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She couldn’t resist the bunny in the freezer, but Ooooby saved the day

Submitted by on April 10, 2015 – 3:01 pm 6 Comments

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By Jana Harrison of team ‘Janabanana’, Auckland

They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in theHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.

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What a terrible terrible week on the Challenge it has been. Everything has gone pear shaped and that would be a pear not within a 200km radius of here. Easter,visitors, invitations out and feeling poorly have overthrown all my resolve and good intentions.

I started out well, the chocolate bunny went into the freezer for safety. Sadly this was not enough and he was duly devoured …..oooops. There have been a few other mishaps, all dutifully recorded in the food diary.

Going forward I think the two main difficulties for me will be

Managing socialising invitations/ eating out Having to cook most things from scratch

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On the happy side, I love ooooby How easy is that. A box came this week packed with super fresh fruit and veges, lots of which were organic and everything bar the carrots was within the zone.

I am really excited now orchard mandarins from Mareana in Coromandel, apples and pears, regulation pears this time, from Graham in Coatsville are all back on the menu. Thank you for taking some of the thinking and sourcing over ooooby. Although I am still wondering what to do with those chestnuts.

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  • Clayton McErlane says:

    Scribe a cross in the top of the chestnut then Roast the on a bbq till blistered, let them cool a liitle, scoop out the flesh and add to a rich pumpkin or kumera soup, drizzle with olive oil, super delicious!!!!!

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  • jana says:

    Eating out solution for Auckland we are going to try out Hectors tonight. Most food on the menu is sourced within 50 km. Excited to not be cooking 🙂

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  • jana says:

    Chestnuts sound super yum I was also wondering about trying to make a nut butter as am really missing peanut butter

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  • Charlotte says:

    Great idea to try them, I’ve always wanted to experience the joy of chestnuts. I tried to cook them once but they were horrible. i’d love to see a video of you giving it a go Jana 🙂 I mean cooking and eating!

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  • jana says:

    We had great fun cooking and videoing it with much snorting and laughter from the behind camera team. And they were really nice so most of them got eaten hot from the oven. I did manage to keep some back for a beetroot soup. We now need to find more for a honey nut butter we want to make and did try foraging in The Domain but were hampered by not knowing what a chestnut tree looks like. A job for google 🙂

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  • Loretta says:

    Good to hear you liked the Takapuna Market. It’s so true about the local multiplier effect. Seems like a no brainer when you factor that in to your shopping equation. When you compare that with giving your money to an Australian supermarket chain, it’s really good there are alternatives.

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