Over January and February I've been reading Hiakai (which means desiring kai, i.e. hungry). The first half of the book is an exploration of pre-European foods in New Zealand and the second half is a recipe book, using some of those ingredients in pretty fancy ways. Many of the recipes are too fussy for me, but I still gleaned heaps of good ideas, plus the book has inspired me to learn to identify and use more New Zealand native herbs!
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Straight after Christmas, Martin and I headed off with his parents to Ōtaki, a bit north of Wellington (where his sister lives) then on to visit some university friends in Wellington itself. We were away for two weeks, getting back two weeks ago. It was a bit of an exhausting time, as we don't get down that way very often and there were a lot of people we wanted to see, but it was fun, too :-)
|Us celebrating a belated Christmas with Martin's parents, his sister Sandra and her grown-up kids Michaela and Nathan (our brother-in-law, Chris, is taking the photo)|
Saturday, 31 October 2020
Monday, 28 September 2020
Thursday, 3 September 2020
In New Zealand we're now required to wear face coverings on public transport, and they're also recommended in many other contexts. Many people are turning to reusable masks in an effort to reduce their waste footprint, but cotton fabric often has a pretty hideous human cruelty footprint. Which masks are most likely to be good for the workers? I'm after masks that:
- have supply chains free of child and slave labour;
- are made by folk earning a living wage, working in safe conditions etc.;
- didn't involve polluting the local environment where they were made.
Handily, every year Tearfund puts out the Ethical Fashion Guide, which ranks common clothing brands on these kinds of ethical issues. This year's guide isn't out yet, but many brands that ranked highly in 2019 are making masks.
Saturday, 22 August 2020
After a string of pretty tired days, today has been lovely :-)
It started with sourdough biscuits and gravy for breakfast (biscuits in the American sense, and the sourdough made using the pulp left over from making soy milk).
Monday, 27 July 2020
One thing that has made a huge difference is a 'breath prayer' I've been praying. If I wake in the middle of the night and can't sleep, I start saying "You are the true vine, help me to rest in You." If I find myself fretting during the day, I do the same. God has used this to really transform my attitude :-)
Don't you think that feijoa skins smell delicious? After you've scooped out the flesh, you're left with a skin that is tart and...
For Christmas, I wanted to make Martin a chair that he could use when he goes to the cricket or goes camping. He's already got a self-i...
Having seen feijoa paste for sale in a fancy deli last year, I decided to have a go at making my own. This recipe was all over the intern...