Burnt Butter Spiced Carrot Loaf

Last year Harriet spent a considerable time refining the perfect carrot cake, and this inevitably meant we had to taste test many! You would think this would mean I’d be sick of the carrot cake combo, but it’s not the case. The traditional carrot cake uses oil which, along with the carrot, makes a super […]

Better Together

Words Denise Irvine The unique Te Kāroro Nature Precinct unites taonga at Rotokauri. It doesn’t get much better than this Nourish assignment, and for a moment it’s all about food: ring-tailed lemurs at Hamilton Zoo are gently and delicately nibbling almonds and peanuts from my outstretched hands, jostling for position and treats. Their leading lady, […]

AVOCADO AND BROAD BEAN PANZANELLA

Words and images by Amber Bremner This loose interpretation of panzanella (Italian bread salad) is my idea of spring on a plate, though I’d be delighted to eat it any time of year. Toasted cubes of sourdough are tossed with chunks of avocado, podded broad beans, spring onions, salad greens (I used pea tendrils from […]

It’s Time to Make Waste History

Words Emily Gray, Images Alex Spodyneiko “We have the solution to make waste history.”  So states Vincent Callister. The founder of event waste management company Waste Wizards is on a mission: to provide coffee drinkers with an easy and sustainable alternative to single-use coffee cups. Needing to diversify Waste Wizards during the Covid-19 pandemic, Vincent […]

Mighty Oak in Morrinsville

Words Denise Irvine, Images Ashlee DeCaires “Build it and they will come,” is the famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, and it seems a pretty good fit for Oak Eatery, in Morrinsville. Oak is the up-to-the-minute café at the Lockerbie Estate on the northern outskirts of town, and on this blue-sky Friday morning […]

AVOCADO AND PEANUT SUSHI HAND ROLLS

Words and Images by Amber Bremner Sushi hand rolls (or temaki sushi) are basically a rolled cone of seaweed, wrapped around rice and fillings. Once the rice is made they’re very quick and easy to make (much less faff then making traditional sushi rolls at home), child friendly and a bit of fun. We serve […]

Tame Your Mind

Words Harriet Boucher, Image Brydie Thompson There’s always that one person in your life who you spill the beans to, the person you confide in who gives sound advice. Debbie Eaton has been that person for many. When that dreaded c-word came in and changed the world, Debbie entered a period of reflection and quietness. […]

Locals Guide to Hamilton Central

Ask a local! It’s the best travel advice I can think of, so why not apply it to our home patch too? We asked a variety of people who work in Hamilton Central to give us their favourite places to eat, drink and hang out. Coffee We started with coffee. Where is their favourite spot […]

Strawberry, Ginger & Coconut Rice Pudding

Words and images by Emma Galloway I’ve always been a fan of rice pudding, and this creamy dairy-free version is my go-to for comforting decadence. I’ve flavoured the rice with ginger, but if that’s not your thing, simply leave it out and add a splash more vanilla. The strawberry compote can be made up to […]

Lifted Pilates

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan No photo credit Far more than a recent fitness craze, Pilates was developed in the 1920s when Joseph and Clara Pilates opened their ‘Body Conditioning Gym’ in New York City. Born in 1883 in Germany, Joseph Pilates was a frail child. Drive and determination saw Joseph overcome ailments like asthma, rickets and […]