Growing A Mushroom Forest

I spent a fascinating afternoon touring farm and business, Neudorf Mushrooms. They planted a forest on their 120-acre property in Upper Moutere over a decade ago, not to grow wood but to grow mushrooms, like the wild ones they had experienced in Switzerland. I thought you'd like to read some of the things I learned and get some of their delicious mushroom recipes. 

The Truth About Baked Beans and a Recipe

Those of you who have been following along for a while will know that we do like a good taste test.  You'll also know that we've been a little preoccupied with growing dried beans these last couple of years and that we have a store cupboard full of them. What to do with them all? 

The Best Ever Lemon Cordial Syrup

If you have lemons, you make lemonade and the best homemade lemonade recipe starts with our concentrated lemon cordial syrup. This recipe is a store cupboard staple and the start of many delicious and soothing drinks. It can make a hot lemon and ginger drink to ease a heavy head cold or add a splash of soda water and ice for a long refreshing summer drink.

The Great Feijoa Taste Off

Which feijoa tastes the best? See the results of our taste-off of different feijoa varieties and learn 10 things you didn't know about the humble feijoa.

How to Preserve Fruit by Bottling

Learn how to preserve fruit by bottling it in preserving jars for use throughout the year. How to prepare the fruit and how to use 2 part seals and screw band lids.

Homemade Fast Feta Cheese

Make Fast Feta cheese at home. Learn how to turn milk into cheese within 24 hours with this tried and tested recipe for homemade feta cheese.

Quince & Hazelnut Tart

This recipe celebrates the old fashioned quince and freshly harvested hazelnuts in a delicious tart.

Growing Food and Finding Focus - Lila shares her thoughts and reactions on lock down.

How gardening helps us and our families in uncertain times.

Best Pumpkin Recipes

Find some new uses for the humble pumpkin with our collection of best pumpkin recipes from pumpkin pie to pumpkin hummus.

Yogurt Bread (no yeast required)

No yeast required for this fluffy delicious bread made with yogurt as the main raising agent.  Make ahead and keep it in the fridge.  Flatten small balls into easy flat breads to cook as needed.

Cheat's Ciabatta (no kneading)

This cheats ciabatta recipe is a great way to make a delicious homemade bread from simple ingredients. Perfect for new bread makers.

How to make Sauerkraut

Make sauerkraut at home with simple ingredients.
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