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Guide to Gift Giving

Guide to Gift Giving

We don’t want to stress you out, but… Christmas is just around the corner. And along with carols on repeat in every shop, this time of year means lists to check twice, people who’ve been naughty and nice, and all manner of food to cook and serve up in time for the big day
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MEET THE MAKER Jordan Rondel: The Caker

MEET THE MAKER
Jordan Rondel: The Caker

Jordan Rondel started The Caker, her boutique baking business, when she was just 21. Seven years on, she has a stylish shop and bakery on Auckland’s Karangahape Road, where she prepares more than 20 specialty cakes (including vegan varieties), biscuits and truffles to order, and also sells her cakes and mixes online (and in our stores). The 28-year-old lives in Ponsonby, Auckland, with two flatmates. Her boyfriend is a tattoo artist who lives overseas part-time and the couple regularly meet up in Los Angeles, New York and Auckland. Read more...

Fab 5: Gadgets for Summer

In the warmer months, your kitchen kit needs to up its game as you move from home to picnic, bach, boat or campsite and long hot days at the beach. You’ll need feeding at all of these locations, and your tools need to be multipurpose and easy to use to guarantee maximum relaxation in the sun. (You also need some snazzy gifts to add to your Christmas list around this time of the year, right?). Read more...

Owning Outdoor Entertaining

The backyard barbie has been a mainstay of the Kiwi summer for decades. So long, in fact, that it’s now associated with a few unfortunate clichés – charred snags, tacky tableware and mosquito bites, to mention just a few.

But as our outdoor spaces have become an extension of our home interiors, summer barbie style has been elevated to a whole new level. We’re cooking with gas (pardon the pun) and using wood-fired pizza ovens, outdoor fires and all sorts of other equipment to up the ante when entertaining outside. Chipotle aioli, artisanal sausages and whole fish have been added to the menu alongside saveloy-style snarlers and coleslaw. Read more...

How to Plant and Use Herbs

Want to up the ante in your summer cooking? Just add herbs. From salads to stuffings, marinades to dressings, herbs lend extra freshness and punchier flavours. And they give a dish visual X-factor — a sprinkling of green makes a platter or plate look both more professional and more inviting. Read more...

Pantry Perfection

If it looks like there has been a party in your pantry and the chaos has gotten out of control, it’s time to call in the experts. In New Zealand, we are lucky to have our own home-grown, home-spun storage heroes to call upon. Agee has been keeping kitchens tidy for 95 years with its iconic glass bottles and jars, and Sistema, which had humble beginnings in a garage in Cambridge, Waikato, now exports its plastic containers to 85 countries. Its founder, Brendan Lindsay, has even been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit! Read more...

Conquering Cocktails

Conquering Cocktails

It’s been a while since the ’50s, when cocktails were shaken, stirred and sipped in bars and lounges on a nightly basis. But, happily, cocktails are making a comeback and are being styled by mixologists around the country into delicious works of art.
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Be A Better Barista

New Zealanders have a reputation as keen coffee enthusiasts (some would even say snobs, but we take it as a compliment!) and with our coffee roasters and baristas in demand internationally for their skills and knowledge, it’s fair to say we know a thing or two about a good brew.
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Acing Antipasto

Who doesn’t love a good platter? When done well, the perfect smorgasbord of nibbles should look almost too good to disturb, but entirely impossible to resist. Read more...

Host with the Utmost

With the barbecue tucked under its cover for the winter, home entertaining can take on a little more care and a touch of formality, although that doesn’t mean it needs to be too complicated or chaotic. Read more...

Secrets of a sizzlin’ summer BBQ

Summer is the perfect time to drag the barbecue out from under the house, dust it off and oil it up. Make your next barbecue a memorable event, starting with a slight change in your usual routine, a pinch of forethought, and a dash of imagination. Read more...

Setting the table for all occasions

Hosting a meal may seem like an obstacle course: Endless rows of cutlery, mounds of plates and queues of glasses are often confusing, and knowing what to use when can be something of a challenge! It’s reassuring having a basic guideline to place settings for any meal. Read more...

Understanding formal place settings

A formal occasion such as a dinner party, wedding, or anniversary dinner calls for a more understated and elegant setup of the dinnerware, glassware and cutlery. Read more...

Plan a picnic with panache

With summer fast approaching, there’s no better time to start planning your next picnic. If the word conjures up images of tiresome road trips, sandy sandwiches and unwelcome ants, try these hints to revitalise a firm summer pastime. Read more...

Planning your wedding

Whether your dream nuptials take place barefoot on a white-sand beach at sunset, or beneath the jewel-toned stained-glass windows of a towering cathedral, few occasions in life are the subject of as much planning, preparation, and investment as a wedding. Read more...

Wedding gift registry dos and don’ts

What exactly is a gift registry? Simply put, it’s an inventory that the bride and groom compile with one or more stores, most often a supplier of homewares, listing all of their desired gifts. Guests are able to access this registry, either online via the store’s website or by visiting the store, and then may select a gift they would like to buy. Read more...

Creative cake pops

Described as adorable treats, amazing creations and over-the-top morsels by those in the know, cake pops are the latest craze to hit the dessert scene. Read more...