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Beekeeping in Samoa

We were extremely lucky that a speedy little horse that my dad put a bet on just before Christmas ran the race of it’s life and won him a handsome amount to cash which he very very kindly used to buy us a 5 day trip to Samoa for Christmas. We were so excited all autumn and winter, knowing that we had our first family holiday to look forward to. Samoa is a truly beautiful country and we had the most incredible time soaking up the sun, the beautiful food and the warmth and hospitality of the locals. We were also really lucky that a great friend of ours lives in Apia and knows Samoa’s resident beekeeper; Lester. She set...

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State of Play - Part 4

Well, that felt like a bloody marathon but finally we are in our West Coast Basecamp! After the last update our financial woes have eased thanks to two massive factors. The first is family; where would we be without them? Our family stepped in and supported us with a loan and they also housed us and our kids while we got the build of our shed completed. As is the usual story with building we told them we needed a place to stay for 6 weeks, and that turned into 4 months, but their support has been a true life saver. The second factor is the ANZ. A friend of ours who works for them suggested that we meet with...

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Paleo honey and seed bar

Paleo honey and seed bar I can not claim this recipe as my own at all. This is one that Rory pulled together as he has taken stay-at-home parenting to the next level. This raw, paleo, refined sugar free, kindy-friendly (aka nut-free) seed bar is tasty and good for you. Double win.   1 ripe banana 2 tablespoons coconut oil 4 tablespoons tahini 3 tablespoons honey pinch salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 100g pumpkin seeds 100g sunflower seeds 100g goji berries (or cranberries) 2 tablespoons chia seeds 4 tablespoons sesame seeds Combine the coconut oil, tahini and honey in a pot and warm until soft but not melted. Add to a food processor with all of the other ingredients and pulse...

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Pavlova with Honey Mascarpone and Figs

Pavlova with Honey Mascarpone and Figs I refuse to believe that summer is over. Despite the fact that I haven't worn anything with short sleeves for days and we have had a month's worth of rain in 3 days. Funny old thing this climate change. Before summer really packs it in, you still have time to make one last pav! This tasty honey mascarpone is rich and creamy with the sugary pavlova and figs are the very best of friends with honey. I have used preserved figs here with fresh honeycomb but fresh figs are just becoming available and they would be some much more tasty! Ingredients  6 egg whites (at room temperature) 2 cups caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla...

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State of Play - Part 3

I feel like I need to preempt this blog entry with a disclaimer. This is not meant to be a pity party for us. We don’t need help or handouts. We are ok. We really are. But I said I would be honest about our journey into small business ownership and I guess the truth is that when you start your own small business it gets a bit ugly at times. But it’s not that bad. It really isn’t. So basically since my last update, there have been some massive highs, offset by a few lows, but we are working through it! The first high was that our sales pre-Christmas went so well that we sold out of Rewarewa and...

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