Trisha’s Focaccia Bread

I’ve had quite a few emails asking for Trisha’s (from Naturally By Trisha) focaccia bread recipe that was mentioned in her blog about the delicious hummus a couple of weeks back, so here it is. Focaccia bread will always turn any meal into a special event…. it takes no time at all to make and it’s super easy. Everyone loves this focaccia …

 

 

Get Out Of My Garden Pesky Pukeko

I’ve always loved our native Pukeko (until recently) with the vibrant colours, the cute little white bum, and distinctive call. They stick together as a family and baby Pukeko are super cute; we’ve all seen the Genesis advert with the two adult Pukeko painting a road crossing for their lovely little baby. So adorable right? But then they grow up, …

 

 

No More Onion Tears

Did you know that if you freeze your onion for 15 minutes before cutting it you’ll have less tears? This is because the chilled onion cells are slower to react with the air and therefore release less enzymes, this method also removes some of the onion odour. Leave the outside protective layer on the onion and take off once it’s out …

 

 

DIY Natural Calamine Lotion

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in a bottle of calamine lotion? Depending on which brand you choose they can contain iron oxide, ferric oxide, fragrance, and phenol which has been banned in many countries for its organ system toxicity and bioaccumulation. Yuk, surely there’s natural version. I went through some old recipe books and our archives and found …

 

 

Eggless Orange Loaf Cake

This week I have another eggless recipe to share. I’m really enjoying going through the recipes and still have a few to try. I’m not entirely sure that I made this one correctly as my cake came out more like a loaf, however it tasted great when toasted so I’m going to say it was still a success. The recipe …

 

 

Cleaning Green

Our guest blogger this week is Jenny Mc Gee who has shared her article on cleaning green, this is a good reminder of easy ways we can all clean green at home.  If there’s any reason to not use cleaning products which contain toxic chemicals then recent results from a study by Dr. Cecile Svanes of the University of Bergen …

 

 

Pick Free Fruit!

This is an interesting idea that I heard about through www.neighbourly.co.nz. If you have a tree laden with fruit or nuts, or an abundance of vegetables or herbs, you can share the location on the New Zealand Fruit and Food Share Map. Once you have listed what’s available, when it’s in season, and approximately where the tree or garden is …

 

 

5 Yoga Poses To Soothe Sciatic Pain

Back pain really is a pain, especially sciatica. Grant suffers from this on and off depending on how active he is (throwing himself around as a goalkeeper for 30 plus years has aggravated the issue). These days he gets it more from slouching on the couch… His words, not mine! He’s now changed things up a bit and is doing Krav …

 

 

Trisha’s Homemade Hummus

You’re going to love this delicious hummus recipe from Trisha from Naturally By Trisha who makes our gorgeous lip balms, baby balm, and her own range of healing balms. Made from a handful of ingredients, it can be whipped up in minutes and is vastly superior in both taste and health-factor to the store-bought variety. “I spent this morning making …