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October 1, 2018

Flatbread sits at a comfortable midpoint between cost, effort, and taste. When a whole bag of flour is $2, making weekly batches of flat bread is an essential way to cut your grocery bill down. Apart from costing next to nothing, it goes along well with late winter soups and curries. Start to finish, the […]

September 17, 2018

When the frosty Wellington wind blows you back from uni, and you get home just to wait another 3 hours before the heating comes on during the free power hour; staying warm can be a real struggle. My suggestion is to practise the activities our ancestors used to keep themselves toasty during the winter months: eating […]

August 13, 2018

For humans, drinking the product of some rotten apples is an original sin. We’ve done it for millennia, and it’s one of the coolest chemistry experiments you can run in your own bedroom. 2L Hard Apple Cider 1.5 kg cored and chopped Granny Smith apples – $3.00 or 1L apple juice (try to get an […]

July 16, 2018

One of the coolest pieces of historical propaganda I have ever come across is the Suffrage Cook Book. Way back when asking for the vote was controversial, Mrs L.O Kleber and her band of mostly female contributors put together a set of recipes which occasionally dipped into some savage irony. Part of the struggle in […]

May 14, 2018

Strangely enough, some of my earliest memories are of making scones in preschool. Whether it was a deep state plot to brainwash some colonialist heritage into toddlers or an exercise in following recipes, I did love getting my grubby fingers into the mixing bowl. From the uber traditional “plain-with-jam-and-cream” to the overpriced Welly coffee shop […]

April 30, 2018

As the sun starts setting at 5:45 and the mornings start off frostier than usual, my diet begins to look like a bear getting ready for hibernation. Lots of sugar, fats and carbs are going to pop up in the next few recipes, and this one isn’t an exception. Desserts have always been a winter […]

April 9, 2018

I’m not sure about anyone else, but my number one after school snack was a mince pie. It fired off a filling hit of carbs and protein that refuelled the brain drain of a day spent studying. Recently however, dumplings have replaced mince pies as my preferred afternoon tea. They take half the time to […]

March 19, 2018

Homemade pizza is a good way to use up random ingredients that have been hogging your fridge’s real estate. Most veg can be roasted or put on top raw. Sliced meats and even canned spaghetti can be used as a topping to work into a quick and easy meal. As I’m sure most of you […]

March 5, 2018

Serves two Usually after a few days of gorging meat and bread, I feel like I’ve fallen into five-a-day debt that even Berocca can’t save me from. This is a cheap and tasty soup that sneaks in some good veg. I can usually make this last for a dinner and a couple of lunches, but […]