Sunday, July 31, 2011
(This is another one from Wendyl Nissen by the way)
Monday, July 25, 2011
Yesterday we discovered the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market which is located on the land where the Hobsonville Air base used to be. Its on every Sunday morning from 9am-1pm and is undercover so even though the weather wasn't so great today, we were still able to go and enjoy it.
One of the products we love to buy at the markets is local honey. We have bought EarthBound Honey which is produced in Bethells Valley many times and it is great (try the Pohutukawa). We also got some Harmony free range (dry cured) bacon for a steal! They are SPCA Blue Tick accredited and have a great range of other meats too.
Other farmers markets:
Oratia Farmers Market: Artisan Wines, 99 Parrs Cross Road, Oratia. Saturday; 9am to 12.
http://www.farmersmarkets.org.nz/) but we have been to Oratia and Hobsonville Point and have heard good things about Parnell from friends.
So check out your local farmers market and let us know what you think.
Friday, July 15, 2011
There is a alternative that is both cheaper, better for the environment, and your health - making them yourself! All credit for inspiration and these recipes goes to Wendyl Nissen (http://www.wendylsgreengoddess.co.nz/). First up I'll start with some that you can make with stuff that is already in your cupboard.
Spray Cleaner (replaces spray&wipe, etc)
1 L Water
1-2 Tsp Baking soda
2 drops of soap/detergent (for ecological niceness use Dr Bronner's Castile liquid soap but anything will work)
10 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional, but it does help it kill bacteria)
650 mL water (or 2 parts)
350 mL white vinegar (or 1 part)
2 drops detergent
The exact amounts are not important for either of these recipes, just get the ratios ruffly right.
We have been using both of these recipes for months now and they work great! They are sooo cheap to make, and most of the ingredients are eaten regularly so they are safe and healthy.
Enjoy the savings!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Winter tends to have a habit of sucking the passion right outta me, so instead of harping on about why we believe in free range chickens, pork etc, please tell me whether you believe in free range and what it, if anything, means to you.
I'll start to make this easier: We buy free range items that gare guarranteed cruelty free. Namely eggs and bacon. We love the SPCA's Blue tick scheme which audits participating farms making sure that they are up to standard.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
1 1/2 cups Water
Grated rind of 1/2 Orange
6 whole Cloves
1 Cinnamon stick
1 bottle red wine
1. Put all of the ingredients apart from the wine into a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 TB short-grain rice (or whatever you have, really- apparently it works fine with brown rice too, just not Quinoa- tried it- didn't work)
2 cups milk
2 TB sugar
1 Cinnamon stick
1. Preheat your oven to 150°C.
2. Rinse the rice and place in a baking dish along with the milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon stick. Stir to combine.
3. Bake for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
4. Best served warm and with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top