Fads and faves
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.
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
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.