Fennel & Orange Roast Chicken

Recipe by Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images by Ashlee DeCaires Orange and fennel is one of my all-time favourite flavour combinations. For this recipe the citrus of the orange is perfect with chicken, while the fennel mellows out and becomes a wonderful accompaniment with the chicken. 1 large free-range chicken 2 tbsp fennel seeds 1 tsp salt […]


By David Wrigley For as long as people have inhabited these islands, we have been a nation of fishers. Ever since Te Ika-a-Māui was pulled from the ocean, we have fished for fun, for sport, for profit, and for kai. This close relationship with the ocean and all that swims in it hasn’t always been […]

Grinding Out Waste

Excelso coffee have long been on a path of reducing their waste, be it sewing the sacks the coffee beans come in into cool reusable bags and aprons or encouraging their clients to ditch the single use coffee cups, they are always looking for new ways to lessen their environmental impact. But what about the […]

Waste Not

  Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Brydie Thompson New figures recently released indicate New Zealander’s throw out more than $3 billion worth of food each year – more than $1,500 per household per year. While many of us compost or have worm farms and some regions have food waste collections which all reduce the impact of […]

It’s Not PR But the 3Rs

Plastic, it’s literally everywhere! It’s wrapped around our food, it’s in our clothing, our carpets, and now it’s on our oceans and our food chain. The invention of plastic in the early 1900s was an environmental breakthrough, replacing the unstainable use of animal and wood products like ivory and tortoiseshell. By the 1960s plastic had […]

What a Waste

Every year the average Kiwi household sends 89kgs of edible food to landfill. This figure does not include food scraps that can’t be eaten, like egg shells and banana peels. It also doesn’t include food wasted at the source or through our supply chain i.e. what producers, distributors, supermarkets and restaurants throw away. The problem […]

Camping Out

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee Decaires I think it’s safe to say I am not the camping type. I’ll preface that by saying I’m known to bring my own loose leaf tea with me when staying in a hotel! Last year when we took a week to motorhome around the East Cape, we took our […]

What We Do with Leftover Sourdough

Words Harriet Boucher, Images Ashlee DeCaires Sourdough is one of life’s simplest pleasures. You really can’t beat fresh bread lathered in salty butter. But if you aren’t quick enough it can catch you off guard and be stale before you know it. I admire anyone who has learnt to master the art of sourdough. Mum […]

Make Your own Beeswax Wraps

Beeswax wraps are a reusable and eco-friendly alternative to plastic cling film. Great for wrapping snacks, cheese, bread and even bowls, they’re simple to use and easy to make at home. WHAT YOU NEED: (makes 4) 100g beeswax 20g pine rosin 3 tsp jojoba oil cotton fabric (I use old bed-sheets, which seem to be […]