What’s good, what’s in season, what’s new in store? KATE FRASER has answers.
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.
IT’S EASY GOING GREEN
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 thegreengrocer.kiwi and Facebook. In the meantime, give juice a chance as the song almost says, with this recipe from the greengrocer.
GREENGROCER’S SUMMER DETOX JUICE
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.