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Honey and Kawakawa Mulled Wine

Nothing quite warms your cockles in winter like a good mulled wine. At the Hamilton Farmers market the guy two stalls down from me always has a crock pot full of it that he sells during the day and every time he takes the lid off that crock pot it gets me thinking about making my own mulled wine. We gave this recipe a crack last week while we were away in Ohakune sitting next to a huge crackling fire, playing scrabble while the wintery weather blustered outside. I don't know if it was the setting, or the delicious combo of peppery kawakawa and smooth sweet honey that made it taste so good. Give it a go and let us...

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Honey Pumpkin Pie

Honey Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin pie is so under-rated in NZ. There is just something so quintessentially...American, about that sweet, cinnamon-ey, caramel, pumpkin flavour that makes you want to hunker down and get all cosy. Winter flavour at it's finest. You can use store bought pastry for this recipe (as I usually do) or make your own - the filling is gluten free so you could easily switch out the pastry to match. Ingredients 1 packet sweet short pastry 2 cups peeled, cooked (steamed or roasted) and mashed pumpkin 6 tablespoons of honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup cream 2 eggs, lightly beaten Roll out the pastry and use it to line a greased...

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State of Play 7: 13 lessons learned after 2 years in business

State of Play 7 13 lessons learned after 2 years of small business ownership You have to need it to work; wanting it to work isn’t enough. You have to have something riding on your business’s success. Quit your job, sell your house, do something that forces you to have to make it work. Running a business is hard and if you have a Plan B, you will probably go for it at some point. Be prepared to make sacrifices. Lots of them. You will work lots more hours than you will get paid for, you will work on weekends, you might have to sell your house, or your car, or something else to make your business work. Be prepared...

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Fig and Honey Tart

Fig and honey tart Fig season is a firm favourite in my calendar. Juicy, mild, fragrant figs are a delicious match with honey. This tart is perfect for these longer autumn evenings when watermelon and ice-cream dripping out of the cone gets replaced with real puddings and we start to hunker down for the winter; just like the bees are doing. Ingredients 1 block of store bought sweet short pastry (or make your own - you will be rewarded with a much better taste) 4 figs 2-3 tablespoons honey Frangipane 60g butter 2 tbsp honey 1 egg 3/4 cup ground almonds 2  tsp flour   Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Roll the pastry out to about 5mm thick and use...

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State of Play 6

Just before Christmas, a customer at a market walked up to me boldly and proclaimed “so what are you spending all your money on then? You beekeepers are rolling in it”. I just smiled and replied “gold bricks to pave the driveway to our mansion”. If only he knew…. Things have been fairly quiet on the Hunt and Gather front as of late. We went mad with markets leading up to Christmas, with 2-3 and sometimes even 4 a week to capture the spending frenzy leading up to the big day. It was the first time that we had done any Christmas markets and it was great to get a feel for how the markets go at that time of...

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