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  • Love New Zealand Peaches

    Few things make me feel summer has really arrived like fresh stone fruit do, not surprising then they are also known as summerfriut. No stone fruit are native to New Zealand. Peaches, nectarines and plums all originated in China, with another variety of plum coming from middle Europe and cherries are native to the Caspian-Black Sea region. How exotic. We can possibly thank James Cook, or an early whaling gang for New Zealand’s first peach orchard planted around 1840.

  • Left-over Fruit Juice

    Trudy D has a great tip to use up the drained peach juice in this recipe; freeze juice from drained Wattie’s fruit in ice-cube trays&add to cold water to jazz it up your drinks.

  • Fruity Sorbet

    Catherine H sent in this delicious tip. Pop a tin of Wattie’s fruit into the freezer overnight. Take off the top and bottom with can opener and push the frozen fruit and juice out of the can with wooden spoon. Use a stick blender, food processor or blender and whiz the frozen fruit into a delicious sorbet. Dairy free and fat free too.

  • Tart Tip

    Wendy has sent us this tip: Make and bake little pastry cases in advance and keep in the freezer. When you need to take a plate, fill with creamy or chocolatey filling and fruit while still frozen - this helps keep the tartlets cold when transporting.

  • Apples & Oranges

    When stewing apples use the juice of oranges off your tree instead of water. Tastes good and you do not need to use sugar for sweetening. Thanks Val C for this tip.

  • Mash & Corn

    Beryl L suggested jazzing up potato by mashing it with butter then adding a drained can of Wattie’s Whole Kernel Corn. Yum.

  • Gardening

    Hopefully those of you who were able to plant a garden last spring are enjoying the “fruits of your labours” as the expression goes.

    If this is your first time, well done and hope you found it enjoyable. If things didn’t go to plan just remember good gardeners didn’t get there by luck but by learning from each season.

  • Grinder Tip

    Joel's Tip for this week is; When grinding salt or pepper onto something hot, tilt the grinder on an angle. This stops condensation building up inside the grinder and restricting the flow.

  • The Healthy Lunch Fix

    Nothing for lunch, so you rush next door to the takeaway shop or grab something late afternoon from the vending machine? We all seem to be so busy these days that we either miss lunch or grab something from the local café or takeaway shop that’s not very healthy and costs far too much! But with just a bit of planning you can prepare yourself a lunch that’s tasty, healthy and will save you some dollars.

  • Potato Tip

    Thanks to Elizabeth D for this tip: To help scrub clean our lovely new potatoes, buy a cheap pair of exfoliating gloves, and with both hands in the gloves, you can have the potatoes clean in no time.