Perfect panforte recipe

I always don a clean pair of dishwashing gloves to mix this dense festive Italian fruit cake, as it’s very heavy to mix with a spoon and you need to work fast so the toffee mixture doesn’t set before it’s mixed through the fruit and nuts. The recipe scales up easily and you can play […]

Perfect Platters: Four Square Hanmer Springs

The team at Four Square Hanmer Springs has a passion for creating beautiful, bespoke grazing platters.     They are available for everything from large corporate events and weddings, right through to delicious platters for two and children’s birthday parties. Renowned for being generous, the platters contain a variety of seasonal ingredients, beautiful specialty cheeses […]

Never Fail Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cake

This three-layered six-inch cake is sure to wow the most hard-to-impress guests!     Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 27 mins INGREDIENTS Dry 1 ½ cup white rice flour 3/4 cup almond meal (almond flour is even better) 1/2 cup potato starch 3/4 cup white sugar 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking […]

Putting the spice into innovation

If you’ve made your way over to the Lyttelton Farmers’ Markets on a Saturday morning and noticed the ‘Bambina’, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were looking at your usual meaty sausage lying on a beautiful fresh bread roll.     It’s not even clear upon tasting that this is, in fact, an innovative plant-based […]

Science for Skin

  Given the chance to rummage through the bathroom cabinets of international celebrities like Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Elle Macpherson , you’ll spot the green labels of Antipodes.     Despite the fact that this green beauty brand is now sold in more than 20 countries and continues to win multiple […]

Va Va Vegan

Va Va Vegan

Limiting or excluding meat, dairy products and eggs was once on the cusp of consumer consciousness. But now veganism is hitting the mainstream. A menu that was traditionally not universally available or appetising, today it is all that and a bag of kale chips.     In New Zealand, more than half of Kiwis say […]

Natural cosmetics

The good stuff: seeking out cosmetics that are good for the body and soul

Natural, preservative-free and organic are the buzz words of the culinary world, as we increasingly seek foods which are equally as good for our bodies as they are for our planet. Yet it’s not just our food which is getting the natural makeover, as we seek safer and simpler products to fill up our bathrooms. […]