Fads and faves

The Press - Zest - - Zest - By Kate Fraser

GOOD OIL

Fancy knock­ing back a tot of olive oil? You might, once the smooth taste of Alfa One lec­cino hits the taste­buds. It’s a cold­pressed ex­tra vir­gin olive oil grown in a big (over 100,00 trees) grove in Aus­tralia by Ital­ian own­ers. The re­quest for a con­stant sup­ply of fresh oils was the driver, and the re­sult is re­ally good. Oil from the first press is stored in a cool, dark place, then bot­tled ev­ery two months or less, ac­cord­ing to de­mand. It can be used for cook­ing at low tem­per­a­tures, but re­ally shines as a dress­ing. Bet­ter yet, it is widely avail­able. In su­per­mar­kets, 750ml, rrp $11.99.

HAUT OAT

Another good farm­ers’ mar­ket suc­cess story comes from Amanda Ewing in Thames. Fam­ily time in Scot­land con­vinced Amanda that the oat­cakes she baked for her mar­ket stall were true to tra­di­tion, so she de­cided to grasp the com­mer­cial met­tle. Her Hum­ble Oat­cakes (bis­cuits if you’re from south of the bor­der) are def­i­nitely the real deal. The pack­ag­ing has changed from ye olde vac­uum bag to biodegrad­able card­board, keep­ing the oat­cakes fresher and ready to be topped with cheese, or sal­mon and cream cheese if you’re not a diehard tra­di­tion­al­ist. Avail­able at Bal­lan­tynes and Can­ter­bury Cheese­mon­gers, rrp $9.50

THINK­ING CHRIST­MAS

This Christ­mas, TEAR Fund New Zealand would like us to shop from its Gift for Life cat­a­logue and se­lect a gift that will help a fam­ily in the de­vel­op­ing world have a bet­ter qual­ity of life. New Zealand woman Sharon Raath says that when she re­ceived a Gift for Life card (her grand­son sent the card with the de­tails of who re­ceived the gift), it was her most thought­ful gift ever. ‘‘I don’t need any more things; an ex­pe­ri­ence of chang­ing another per­son’s life is price­less.’’ A gift of san­dals from the cat­a­logue to Marie, a school­girl in the Philip­pines meant be­ing able to walk to school with­out her feet be­ing cut. ‘‘It takes two hours, the road is stony and there are rivers too. Thanks to my new san­dals, my feet are now pro­tected.’’ says Marie. TEAR Fund’s Gift for Life Christ­mas cards can be bought on­line through gift­for­life.co.nz or by phon­ing 0800 800 777. Please check the web­site and con­sider a gift.

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