10 Benefits of Kimchi

Kimchi is a Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables. It is a staple in Korean cuisine and serve at most meals. It is general made from cabbage and radish and is pickled with Korean spice, garlic and ginger. Kimchi is found regularly in our Balance box for a low calorie, flavour hit.

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The Top 10 Things to Keep In Your Fridge

Hungry and looking to whip up a dish at a minutes notice? Make sure to have these 10 staples in your fridge, which will facilitate taking your dishes from zero to hero!


1. Butter

Butter is a delicious staple to many dishes in baking such as pie crusts and used to lend a fluffy texture to sweet treats. It is also delicious in sauces, and can be used to add depth of flavour when used to sauté and fry that oil doesn’t offer. Keep a block in your fridge or freezer as it keeps for 6-9 months.


2. Leafy greens

We’re talking spinach, arugula, rocket or even lettuce. Nutrient dense and affordable salad greens can be used in salads, sautéed in the case of spinach or even blended in smoothies, just keep them in the crisper of your fridge and make sure to eat them within 5 days.


3. Milk

Perfect for tea or coffee, milk is nutrient dense and its creamy texture is perfect for use in cooking. These include adding to mashed potatoes for a creamy texture, to the base of a roux or even in stew.


4. Yoghurt

Yoghurt is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used for a variety of dishes both sweet and savoury. For sweet dishes it can be used to add density and moistness to cakes and slices and in savoury dishes to replace sour cream (it lasts longer!) and as the base of sauces, drizzles or dips.

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5. Eggs

Eggs! Eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals and are tasty and inexpensive to buy and simple to cook. Eaten whole (poached, boiled, scrambled) they are also used to bind ingredients, think cake batter or a meatloaf. They also emulsify mayonnaise and salad dressing and are the key ingredient in sauces like Hollandaise.


6. Lemon/Limes

Apart from adding wedges or slices to drinks such as gin & tonic or sparkling water, lemons or limes are a great addition to sauces to add acidity and balance or as a key component in sweet dishes such as lemon slices or pies. Plus, they last a long time in the fridge, and generally older lemons or limes are sweeter


7. Cheese

A good quality cheese is another great addition to any fridge, as well as being great for snacking, cheese forms the basis of many sauces, such as roux, and also as a cheesy topping on dishes such as lasagna, pasta or pizza. We recommend stocking your fridge with parmesan as it lasts longest in the fridge!


8. Stock

Stock is a long lasting (when sealed) flavour-packed addition to your fridge; think of it as a tastier substitute to water in your savoury dishes. Use it for broiling  vegetables, added to pasta sauce bases and in soup for a flavour punch!


9. Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is a delicious salty addition to all variety of Asian dishes including stir fries, noodles and sauces. For the health conscious there is also low sodium varieties if you are trying to watch your salt intake. We recommend Kikkoman’s soy used at all popular restaurants.

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10. A sweet treat

Ok, I snuck that one in there, but what fridge is complete without a sweet treat – take your pick and indulge after you’ve just whipped up a tasty meal using some of the above!

The 6 Best Summer Picnic Spots in Auckland

Ah, summer. The glorious time of year where people are happier, the days are longer, the sun is warmer, the drinks are colder, and life is just better. Nothing screams “it’s summer!” like getting the picnic blanket out and packing a delicious, fresh basket of food to enjoy at the beach or park.


We have done the hard work for you and compiled a list the best picnic spots in Auckland, plus a few suggestions on what to pack.


1. Cornwall Park

Cornwall Park

An underrated, beautiful park near the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. Offering a glorious sea of lush green grass to choose your spot, with an abundance of tranquil trees in sight.


2. North Head, Devonport

North Head

Another popular picnic spot with a view, where you can explore the old war tunnels and overlook the shores of Devonport while enjoying your delicious picnic.


3. Wenderholm Regional Park


This gem has a beautiful estuary and a gorgeous clean beach with a lush green park dividing the two. The picnic spot options are endless! This is definitely a spot you do not want to miss.


4. Long Bay

Long Bay

The North Shore is full of beautiful beaches and parks, so it is hard to narrow it down to one. Long Bay made it to the list because it is one of the biggest and most beautiful with a good variety of spots to pick from. Whether it be on the beach, on the grass, on a park bench or up on the cliff overlooking the beach, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.


5. Mission Bay

Mission Bay

A classic location but still deserving of a mention. Pick a spot somewhere on the large grassy area with the iconic water fountain in sight and soak up the atmosphere on a beautiful summers day. If you have some room in your stomach after the picnic, pop over to Movenpick for a sneaky delicious ice cream to end your day.


6. West Coast (Muriwai, Piha, Maori Bay)

West Coast

The West Coast. This picture. Need we really say more? If you don’t already know, the West Coast is the best place to be to watch the sunset on a clear evening with your picnic in tow. Make sure to bring a camera for some stunning shots!


What to pack for a picnic, a few suggestions

  • A good old salad – try a tomato cucumber salad w/ feta or a chicken pesto pasta salad with pine nuts.
  • Corn on the cob – steamed or grilled, cut in half with butter rubbed all over.
  • Rice paper rolls – fill these suckers with chicken or beef strips, or tofu for any vegetarians, then add in some sliced carrots, cucumber, capsicum and vermicelli. Bring a small tightly closed container filled with soy sauce for dipping.
  • Chicken skewers
  • Chips and dip
  • Slider sandwiches
  • Lettuce cups
  • An antipasto platter with cheese, crackers, olives, cherry tomatoes and grapes
  • Fruit Salad
  • Bake some choc chunk cookies using Whittaker’s dark chocolate block – because, Whittaker’s and cookies. Need I really say more? Recipe here
  • A watermelon cut in half with spoons – a more fun (and easier) way to eat it
  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade


Make the most and enjoy the rest of the summer! If you have any other favourite picnic locations that didn’t make the list let us know on our Facebook page.