Relaxing picnics and scrummy barbecues exude that special Kiwi summer feeling – no span of warm, sunny days is complete without a barbecue, or a picnic at least. Over the past couple of centuries outdoor eating has become a novel activity for many people, reserved for recreation or special occasions, alone or with company. As... Continue Reading →

Tales of Kiwi Grub

As with every culture, the world of Kiwi food has had its mainstays, and it’s also had some strange fads along the way. The culinary landscape of Ashburton today reflects how we eat a wider range of food now than ever before. You can obtain and eat virtually anything you’d want to eat here (within... Continue Reading →

‘As with the commander of an army, or the leader of an enterprise, so is it with the mistress of a house.’ These are the opening words of Mrs Beeton’s famous Book of Household Management, published in 1861. More than just a cookbook, this manual of life showed the newly married Victorian woman how to... Continue Reading →

Easter treats and predictions

For many who will suffer a ‘chocolate overdose’ this Easter, it’s probably hard to imagine that it wasn’t always predicted to become such a sweet holiday. On March 31, 1894, the Ashburton Guardian boldly claimed what was by then no doubt a widely a shared belief that, “Easter eggs are now a thing of the... Continue Reading →

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