Monthly Archives: October 2015

Going bananas

This week we go bananas, but before doing so, here are a couple of questions from readers that you may be able to help with – and a tip. Warren from Tauranga asks, “Does anyone know how to kill aphids on a swan plant bush, without killing the caterpillars?” If you can help out Warren, […]

The Great Kiwi Burger Competition

This summer we are going to have The Great Kiwi Burger Competition again. If you have a favourite gourmet burger recipe, then please send it in. What a treat for a summer evening – a gourmet burger, curly chips, copious blobs of tomato sauce, and a side salad freshly picked from the garden. Kiwilicious! – […]

Heza, Manurewa.

To make hummus all you need is 1 tin of chickpeas, 5 cloves of garlic, and the juice from 1 lemon. Whiz them together in blender, place on plate add a tablespoon of oil. And we are all set to spread!

Oily ragger, Up North

To make hummus you need 300g of cooked chickpeas (buying a can is a heck of a lot easier than preparing the chickpeas yourself). Drain the chickpeas, add a couple of cloves of crushed garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or paprika if you want something milder), two tablespoons of olive oil, and […]

Tomato lover

Tomato lover has sent in this tip for using dried tomatoes. “To make sun-dried tomato hummus, cheaper than store bought, make a basic hummus recipe and add 5-6 chopped sun-dried tomatoes, with some of the oil from the jar. Whip up into a creamy delicious hummus mix in the food processor.”

M.E., Auckland.

Buy fresh or frozen whole chickens on special and cut them up yourself. It is so easy, and you get 2 full chicken breasts, 2 thighs, 2 wings, 2 drumsticks and a carcass for chicken stew and dumplings. Cooking for one, a chicken can last me up to two weeks. I also get 3 servings […]

B.W., Auckland.

This recipe is quick and easy to make and is yummy too. For a family of four, you will need: a regular can of baked beans, 4 to 6 cooked sausages, sliced thinly, a bell pepper, diced (you could use 1/2 red pepper and 1/2 green pepper for added colour), and some lettuce leaves (stacked […]