Cupboard Love: May 29
If you're planning to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee with high tea this weekend, add a regal touch with crown-shaped shortbread. This crown cutter ($4.50 from The Pretty Baker) will do the trick nicely.
This Saturday, June 2, is a national holiday in Italy. Celebrate the Festa della Repubblica by treating yourself to the gorgeous olive leaf artisan pasta from I Due Pastori. The delicately patterned leaves are best with something simple, like a drizzle of garlic-infused extra virgin olive oil and a scattered handful of grated parmesan. I Due Pastori Pasta D'Italia Olive Leaves (RRP $11.90 for 500g) available from Farro Fresh in Auckland and selected stockists nationwide.
ANOTHER ITALIAN JOB
I find the endless stirring involved in making risotto to be one of the most tedious kitchen jobs of all time. Ferron Carnaroli rice has changed my life. With this rice, you don't need to be chained to the stove - all you need to do is 'toast' the rice first in some butter or olive oil, then pour in the stock, give it a quick stir and clamp on the lid. Then you can sit down with a glass of wine for 15 minutes. Take the lid off, give it a stir and dinner is ready. Perfect! Ferron Carnaroli Risotto Rice (RRP $18.50 for one kilo) is available from sabato.co.nz.
Winter officially begins on Friday and the cold weather is already beginning to bite. If coughs and colds are getting you down, you need a nourishing tonic (not the sort that comes with gin). Bees Blessing's 'Knock Your Socks Off' is a super-gingery, slightly less sweet, version of their classic and all-natural lemon, honey and ginger cordial. Splash some into a mug of hot water and recline on the sofa. We promise you'll feel better. Bees Blessing Knock Your Socks Off (RRP $12.90) is available from selected stockists nationwide.
Why read tea leaves when you can look to the stars every time you reach for your coffee mug? This set of four 'Lucky Stars' country mugs ($59.97) from Little White Box will brighten the dullest morning.