and they gathered enough for a feast. […]
Casita Miro rocked last Sunday as 75 people swirled, sniffed and swallowed some mighty fine Waiheke wines.
Fifi, dear Fifi, embarrassed herself this weekend. No, she didn’t wet herself again, she just clammed up, wasn’t in the mood and couldn’t be coaxed to behave. Talk about pick your moments! I’d just gone down to the ferry to pick up Bob and Marion. Master of Wine Bob. Yes, that one. Bob and Marion […]
Te Matuku Bay Oysters set to shine
My next round of classes include some beauties – slow cooking, winter pasta and rustic dishes – all just the ticket for this time of year. As on all classes, you will get a full taste of all the dishes, be served some fabulous wines, and come away with a great set of recipes having […]
It’s not all about looks
Making Rocky Bay weed-free seems to be a waste of time!
Green leafy things get a kick along
Humpf here. Did you meet me the other week? I’m quite a star now, appearing on Facebook, having lots of visitors and whatnot but it’s so busy I haven’t got time for much of that. Take today. I was stuffed back into my carrier thingy and put in the car. I decided not to get […]
Rhubarb forms a pretty pink syrup when cooked with redcurrant jelly and orange. It also likes peaches, plums, raspberries & strawberries, but it’s winter here, so apple & ginger it is.
You’ll often see a heaping mound of broccoli at the market and, yep, that’s when you want to ROCK THE BROC!
Humphrey of Rocky Bay, that’s me!
We’re celebrating here because we have received exciting news: Shared Kitchen took out 2nd place in Best Website in the World in the Gourmand Awards held at the weekend in Yantai, China.
I might just have to suck this one up … yep, the old wive’s trick works.
You better believe this …