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March 16, 2018

Vegan hot cross buns

Making homemade hot cross buns is one of my favourite Easter traditions. Lately I have been trying a vegan version of this old classic.

Hot cross buns take a while to make but there are lots of rewards. The process helps you to slow down and enjoy the holiday moment and later on you get to enjoy the delicious aroma of baking buns. And then there’s the eating!

Makes about 24 buns

For t...

September 15, 2017

Not sure what Slow Food is about?

Here are a few basics to get you started. Slow food can simply start with choosing to eat more food that is  locally produced, seasonal or homemade.  

Another way to define Slow Food is that it is Good, Clean and Fair.

GOOD - This means quality, flavorsome and healthy food.

CLEAN - meaning the production of the food doesn't harm the environment. For e...

April 3, 2017

This moist and tasty cake is ideal for for the autumn season ... or any other time you have spare pumpkins or butternuts at hand.

 You can make this as one cake using a ring tin or into two loaves using two regular loaf tins. Loaf tin sizes can vary but they are generally around 12 x 20 cm.


4 tsp ground flaxseed (otherwise known as linseed)

2 tbsp cold water

175g raisins or sultanas

zest and jui...

February 16, 2017

Fig trees ficus carica have an ancient and exotic history and were first bought to New Zealand by early european settlers.

They not cheap to buy – but if you are lucky enough to have access to a decent sized tree they can be very abundant when in season.

Figs are best picked when soft and fully ripe. It follows that they don't keep for long. Depending on the variety and climate, figs might be rea...

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