Health & Lifestyle

Nutrition - More on fabulous fibre

You may remember in my previous article (MM Feb 3), I briefly discussed how fibre (prebiotics) feeds our gut bacteria. There wasn’t enough room there to delve into all the fabulous effects that fibre has, so I am now going to tell you a little more...... Read More

Cuisine - Foraging in Matakana

It’s amazing to think that when you are making something like a green salad or a delicious smoothie, you can pop out to your back lawn and find a few tasty greens – which you may have always thought of as weeds – to add flavour and interest...... Read More

Vaccine worries addressed

The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was developed quickly – so how can it still be safe? It is a question I get asked a lot and, truth be told, was one of my own major concerns, so I decided to find out how this could be correct. First and foremost,...... Read More

Anzac cookies

Straight from the ovens of Magnolia Kitchen in Silverdale comes this old favourite, Anzac biscuits. Timing prep/mixing approx. 40 mins Makes: approx. 18 cookies Ingredients 115g butter, at room temperature 110g brown sugar 85g golden syrup 1 egg 1/2...... Read More

Picking food battles

With children and food, pick your battles wisely. When I first became a mum, I was full of ideals about how I would feed my children. I had fruit and vegie purees ready to go in the freezer (homemade of course!). I had bought and read all the books and...... Read More

Homebuilders - Understanding your child’s brain

Here at Homebuilders, we are passionate about supporting families to positively impact the lives of children, young people and families. We offer emotional and practical support, but we also aim to provide education to deepen understanding and help families...... Read More

Health - Missing minerals in our soil

It is a lovely idea that we can get all the nutrition we need from the food we eat. However, to achieve this we have to be very well informed and very purposeful in what we do with respect to the food we grow, buy and prepare. Furthermore, if we have...... Read More

Cuisine - The science of baking

It may be anxiety or a new habit, but the recent short and sharp lockdown again brought out the baker in all of us. My local supermarket was restricting bags of flour and sugar to two per customer within an hour of the announcement that we were going...... Read More

Science - Crisis management

In recent years, we have seen the world, including New Zealand, exposed to a series of major crises: Covid-19, climate change and plastics waste. These crises are all global and not just regional in nature. We need to remind ourselves of the wise dictum:...... Read More

Care needed with social media

Social media – love it or hate it, there is no denying it plays a huge role in our lives.  As we recently had another lockdown, I thought I would bring to your attention some New Zealand-based research into social media use and mental health. When...... Read More