Summer of 42

  “Here’s to alcohol, the rose-coloured glasses of life.” – Scott Fitzgerald Fast forward and we are living an age where non-alcoholic drinks might be considered by many to be the glasses of life. In a nod to drinking in moderation, Black Pineapple has teamed up with the leading alcohol-free spirit company, Seedlip, for a […]

Fruits of love

February brings with it the last glorious month of summer, the peak of the summer fruit season and, of course, Valentine’s Day. Here are Metropol’s recommendations on how to celebrate all three in style via some fruity treats to spoil your sweetheart (or yourself!) this romantic month.       HEART BREAK(FAST) According to both […]

Almond Meringue Torte recipe

  COOK 1.5 | SERVES 10 Meringue nut layer 75g (½ cup) roasted almonds 4 egg whites 250g (1½ cups) icing sugar 1 tbsp white vinegar 30g (¼ cup) unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder Filling 600ml (2½ scant cups) thickened (whipping) cream 75g (½ cup) roasted almonds, chopped 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped 135g (1 cup) […]

What hunger are you feeding?

In a world where people are bombarded with celebrity diets and images of photoshopped bodies, disordered eating has become the new normal while our body’s natural hunger cues are being ignored.   Oxford Women’s Health Dietitian Sara Widdowson is encouraging people to recognise what hunger they are actually feeding, when it comes to our complicated […]

Festive Raspberry Ice Blocks

They’re the coolest little treat for the Christmas feast. In fact, one could argue they’re part of your five plus a day! Fill the freezer up and they’ll get you right through the summer holidays!     INGREDIENTS Two punnets of fresh raspberries 1/3 cup caster sugar One tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice […]

Ugly Food

Ugly Food

The ugly food movement – this decade’s term to describe fruit and vegetables of the knotted, gnarly and spotty kind –is taking over our soils.     Although an unflattering title, ugly food is a new food group we can include in our shopping baskets. People are saving on pennies whilst simultaneously saving the world […]


A feijoa fixation: nine ideas for what to do with all those feijoas

There’s great excitement in the autumnal air, with feijoa season upon us. Generally available from about mid-March until early June, the small, green, egg-shaped fruit is pretty unique to New Zealand – although not native. A distinctive flavour and culinary versatility sees feijoa making their mark on an exceptional range of cakes, salsas, jams and […]