Liquid Gold

Words vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Liquid gold – this description for olive oil is becoming more and more accurate every year. Prices of olive oil have skyrocketed in the last few years. Donald Montes from Taste of Greece has seen a 120% increase in prices in just one year. Increasing demand and falling production […]

Balsamic Vinegar

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Growing up I think there were only two types of vinegar in my parents’ pantry, malt and white. In comparison, my pantry contains a whole shelf of vinegars – white wine, red wine, chardonnay, sherry, rice, Chinese black vinegar… OK, so my pantry may not be a good example, […]

Baked Aubergines with Salsa Verde

Words and images by Fiona Hugues Sometimes all you need is a hero vegetable prepared deliciously to wow your guests. These small aubergines grilled until soft are fabulous on their own as a light lunch or as a side to grilled meats. Just add some leafy greens on the side. 3–4 small aubergines, halved Extra […]

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 […]

Harriet’s How To: Pork Belly

Words Harriet Boucher, Images by Ashlee DeCaires Pork belly is one of those special occasion meats where a lot of love goes into achieving the perfect crackle and juicy meat. It’s one of the richest meats on the market, so a little goes a long way. If I go to a restaurant where pork belly […]

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 […]

Cooking Up a Book

They say the best way to eat an elephant is one mouthful at a time. When we embarked on the challenge of creating our latest cookbook it felt like an elephant size task – thankfully the mouthfuls were a lot tastier. The chatter from Nourish fans about a possible cookbook was growing louder, so last […]

What We Do with Dukkah

I’ve never been confident in the spelling of dukkah. But I learnt the hard way that if you spell it as ‘dukkha’ in a google search, you will be inundated with information about the Buddhist concept of dukkha, which translates to ‘suffering’, as opposed to the Egyptian spice mix that I’m talking about. The word […]