Fresh Pantry

Fresh FYI: Cool Cucumbers

Which vege can? The cucumber can. What a little gem the cucumber is. I will certainly be planting these in the vege garden as soon...

Fresh FYI: Agave Syrup

What is Agave Syrup? When you hear the word Agave, you might think of a large, pointy leafed garden succulent. Or if you like to...

Fresh FYI: Biltong

What is biltong? Where is it from and why am I hearing so much about this cured meat lately? Well South African New Zealanders...

Fresh FYI: Mirin

What is mirin? To put it simply, mirin is a sweet rice wine sauce. It is made from rice, water and koji (aspergillus oryzae) which...

Fresh FYI: Walnuts

Walnuts, it seems you either love ‘em or you hate them. Personally I find it hard to see the point of an afghan without...

Fresh FYI: What exactly is pepper?

We use it everyday. It's the world's most popular spice- yes beating salt! It speeds up the metabolism and jzooshes up those yummy kitchen...

Fresh FYI: Cardamom

Foodwriter, author and cookery teacher Marlena Spieler gives you a rundown on the deep, perfumed, sweet spice that is cardamom. In all my years of...