It’s easy, in this job of mine, to be overcome by lust for lovely stuff. Right now, for example, I’m in thrall to the white fountain pen on our gift ideas page. I want it so much that I’m almost tempted to put a Post-it note on the page (“Sally’s Christmas present here”) and leave [...]
At Christmas, family tradition rules the roast
Tucked away amid the splashy resort-like spaces of the Carliers’ award-winning indoor/outdoor area in Auckland is a tiny enclosed deck: just one chair, looking out to the view. It was used, says homeowner Amanda Carlier, when her son phoned his long-distance girlfriend for a chat. Elsewhere there’s an infinity pool where the Carlier boys frolic [...]
Fish ’n foil may be the latest thing, but it’s hard to beat the humble crumb
That was editor Sally Duggan’s reaction to the NZ House & Garden team’s across-the-board wins at the 2014 Magazine Awards last night.
There are few things in life more satisfying than having exactly the right tool for a job. A sharp knife that surgically slices tomatoes. A non-stick baking tin that plops your cake onto the stand without a stray crumb. A regiment of favourite pens at hand in the top drawer of your desk. A soft-touch [...]
What would your loved ones do without you to cook for them?
I’m in a quandary,” writes reader Caroline Blair on our Talk back page in this issue, “No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to make our home reflect who we are now.” Caroline lives with her growing family in a simple, modern Auckland home, much of it decorated with country cottage style homewares [...]
It’s the bane of the older kitchen – a gaggle of gadgets short of a socket
It is 10pm and I’m just back from an evening seminar. I am hungry and I want buttery, Marmite-y toast and a big mug of tea. It’s a modest enough craving but, because I’m staying in a hotel on a work trip, it is impossible to make Marmite toast. This makes me want it even [...]
Worthy winter veges may not be lookers but we can grow to appreciate them