Author Archives: reader

Brussel sprouts

Doug writes, last week I brought some Brussel sprouts that were really bitter so put a teaspoon of golden syrup in with them made them really sweet. Sugar did not work on these ones as they were really bitter.

Regular petrol

TB from Blenheim writes, on the face of it, then, a motorist would seem ill-advised to use regular petrol in a car with a high-compression engine. That was certainly the case in the past. But cars today have sensors that listen carefully for the knocking sound, and instantly retard the ignition system when they detect […]

Rewena bread

Raywyn from Tauranga says, I used to make rewena bread years ago, I would use half the dough and fed the other half, but I can’t remember what I did. That way you had a plant going all the time

Soap nuts

If anyone is thinking of using soap nuts as an alternative to commercial laundry powder, be sure to remove them before the rinse cycle or you’ll end up like me with brown stains on your washing. I followed the directions on the pack precisely which included putting the nuts in the bag provided & not […]

Bitter Brussel sprouts

Last week I brought some Brussel sprouts that were really bitter so put a teaspoon of golden syrup in with them made them really sweet. Sugar did not work on these ones as they were really bitter. Cheers. Doug.

Pinging and petrol

TB from Blenheim writes, “On the face of it, then, a motorist would seem ill-advised to use regular petrol in a car with a high-compression engine. That was certainly the case in the past. But cars today have sensors that listen carefully for the knocking sound, and instantly retard the ignition system when they detect […]

Re-knit woollen garments

G Ma from Kaikohe writes “Over 40 years ago I too used to re-knit old woollen garments into multi-colored tops for the children. The problem was they didn’t want to be seen dead in them. Sooo shameful.”

Free plants

Dandelion Farm from Whangarei writes, Most gardeners we have found are generous with plant sharing because nature provides an abundance. My husband helps prune people’s fruit trees and if they have a good variety he takes cutting material away. Often we see a plant we like which is in seed and ask the gardener for […]

Malt Meal Wafer recipe?

Faye from Hastings asks: “Has anyone mastered a replica recipe for Malt Meal Wafers? They are a large square lain biscuit that was lovely and buttery. You can no longer buy them and I cannot find anything online. I would really like to make some.” We understand Griffins used to make them but stopped doing so […]

Keeping to a list

SW from Christchurch writes: I have found that with online shopping I stick to exactly what is on my list so stick to my budget. Apart from the sweets/snack aisle I look at!