Category Archives: Reader questions


A reader has asked for suggestions on how to make porridge more appealing. If you have a favourite tip, please share it here    

Butter or oil?

Laura from Paeroa has a question: I would like to do some baking however butter is so expensive at the moment. I would like recipes that use oil instead of butter. Unless someone knows how much oil to use to replace, for example, say 250 grams of butter in a biscuit recipe? Could you replace […]

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 […]

Glycerine cleaner?

PAL from Christchurch is asking for help. “Many years ago I recall a mixture I made up and wiped over clean windows. This helped prevent condensation from forming on them. I have asked several friends and they seem to think I may have dreamed it. But not at all. I recall making this mixture up […]

Community barter?

Declan from Christchurch has this question: “Hi there. I keep hearing about how barter is a great way of doing things. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to barter on facebook barter groups. Admittedly, they do seem to have very low memberships. How do other people go about bartering?”

Low cost kids party?

A reader has written in asking if anyone has ideas for fun, no or low-cost activities for a child’s party. If you have some ideas, new and old, that will make for a memorable kids’ party then let us know. We like the idea of themed parties, like a mad scientist theme, where kids dress […]

Itchy Westie dog

Does anyone own a Westie dog who has a very bad itch and found something that either cures it or relieves the scratching? We have been advised to put ours on steroids for the rest of his life and really don’t want to. Westies are prone to a bad itch so we have been told […]

New Zealand spinach

BT from Rotorua asks: “Regarding your article on NZ native spinach, can this be used raw in a salad, or does it have to be cooked? I like spinach in my green salads.” It can be used in the same way one would use spinach. Some people recommend boiling the leaves for two to three minutes […]