Sally Duckworth (right) and Alisdair Ross have been escaping Wellington on the weekends for 10 years now. A research consultant and barrister, respectively, the pair bought an 1880s homestead 30km from Masterton to create a bolthole from the city. While most people might use their country weekends to read books and relax, Sally and Alisdair decided to make the most of the citrus trees on their 20 acres and make marmalade under the label Marmalada. “We wanted to focus on one thing and do it really well,” says Sally. They decided to launch their brand with savoury flavours in order to offer something a bit different, though the original inspiration came from their neighbour recounting that he used to put marmalade on his sausages at boarding school. Their savoury Tangelo & Smoked Paprika Marmalada (“best served with sausages”) picked up a gold award at last year’s World Marmalade Championships in the UK; this year, golds went to Marmalada’s Kumquat Marmalade with Vanilla, and Grapefruit Marmalade with Mint & White Rum. Sally’s background in research means every step is carefully planned, from tasting panel breakfasts in Wellington to brainstorming interesting new flavours. The couple pick the fruit and preserve together, while Alisdair has special responsibility for hand-watering the trees.
If you can’t eat dairy, Raglan Coconut Yoghurt could be your new favourite thing. Rich and creamy, it’s lightly sweetened with honey. Find it at Farro Fresh, Moore Wilson’s and other specialty food stores and cafes.