26 days ago

Braised beef & beer pie

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

This is a classic recipe - use good quality beef and a tasty ale for the filling.

Ingredients: (Makes 6-8 pies)
1 kg Rump steak, or chuck steak, diced (reserve the fat)
¼ cup Flour
2 Tbsp Vegetable oil, more if needed
200 g Onions, diced
4 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1 cup Beef stock
2 cups Water, or add more beef stock
1 tsp Marmite
1 cup Beer, an ale or something not too hoppy
100 g Cornflour
½ cup Water, cold
2 packets Flaky pastry, frozen

Cooking directions, Pastry notes and more in the link below!

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1 day ago

Auckland bus strike: What you need to know

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

More than 70,000 daily bus trips could be affected by a suspension dealt to hundreds of NZ Bus drivers across Auckland. The suspension comes after tensions between NZ Bus and union members as they tried to settle on a new collective agreement regarding pay and work hours. Union members had been declining bus fares from passengers, and planned to do so until Christmas before the suspension began. Now drivers will go without pay until Christmas Eve.
NZ Bus' biggest area is central Auckland, all of the Link services, and those serving the main isthmus arterials to eastern suburbs and along Mt Eden, Dominion and Sandringham Roads, as well as some to the outer west and northwest, and on the North Shore.
How has the bus driver suspension affected you? Let us know in the comments.

4 days ago

Poll: Should Crate Day be banned?

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Hibiscus Coast revellers will be forced to celebrate Crate Day on private property this weekend, as authorities impose a temporary alcohol ban in parks and beaches, following two years of successful bans.
The 48 hour ban on Saturday and Sunday covers beaches, foreshore and reserves between Waiwera and Arkles Bay in north Auckland.
Crate Day was started by The Rock radio station to embark summer by sharing a crate of beers with mates.
However, many participants see it as a challenge to consume the whole crate alone, getting extremely drunk in the process.
Rodney locals are known to go hard on Crate Day, with mess left behind in public places playing a part in the ban (see photo) enforced by police and the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board.
Do you support the temporary liquor ban?

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Should Crate Day be banned?
  • 84.6% Yes - It fuels drunken shenanigans and leaves a mess behind
    84.6% Complete
  • 15.4% No - It's a great way to see in the summer, let them have their fun!
    15.4% Complete
91 votes
8 hours ago

"Tis the season to support local"

Ecomailbox

“Wouldn’t it be great if there was a central directory of locally-made, ethically-produced and upcycled gift ideas?

Well, hold the phone - Makers & Local by Ecomailbox have done exactly this, and it’s EPIC! There’s gifts broken into categories, DIY ideas, an eco advent calendar, social enterprises to support, low-waste gift wrapping inspo, and even gorgeous must-see beaches to explore over summer.

Plus 24 of NZ’s eco bloggers have shared their tips for a Merry Mindful Christmas. From great crafty activities, DIY gifts & acts of kindness to celebrate the festive month of December more mindfully and sustainably.

Read more in the Makers & Local guide now.
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