Shop 9 Boutique: Fashion with an Edge

Words Megan Lyon, Images Ashlee DeCaires A lifetime lover of design, fashion, and interiors, Rosemary Poole was looking for a career change and identified a need in Hamilton’s clothing scene to bring fashion with an edge. She jumped on an opportunity in 2009, opening Shop 9, named for its location at 9 Braid Road, St […]

Calming Sanctuary Celebrates the Natural World

Words Megan Lyon “Wow, it’s even better than I imagined!” is the oft repeated phrase from visitors entering the new Downey show home ‘The Kingsman’ on River Road. Stepping into this space, beneath its elevated ceilings, is a calm sanctuary that takes its cues from nature, both in the palette and materials. Although uncompromising in […]

Easter Pie

Words and images by Kathy Paterson The brief to myself was to make a rustic pie that is a very loose play on the Italian Torta Pasqualina (an enclosed pastry pie using spinach and eggs). After many tests and neighbours’ approval, this one came out on top. Serves 6 Pastry 250g plain flour 150g cold […]

The Good Life – part 2

words Denise Irvine, Images Brydie Thompson Wayne Good has made plum cake for afternoon tea, a soft fruity beauty using his own Luisa plums and eggs from his chooks. It is the taste of summer, served with thick, decadent clotted cream. Wayne makes the clotted cream with milk from cows on the farm near his […]

A Good Curry

Living and working on a dairy farm, I enjoy the challenge of living as self-sufficiently as possible.  Having access to beautiful fresh milk allows me to make my own butter, mascarpone, yoghurt and this beautiful paneer, which is one of the recipes I have had the very good fortune of being shown how to cook […]

Pesto alla Trapanese

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Brydie Thompson This traditional dish from the Trapani region in Sicily is one we learnt to make on our Taste of Sicily 2023 tour.  Taught in an old monastery in the stunning hill top town of Erice, we learnt not only how to make this dish, including hand rolling the pasta, […]

Cucumber on Smoked Fish Cream

Words and image Fiona Hugues This is my version of a dish that Vicki and I ate on the last day of our recent trip to Adelaide. Super simple and tasty on a hot summer’s day, cool cucumbers nestled on creamy glamorised store-bought taramasalata, sprinkled with a little spicy shichimi togarashi on top (or sometimes […]

Lamp Rump with Charred Eggplant, Whipped Cream Cheese, and Local Pinoli Pine Nuts

Recipe and image Kathy Paterson There are many stunning individual flavours and textures in this dish. Flavour comes from the freshness and quality of local ingredients. Serves 4 with leftover cold meat 1 large eggplant, trimmed 2 tbsp Pinoli pine nuts 2 x 400g lamb rump with fat cap, at room temperature extra virgin olive […]

Book Review – Eat Up New Zealand, The Bach Edition

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan Peter Gordon describes Al Brown’s book Eat Up New Zealand – The Bach Edition as “a gem of a cookbook, full of childhood memories and insights into our culinary future”. I have to agree with Peter that it is a cookbook full of nostalgic recipes. It is, in fact, these recipes (cinnamon […]

Smoked Chicken, Cream Cheese and Apricot Filo Pie

Recipe Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Filo pastry can be a lot of fluffing around only for it to all crumble down your front when you eat it.  After years of making filo parcels in the café, I had come to the conclusion, why bother? That was until I saw this innovative way of using […]