Excursion off State Highway 2 (SH2): to Ormondville, Takapau, and Waipukurau

  My friend and I travel the Palmerston North–Napier State Highway (SH2) frequently, sticking to the main route so as to arrive at our destination ASAP (with only one regular stop for coffee!), but lately there have been murmurings that we should get to know a bit of the countryside that we zoom past so […]

Spinach and Cream Cheese Gems

  This recipe was originally called “Wild Oats Vege Muffins” after the cafe Wild Oats in Carterton in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. The recipe was published in a newspaper a couple of years ago. I cut it out and kept it as it looked like a recipe that would make muffins or gems […]

Te Mata Figs

tematafigs.co.nz   On a summer day my friend and I took a trip out to Havelock North to visit Te Mata Figs on Napier Road.  Fresh figs are difficult to find in this country, so earlier in the year my friend and I bought a fig tree. Our Brunoro Black fig has now sprouted up […]