Rich fruit cake

Years ago my grandmother gave me her recipe for old fashioned pound cake, which was baked for special occasions such as weddings, christenings, and Christmas. It was adapted from the New Zealand Country Women’s Institute Cookery Book. Ingredients 6 eggs 340g butter 340g sugar 450g flour 450g sultanas 450g currants 115g almonds 115g mixed peel […]

Editor’s perspective: Teething troubles

Any major new event is not without its share of teething problems, and that appears to be the case for the inaugural ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix held earlier in March on Lyttelton Harbour. As was to be expected, there were a few complaints from some residents, and some attendees, but isn’t that always […]

Editor’s perspective: Future growth

Looking and planning ahead isn’t always easy, especially when taking numerous factors into account. For instance, looking foward to how Greater Christchurch will develop as its population continues to grow. Its population is predicted to double to more than one million people during the next 60 years, or even earlier. The Huihui Mai (let’s come […]

Editor’s perspective: We are sailing

As this issue’s front cover proclaims loud and clear, the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix is coming to Lyttelton. What that means is a chance for Kiwis to see this adrenaline-pumping water sport up close and personal, and also to showcase Christchurch to the rest of the world. Seaside spectator tickets to view the […]

Editor’s Perspective: Roll on 2023

For some of us the festive holiday season is a distant memory as we kick back into work and wonder what the year will bring. We’re still waiting for that dry, hot summer that was forecast, days at the beach cooling off, and making the most of the outdoors. Don’t worry, summer is far from […]

More summer wine

“Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring. My summer wine is really made from all these things.” So wrote Lee Hazelwood and sang Nancy Sinatra. Those same summer fruit scents are evident in many of today’s lighter wines, making them just right for long hot days, and balmy nights. One of those is rosé, […]

Read the label

Buying wine may be a frustrating task if you don’t know much about the varieties, what foods they will pair with, and what to expect when you twist the cap off and pour. That’s where wine labels come to the fore. Knowing how to read the front and back labels on a wine bottle will […]

Easy ice cream

Home-made ice cream is a real treat and is so easy to make. I’m not sure where this recipe originated, but I’ve made it multiple times during the last 30 years, and it works every time. To vary the flavour, simply add fresh or pureed fruit, your favourite sweet sauce (chocolate, passionfruit, peppermint, caramel, vanilla) […]

A little kindness: Editor’s Perpective

A little kindness If there was ever a time to show a little kindness, it is now during the festive season. My dad always told me to put myself in “their” shoes, meaning that when we see or hear others, we do not actually know what is going on in their lives, or why they […]

Festive buzz

Now that December has arrived, it heralds the official start of summer, and that Christmas is not far away. The signs of the latter are everywhere with truckloads of glittering tinsel, trees and baubles setting the scene in shops and homes. Christmas spending is well underway with many taking advantage of recent big sales such […]