What’s good, what’s in sea­son, what’s new in store? KATE FRASER has an­swers.

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fry­ing pan and cook un­til they crisp up. Also mean­while, chop the halved fen­nel bulb into tiny dice.Put all in warm pan, slish slosh over the vinai­grette and toss to mix. Grind over some pep­per and en­joy the best beans of sum­mer. An idea for older beans; boil un­til ten­der and when cool to the touch, slip off the grey skin, add a drop of best qual­ity grassy olive oil, mash lightly with some feta – not too much – and pile onto thick slices of toasted sour­dough. Voila! Beans on toast.


Wellington’s Green­gro­cer is now de­liv­er­ing his bot­tles of raw juiced fruits and vegetables to Christchurch. Bot­tle and pouch op­tions with prices and de­liv­ery de­tails can be se­lected to suit. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the­green­gro­ and Face­book. In the mean­time, give juice a chance as the song almost says, with this recipe from the green­gro­cer.


Cu­cum­bers are a bril­liant juice base for any­one avoid­ing fruit sugar. all the in­gre­di­ents are in sea­son now. PLease choose only New Zealand-grown or­ganic in­gre­di­ents. Makes about 600ml juice 2 medium-sized tele­graph or le­banese cu­cum­bers 11⁄ medium granny smith ap­ples 1 large le­mon

cos let­tuce Large hand­ful of spinach or curly kale Large hand­ful of sil­ver beet


If Christ­mas and choco­late go to­gether in your house like sleigh­bells and rein­deer, a cou­ple of new chocs on the block will please.

Count­down su­per­mar­kets have landed an ex­clu­sive 200g choco­late block from mak­ers Swiss Pre­mium. It’s made in Switzer­land by Cho­co­lat Frey in four flavours: milk, dark, fruit and nut, and de­li­cious hazel­nut. RRP $2.99 for one 200g block, or $5 for two. Sweet.

Dono­vans, the choc­cie company from Waikato, has a tooth­some range out now that looks tai­lor­made for Santa socks. One Pound boxes of cho­co­lates come in the shape of old lb weights. The name is a play on words – for those born after metric mea­sures were in­tro­duced, a pound weight was the equiv­a­lent of to­day’s 450g, or in Dono­van’s weigh­ing depart­ment 454g. Flavours in­clude a dark choco­late salt caramel and the fav after-din­ner choco­late pep­per­mint. RRP $10.99. At se­lected New World and Pak ’n Save su­per­mar­kets.

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