Andean superfood quinoa grown in Taihape
A little experiment with a superfood has turned into a win-win business for a young farming couple.
Recipe: Fermented beetroot
Try fermenting beetroot to add to your next burger or salad rather than opening a can of the sliced stuff.
Mixed berry & apple yoghurt cake
This yummy berry and apple cake can be served warm like a pudding, or cold with lashings of yoghurt.
How to make pumpkin pie in NZ
How to make the classic North American dessert using New Zealand produce.
Water cooler: long weekend movies and wild Waikato roads
This week in the water cooler: we review McLaren and Wonder Woman, avoid some nasty slips in the Waikato and put porridge to the test.
Growing kale over winter
If you’re a bit bored by cabbage for your winter garden, its ‘cousin’ kale is a great-looking, great-tasting alternative.
Tips for your best broccoli crop
Broccoli has hit sky-high prices in supermarkets - so why not try growing your own?
Rigatoni con Salsiccia Siciliana e zucchine
This is a simple dish, yet to do it well you need to concentrate.
Recipe: Spanish cream
This recipe comes from Jersey Girl Organics, winner of the Dairy Primary category of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.
Wild mushroom risotto with prawns and hot-smoked guanciale
This recipe by The Prodigal Daughter founder, Rachel Priestly showcases her own Italian- styled cured meats.
Full list of winners for the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards
NZ Life & Leisure proudly supports the annual Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. With 150 entries, from the Catlins to Kaitaia, the judges were spoilt for choice.
Vanilla pear, parma ham and blue cheese salad
This recipe by The Mountain Cafe's Kirsten Gilmour is perfect for a light, fresh, lunch or evening salad.
16 baking ideas for the long weekend
Having guests around for the long weekend? We're serving up some baking inspiration.
The brewery that uses wild yeast from Kapiti Island
The wild yeasts of Kapiti Island star in a new brew from a Waikanae company known for its barrel-fermented sour beers.
A healthy food plan for post-emergency power cuts
Food in a refrigerator won’t last long without power so plan your food usage carefully to avoid contamination.
Scientists explore cancer-fighting properties of heritage apples
An everyday accountant is working with New Zealand scientists to explore the disease-fighting properties of heritage apples and orange tomatoes.
The mischievous goats behind an award-winning cheese
Naughty yet loveable, the Goodman family’s goats are not just pets but the raw and rather vocal talent in a cheesemaking success story.
Gluten-free bread business on the rise
An Auckland entrepreneur is earning a crust with a clever bread mix business.
Yes, this is actually a cucumber
If you like the long green cucumbers, you're going to love these extraordinary orbs.
5 weird but really tasty things to make using basil
If you only think pesto when you think of basil, Jenny has some recipes to tickle your tastebuds.
5 bright and beautiful vegetables to plant now
If you love a plate full of colour, why not try planting some of the more bright winter vegetables?
Water cooler: lettuce soup and pumpkin growing tips
It's a garden harvest special in this week's water cooler as we share tips for growing pumpkins, harvesting fruit and transforming mature lettuce into a delicious soup.
We try NZ's top artisan cheese
Nadene Hall samples New Zealand's top artisan cheese and comes away smiling.
Berry Frozen Yoghurt
During our March/April 2017 issue, all subscribers (new, current and renewing) will be in the draw to win one of two Vitamix Professional Series 750, valued at $1595 each. Here is something delicious the winners will be able to create.
Recipe: Chocolate peanut butter cookies with salted date filling
These chewy and gooey bite-size sweet treats are not only delicious, but gluten-free.
Two fab fig recipes
Kristina Jensen shares two fab fig recipes and the secrets for ensuring they always taste delicious.
How to choose the right fruit species
You probably shouldn't try growing mangoes if you live in the South Island but don't give up on dreams of citrus, tamarilloes and nashi pears.
The colourful history of carrots
The carrot might seem like one of those boring but reliable veges, but they have a colourful past and a much brighter future in terms of health and organic growing.
How Monique Fiso is raising the bar on Maori cuisine
Monique Fiso is one of the most innovative young chefs in Maori and Pacific cuisine, but it took a job halfway around the world for her to discover her true passion.
Recipe: honey rice crisps
Use a mild-flavoured honey, such as blue borage, in this toasted sesame version of the classic treat.
3 modern food forests
We take a guided tour through three very different food forests at different stages in their lifecycle.
When is a peach a plum?
Peacherines and nectarines are peach-plum crosses, but there's some debate as to whether they are the same thing.
A garden lover's pesto
Basil, parsley, rocket - use whatever greens you have growing in your garden to make this zesty pesto.
How to start small in the cheese business
Many people have a dream to become artisan cheesemakers. It was 20 years in the making for Adrian and Jill Walcroft of Cartwheel Creamery, but they’re maturing nicely.
Couple switch corporate life for barrels of rum
An Anglo-American couple find their adventurous spirit by swapping international careers for a Golden Bay distillery and its stock of barrel-aged rum.
Recipe: Chilled cucumber soup
Do you have borage growing in your garden? Try using the petals in this refreshing summer soup.
Martinborough firm riding Mexican wave
Surf-loving foodies Jason and Melissa Philips downsized and relocated to the Wairarapa to give their hand-rolled burrito business the best chance of catching a big break.
Recipe: Date and Almond Bliss Balls
These date & almond balls are super easy-to-make recipe and are one of my favourites. They are delicious, bite sized, healthy snacks that I can whip up, freeze and grab when needed, and my kids love them!
Why you need to give kale another chance
Kale is a trendy healthy option but it can be tough and chewy if not handled with care. Jenny Somervell shares her tips on when to plant and harvest kale and how to cook it properly.
Recipe: Balsamic strawberry bruschetta
If you're looking for something fresh and fancy for Christmas lunch this year, give this balsamic strawberry bruschetta a go.
Zesty scallop and microgreen salad
These zesty summer flavours are the perfect partner for microgreens.
Recipe: Strawberry salad.
Don't reserve strawberries just for pavlova - liven up your salads with a few colourful berries.
Blackcurrant and Honey Bliss Balls
Looking for a treat? These bliss balls will satisfy any sweet craving.
12 tips to cooking the perfect Christmas turkey
Don't end up with a dried out bird on Christmas Day. Here's 12 tips to ensure your turkey is cooked to perfection.
How to create the perfect salad
A salad is the celebration of homegrown, leafy vegetables but there’s an art to mixing the perfect salad.
This root is the secret to cooking authentic Thai at home
This root is a spicy little cousin of ginger and a great addition to the garden, especially if you love Thai cooking.
How to make Green Tea Smoked Beef
The Pitches Store chef shares his award-winning recipe for Green Tea Smoked Silver Fern Farms Reserve Beef with Beetroot Mustard.
Recipe: Danish crackers
We shared lunch this week, celebrating yet-another milestone, but we would never need a reason to sit down to Rebecca’s crackers.
The quick and slow of Christmas cakes
There is always an easy way and a hard way to do something, and Christmas cake is no different.
Can you grow juniper berries in NZ?
Juniper berries aren't typically found in your average kitchen, but this exotic fruit offers a flavour that jumps out at you and can add that extra punch needed to spice up a dish.
A guide to growing hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are still a niche product in New Zealand but they have the potential to be the country’s main nut crop.
Recipe: Fish caldine curry
Seafood is found in abundance in Goan cuisine. The curry gets its colour from turmeric, one of the stars of the spice world, and has a hint of sweetness from the coconut.
The 10 best lettuces for a 365-day salad supply
Jenny Somervell selects the best lettuces to grow this summer (and the rest of the year).
Recipe: Salted Caramel + Chocolate Chip Cookie
Salted caramel is all the rage at the moment. Yet to be converted? These cookies from Bluebells Cakery and Karla Goodwin may just tempt you over the line.
New Zealand sake scoops international award
New Zealand-made Zenkuro sake is ranked among the world's best.
Recipe: Blue cheese stuffed apples
This is a gorgeous and simple alternative to the traditional after-dinner cheese board.
The tweet that transformed a cheese business
Mt Eliza raw milk cheese has been described by one foodie as like watching colour television after years of black and white.
How a coffee addiction led to a tea business
Wellington tea maker’s three herbal blends are led by gut instinct, ensuring what’s tasty also nurtures body and mind.
A beginner's foray into pickled onions
Urban eco warrior, DIY enthusiast and experimental cook, Jessica Rose finds herself in a pickle.
Recipe: Banana bread waffles
For organic month, Kiwi firm, All Good Organics shares with us a recipe for delicious banana bread waffles and whipped coconut cream
Finding work/life balance
A personal quest for work/life balance is at the core of a new restaurant and wellness centre run by a top chef and his yogi wife.
Recipe: 5 Seed Sourdough
This delicious wheat free bread takes a little planning but is easy to make.
Take a leek & make a cake
Leeks are a vegetable that Kristina loves and hates, and then she gets baking.
Grow your own ginkgo tea
This tree species survived the annihilation of dinosaurs and is still a garden favourite and makes a good cuppa too.
Recipe: chocolate stout cake
Kristina Jenson brews up some great beer-based recipes, including a fabulously decadent chocolate cake.
Three amazing parsnip recipes
Don't overlook this gourmet low calorie vegetable. Jenny Somervell shares three tasty parsnip recipes.
Turn this peel into a cake
Don't throw away your banana peels, they are the secret ingredient in this cake.
The perfect cup of tea
New Zealand has a good climate for growing tea. Here's our guide to making the perfect cuppa from garden to table.
3 easy beetroot recipes
Easy to grow and delicious, beetroot are a versatile vegetable in the kitchen.
Recipe: Thai fish pie
An Asian spin on a winter Kiwi classic from Japanese-born cooking tutor Sachie Noumura.
Maori macadamia industry tough to crack
Vanessa Hayes, aka the Nut Lady, is on a mission to establish a nut industry for Maori on the East Coast.
How to cook with a tagine
The accidental inheritance of a tagine has meant more food experiments for Jenny Somervell and Chef Ken.
From a crop of potatoes to a booming enterprise
Starting with a single crop of potatoes, a Gisborne farmer has created one of New Zealand's largest and most innovative horticultural businesses.
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