The last days…

The Spring Festival of Change ends this week. We have a picnic lunch tomorrow (hopefully the rain will have cleared) at the Lyttelton Community Garden. Please come if you can! This last week has been nice, my garden keeps surprising me with abundance and I’ve been really enjoying eating and sharing my home baked bread…

The power of change

I’ve always been an experimenter. I like to try things out in action, rather than just dream or talk about them. And so, I feel now after a couple of weeks of locavorianism that I can report on the difference between knowing the information and living that knowledge. I guess what I’m talking about here…

Why did the lettuce blush?

I’m baking bread and making chicken stock again today (good rainy Sunday activities). I split the bread dough (this one is an oat and maple recipe I’ve liked before, and I’m substituting honey for maple syrup) into three portions and froze two of them, so that should give me bread for a while without all…

Improvisation

It’s the weekend, another beautiful morning for the Lyttelton Farmers Market, and I’m happy that Little Farm Goat’s Cheese is back … and not only with fresh cheeses, but with an aged parmesan-type cheese (yes, they said, 10 months to ripen), which is just what I’ve been wanting. A couple of interesting food-related events for…

Cheese-making

I haven’t done any cheese-making for some years, and even when I did, my cheese press was a bunch of heavy bricks and rocks which I weighed and then precariously balanced on the cheese to press it. But it worked OK. Laura gave me some extra milk, and without all the correct supplies and culture,…

Perfect vs Grateful

I was given a copy of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” for my birthday, and although I haven’t started it yet, I know from friends who have read it that it’s an incredible book, well researched, well written and with a wealth of information (although not about New Zealand of course). I think it was…

Doing it together

It’s been great hearing about how other people are finding their spring challenges. Juliet’s walking around Corsair Bay, Jacqueline’s reducing food waste by planning her meals and shopping more carefully (and reducing her shopping bill too), Sarah’s “manymene” daily smiles. It helps to keep my enthusiasm going when I know others are having good experiences…

Days two and three

Finally, a sunny¬†day! I was site co-ordinator at the market today, and it was very full of ¬†happy vendors and customers. I stocked up on honey, chicken carcasses (mostly to feed to my dog, but also to make chicken stock) and veges from Rattletrack Organic Farm. I made a big pot of pumpkin and leek…

Garlic herb & walnut crackers

Making your own crackers is not as hard as you might think. I’ve been working away on my recipe for a while, trying to get somewhere near the delicious 180 degrees ones (you know the expensive ones made with oats and nuts?). To be honest, one of the secret ingredients in my recipe is sesame…

Day One

OK, it’s day one for me. I got back from the North Island yesterday, and the cupboards and fridge are pretty bare. So here is a photo of what I’m starting with (plus some local goat’s cheese). Are those local oats? No – instead of oats, I’ll be using barley, rye and wheat flakes from…

5 reasons to be a locavore

Reduce environmental carbon. The distance that our food travels to get to us costs us in carbon emissions and consequently an increase in dangerous warming to our climate. Health. If your food hasn’t been picked before it is ripe, stored in a fridge or freezer and shipped a long distance before you buy it, it…