Real Stock & Teethers


Chicken goes a long way in our household before the remnants finally head to the bokashi bin. We eat chicken a couple of days a week and always keep a container in the fridge for the bones which we make into stock once we have collected a sufficient amount.

To do this…



Simply cover the bones with water in a pot, add a large dash of Bragg cider vinegar and simmer for at least four hours to extract the nourishing properties such as gelatine and collagen. The stock then can be used throughout the week to sauté veg, simmer in stews or as a base for soups.

Or, if you have a bubba set some bones aside for baby to chew on, just be sure to pull off any loose bits.



Real Glen Innes History

I am fortunate enough to know the Kohlhase family from Glen Innes that settled in Wai O Taiki Bay in 1961. The parents, both of Samoan and European descent (commonly referred to as hafakasi) migrated from Samoa to Auckland during the 1940s and found employment; Mr Kohlhase worked on the wharf and Mrs Kohlhase worked as a shorthand typist for Island Territories. They were one of the first Polynesian families to locate and buy their home in the Glen Innes suburb which was at the time predominantly working class Pakeha and Maori families in state housing.

Mr Kohlhase was a keen gardener evidenced by an array of succulents, native trees and an impressive twenty varieties of hibiscus that are still thriving in the garden that is set against a view of Half Moon Bay. The large frangipani plant in the McCallums (Red Rock Aggregates company founded in New Zealand in 1904) red stone rockery built by Mr Kohlhase  provided many cuttings that were given to family and people in the area as well as to St Mary’s Parish in Glen Innes where the family attended church. Mr Kohlhase’s quirky nature can still be seen in the garden with an eclectic collection of garden statues and an interesting paint job on the fence.

The house is still in it’s original state which adds to the charm and aura of a much loved family home that exudes a nostalgic ambience of a past era in New Zealand.

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Thank-you to the Kohlhase family, especially Caron and Marilyn for sharing their home and knowledge with me. xx

Real Green Banana Salad

Green bananas are always in abundance down in Glen Innes and I thought it was time to add them to my family’s week day meals. I love them with coconut cream and onions, however as I was out of coconut cream I thought I would do a green banana salad inspired by a past episode of Real Pasifik. I couldn’t find the recipe online but I think this one loosely resembles the one made on the episode. Ingredients: bunch of green bananas half red onion 1 ripe avocado 2-3 tomatoes olive oil salt & pepper sping onion (green part) juice of a lemon Recipe: Cook bananas in water until cooked but still firm. Once cooled, peel and slice. Add sliced onion, sliced avocado, chopped tomato. Drizzle over olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt & pepper,garnish with spring onion.


Real Nappies… An Update







I thought that I would do a follow up on reusable nappies. Since using reusable nappies I have never looked back, they are so easy to use and the washing aspect has been a breeze. I bought mine second hand from a local mum on neighbourly. I purchased 15 outer nappies and 30 cloth inserts for $50. It was the deal of the century.









Some people may be hesitant about buying second hand but as long as the domes are in good condition and the elastic around the legs is intact then I don’t see a problem. I use the new nappies I got from the nappy lady workshop as overnight nappies as they are a bit more sophisticated than the second hand nappies.

For those thinking of making the switch here is how I go about washing and organising my nappies.

I have a bucket in my laundry for dirty nappies and dirty baby clothes. Cloth inserts with wees go straight in, if the nappy outer is not wet then I reuse for the next nappy change by inserting a clean cloth insert.






For poos, when baby was exclusively on breast milk her poo was pretty loose and so I would rinse the insert and outer if required under water in the laundry sink before putting it in the bucket. Now that baby is onto solids her poo has changed consistency so it can be put down the toilet and if needed I do a quick rinse in the laundry before adding to the bucket. (I’m looking at attaching a small hose to my toilet to help with this job)

Ok,washing. I put all the cloth inserts and nappy outers and reusable cloth wipes into the washing machine onto a 20 minute rinse cycle. Once this is finished I add any dirty baby clothes and put on a warm wash cycle with the recommended amount of laundry liquid.

Once washed I hang up on a rack that is placed near a window or outside with natural light to dry.

UV light helps kill bacteria








I have around 18 nappy outers and 35 cloth inserts, this seems to be the perfect amount as I never run out.

Wash everyday.

Line dry.

Follow manufactures instructions.

Op shops often sell second hand nappy outer and inserts.

If you are into sewing make your own outers and inserts. There are hundreds of sites with free nappy patterns – start googling!

Real Glen Innes

Times are changing in Glen Innes with the Tamaki Redevelopment under-way. Here are some pics of some of the things I love about Glen Innes and its neighbouring sites that I hope will never change.




Green Bananas, Coconuts


Makeshift Fale, Umu Pit


Matariki Lights


Banana Trees


Wai O Taiki Bay


Tamaki Drive


Hospice Shops


Hospice Shops


Tamaki Redevelopment – there goes the neighbourhood…

Real Olive Oil


Olive oil is a staple in our pantry. And due to reports regarding the supply and quality of olive oil from Europe we have been buying olive oil made in New Zealand. This ensures a good quality olive oil and supports local industry. However, due to the current situation in Gaza we have switched to buying Palestinian olive oil bought from our local Trade Aid store.

This oil is produced by the non-profit organisation Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees. It’s our small way of supporting a worthy organisation that empowers the Palestinian people in Gaza through agricultural programmes that produce quality products such as olive oil.