All posts tagged: christmas

Our Growing Edge – December 2016 – Festive Feeds

I am incredulous. How is it December already? Yesterday marked the first day of summer here in the southern hemisphere, which seems upside down to those in the north. Here we like to celebrate the holiday season with beach visits, backyard barbecues and meals eaten al fresco. This is the season for festivities…which leads me to this month’s theme for Our Growing Edge: Festive Feeds. December’s edition of Our Growing Edge is hosted by Rebecca from The Economic Foodie.  Rebecca is an economics grad from Sydney, Australia. The Economic Foodie has been going for a year and a half and includes healthy, wholesome dishes that are gentle on the pocket. Think salads with lots of colour and flavour and mostly (but not strictly) vegetarian recipes. Her mantra “Less waste, more creativity” is great for any time of year, but particularly for December which can be a little more wasteful and indulgent. If you are creating anything delicious for the holiday season, share it with Our Growing Edge. Some ideas you could try this month: Invent a recipe using up holiday leftovers Make an edible gift Host a …

Bunnies of Instagram

Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas this year from Bunny Eats Design. Here’s a round up of Instagram bunnies celebrating Christmas this year. Just because. Click on the images to view their Instagram accounts directly.   And last but not least, here are a few of Tofu over the years.  

Our Growing Edge December 2015 Intro

This month is hosted by Jazz from Dash of Jazz. The theme is NOSTALGIA. To join, click on the submission button below: We all have bucket lists. Whether they’re written down somewhere or kept in our heads and hearts. Our Growing Edge is the part of us that is still learning and experimenting. It’s the part that you regularly grow and improve, be it from real passion or a conscious effort. This blogging monthly event aims to connect and inspire us to try new things and to compile a monthly snapshot of what food bloggers are getting up to. If you have a blog and are planning to write about a new food related experience, join us! More info on the event can be found here. Our host, Jazzmine is a Texas native with Nigerian roots, loves classic Southern cooking and has suggested the theme NOSTALGIA for this month. Some ideas you could try this month: Cook a recipe you remember from childhood Make a family favourite with a new main ingredient Cook a loved one’s favourite recipe Recreate a recipe that is well …

Top gifts for Foodies at Auckland Fair

Auckland Fair is on next Sunday at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf from 10 to 4pm. Entry is $5, kids under 12 free. For those who haven’t been before, it’s a huge collection of carefully curated local makers under one roof. There will be jewellery, homewares, art, ceramics, textiles, snacks and heaps more. I’m looking forward to picking up locally made goodies for Christmas presents. Even applying a lot of self restraint, I ALWAYS end up buying some gifts for myself. I can’t help it. There’s so much awesome stuff. Buying locally this Christmas, even for a few gifts means your loved ones receive something unique and it supports small local businesses meaning this Christmas will be a little brighter for your community. I’ve rounded up a few gifts for foodies you will find at Auckland Fair. If you are not in Auckland, this list can serve as an ideas to find similar items in your area. Top gifts for foodies Ceramics A home cook can never have too many lovely bowls and plates to display their …

Monday Bunday: White Rabbit Gallery Christmas Card

Danling Xiao and Sceroz Chan are responsible for this Christmas card for White Rabbit Gallery. I love how they have used blue and red rather than the traditional green and red combo. I particularly like the rabbit having a lie down next to the table. Both The Koala and I like to do this when we’ve eaten a bit too much, although The Koala prefers face down and I prefer face up. Danling is a print designer working out of Sydney, Australia but she has roots in Hong Kong, while Sceroz Chan is based in Hong Kong. Together they are The Flying Room, an online design store full of fun and whimsy. Graphic designing/illustrating Chinese girls that like whimsical stuff? Where do I sign up? You can view this card and more of Danling Xiao’s work over on Cargo Collective here or even more work on her Behance page  here. You can view Sceroz Chan’s work over here on her Behance page.     Click here to see more editions of Monday Bunday.

Monday Bunday: A very bunny Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. Here’s a round up of some of my favourite bunny tree ornaments. Leaping Rabbit – Needle Felted Bunny Christmas Ornament $25 from Etsy Seller BossysFeltworks MarthaHoliday Arctic Rabbit Christmas Ornaments $12.79 for Set of 4 from JC Penney Bunny Rabbit in Heart by Brick Pond Ornaments $12.50 from Bunny Rabbit Cloisonne Rabbit Ornament $9.95 from China Sprout Mini Clay Chubby Bunny Ornament $15 from Etsy Seller bubbledog Christmas ornament felt Bunny with a Heart decor $15 from Etsy Seller TheOffbeatBear Bunny Rabbit Ornaments – Hand Carved From Solid Hardwood $19 for set of 5 from Etsy Seller BunnyRabbitToys Life is Good White Rabbit Christmas Ornament by Inge-Glas of Germany. $17.75 from Trendy Tree

Auckland Markets this December

For those living in Auckland, here’s my pick of city side markets where local talent will showing their wares this December. I’ve listed them in date order and the first one starts tonight in St Kevin’s Arcade on K Road and the last one is on the 23rd. Thursday 6 December 2012 First Thursday, St Kevins Arcade, K Road, 6-9pm, Friday 7 December 2012 Silo Markets, Silo Park, 5pm til late, Saturday 8 December 2012 Auckland Art & Craft Fair, Aotea Centre, 11-4pm, Silo Markets, Silo Park, 12-6pm, Mt Eden Village Craft Market, Mt Eden Village Centre, 1-4pm, Friday 14 December 2012 Christmas Markets, Aotea Square, 5-10pm, Silo Markets, Silo Park, 5pm til late, Saturday 15 December 2012 Made & Found Market, St Johns Church, Ponsonby, 1-4pm, Mt Eden Village Craft Market, Mt Eden Village Centre, 1-4pm, Silo Markets, Silo Park, 12-6pm, Christmas Markets, Aotea Square, 5-10pm, Sunday 16 December 2012 Christmas Markets, Aotea Square, 10am-5pm, Last minute rush! Sunday 23 December 2012 Beresford Square X-Mas Fair, 1 Beresford Square, 12pm-6pm, link. …

Voting dollars

Karma points. Call me a superstitious nitwit, but I believe in karma points. Karma is doing good deeds in this live for a better life in the next. But to me, karma points is doing good in this life and reaping the rewards and avoiding bad stuff happening in this life. At the very least, cosmic stuff aside, being a good person attracts other good people into your life. That is tangible. Every dollar you spend is a vote for something in the world. When you spend somewhere you don’t believe in, you’re taking a vote away from something you believe in. Shopping for locally made products is gaining momentum. Buying local made is considered a luxury these days and Christmas comes just once a year. Isn’t that Christmas a luxury? I can’t say I’m going 100% local this year, but I’m sending some of my votes that way. Shopping early and buying local makes me less stressed. Even if you don’t believe in karma, avoiding stress is easy to justify. Buy from Christchurch If …