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Tasty PotsIt's so good to see some healthy alternatives for ready-meals these days. These meals from Tasty Pot are a great little find. They truly are very tasty and deceptively filling - I could only manage 2/3 of a pot for lunch. There's lots of gluten-free or vegan options. I added some cooked chicken to the Thai Green Curry to make it a lunch for two.

Ingredients are locally-sourced where ever possible and there are no colourings, additives or preservatives. Fantastic stuff.

Flavours include: Quinoa Super Salad, All Your Greens, Mushroom & Barley Risotto, Roast Veg Hotpot and Thai Green Curry. Available from selected supermarkets in the upper North Island for $7.49. I hope that the rest of the country will get to sample these pots of tastiness soon!

Auckland Food Show The Auckland Food Show is on this month! Discover, chat and nibble your way around the hundreds of stalls. I'll be heading to some of the celebrity chef demos too... even if it is just to rest my feet for an hour or so.

29 July - 1 August
ASB Show Grounds, Greenlane
Tickets $22 ($35 for Preview Day 29 July)

Twitter's Hottest Home BakerYou've heard of New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker, but have you heard of Twitter's Hottest Home Baker? A fun project developed by an Auckland lass, the bake-off happens on the last weekend of every month. A theme is selected at random by the website and a tweet is sent out. You then have 72 hours to bake, photgraph and tweet your entry. Then gather votes for your entry and you can win bragging rights! What a fun idea!

Q GardensWe really are producing some wonderful food here in New Zealand. Q Gardens is another company making delicious goodies without using artificial colours or preservatives.

Their range includes Date Chutney, Eggplant Kassoundi, and Chilli Tomato Relish. Great with cold meats or cheeses, the chilli tomato relish is also great stirred through pasta or used as a marinade.

Q Gardens' products are priced $9.90 - $12.90 for 270ml bottles and are available at selected foodie places nationwide (see here for a place near you)

All Good BananasDid you know that you can get Fairtrade bananas? The team from All Good Bananas are working hard to spread the word and get Fairtrade bananas easily accessible for us. Find out where you can buy All Good Bananas here.


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