DIY Dishwasher Powder Recipe

I’ve always been interested in making my own personal care and household products. This way, I know what goes into them.....no harsh chemicals to affect my health, that of my family, or the planet. So I was chuffed when I found a recipe in an old Organic NZ magazine from 2012, featuring a dishwashing powder…

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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…

Banana Abundance

Let's take a trip to the bottom of the garden, and harvest some bananas... We live in New Zealand, two hours south of Auckland. Not exactly sub-tropical, but nevertheless, we grow bananas. They're a hardy bunch really! Missi Luki, or Lady's Fingers, so named because they are slightly smaller than commercially available bananas. They like…

Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce

 They say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  Well when life gives me chillies, I make my standard Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce, enough to last me a whole year.  We use it to spice up any dull dish to stunning effect.  Elevates the ordinary into the not-so-ordinary.  I love simple things in life,…