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BananaRama Vegan Bread

A tisket, a tasket, a ripe and yellow basket!! Who said you couldn’t grow bananas in a non-tropical location? Yes, they get hammered by New Zealand’s Wintery blasts, but they are real hardy guys! Come Spring, they bounce back and sprout forth again. Did you know that a banana palm is closely related to ginger?…

Rhubarb Revolution

Rhubarb is easy to divide up after a couple of years. Okay, I am super excited about Rhubarb and have already waxed lyrical over it’s benefits in the past. But as you know, there is only so much compote you can make and eat. So one day, after harvesting a big bunch of juicy stalks,…

Nasturtium Pesto

Very healthy Nasturtium and Kawakawa Pesto Yes, you heard right! I make basil pesto in summer, parsley pesto in Autumn, and Nasturtium pesto in Winter. If you’ve ever planted nasturtiums in your garden, you’ll know they are prolific! They will veritably cover vast swathes of your garden seemingly overnight! Orange and yellow Nasturtium and blue…

Lavender for Stress

Beautiful French Lavender Ladies. I have harvested tonnes of my English lavender a month ago. It doesn’t have the big showy floral petals on the ends of the lavender spikes like the French lavender, but rather compact flowers on the end of long stalks. They are really fragrant and I love the meditative activity of…

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Barb’s Courgette Patties

We have a whole heap of courgettes growing in the garden at this time of the year. Different types; the ordinary supermarket variety green one, Rampicante, scallopini and baby kamokamo. Kamokamo are a Maori squash which can grow quite large and develop a hard outer shell to allow you to store them through winter. As…