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10 Ways to Use Leftover Christmas Food

17 January 2018

Christmas is a time of foodie celebration, but families often over-estimate quantities and Boxing Day can find us with fridges bulging. Here are 10 ideas for what to do with Christmas leftovers:..

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Interview with Rochelle Harrison of The Wellington Chocolate Factory

17 January 2018

New Zealand's first bean-to-bar chocolatier using 100% organic and fair trade ingredients works right here in Wellington, and we were lucky enough to visit her. Rochelle Harrison started and single-handedly runs The Cocoa Press [Feb 2014 update: now "The Wellington Chocolate Factory"], and her passion to create gourmet chocolate from.....

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A Guide to Safer House Cleaners

16 January 2018

You may have noticed a growing number of household cleaning products on the market which claim to be ‘environmentally friendly’. This sounds like great news but unfortunately all detergents are a burden on the environment in one way or another...

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How To Make Your Garden More Bee Friendly

11 January 2018

We are all beekeepers, and the bees keep us. They keep us nourished; at least one third of our food depends on honey bees for pollination. They provide for us in other ways too – in 2014 it was estimated that the economic value of honey bees in New Zealand.....

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Pumpkin, Kumara, Carrot & Coconut Soup Recipe

11 January 2018

Our Pumpkin, Kumara, Carrot & Coconut recipe is a customer favourite. "It's just delicious!" our Kitchen Manager Scott says. "Our stores get a lot of people coming in with diets where they can't eat tomatoes and potatoes, so there are some customers who always ask for it."..

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Causes We Love in 2017: It’s Just Commonsense!

21 December 2017

Commonsense is founded on values of organics, environment and community. We're proud that every year, at least 10% of our profit goes to supporting initiatives that share our values. We're the primary sponsor of Porirua School Gardens, and our Store Managers also support one-off and regular initiatives at their discretion...

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Christmas Gingerbread House Recipe!

12 December 2017

This recipe may seem quite technical, but trust us, it contains everything you need to get your foot on the Gingerbread property ladder. These houses are a great way to keep kids (and adults!) entertained and a delicious treat to enjoy on Christmas day...

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Lucy's Christmas Mincemeat

1 December 2017

This is definitely not a traditional mincemeat recipe (which uses suet and fewer varieties of dried fruit) but no one in my family seems to be complaining...

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Boomerangs and Borrow Bags - Our pledge to eliminate single-use shopping bags in our stores.

30 November 2017

As we look around us we see that plastic is choking our oceans, littering our world and finding its way into the air we breathe and the food we eat. Our shopping bags have been plastic free for over 10 years and we’re always thinking about what more we could.....

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Chickpea Coconut Curry with Peshwari Naan

30 November 2017

This curry is so simple and super cheap to make and the naan breads are delicious, impressive and so simple! This recipe is a must for coconut lovers and people in need of some healthy comfort foods...

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Your Quick Guide to Paleo-Friendly Groceries

30 November 2017

Paleo eating is growing in popularity in New Zealand, but finding paleo-friendly products can still be hard. So we've done the work for you and written up a list of some of our favourite paleo-friendly groceries. Our online shop also has a Paleo section - check it out...

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The Commonsense Kitchen: Chocolate, Beetroot & Ginger Muffins

30 November 2017

As the weather starts to grow colder, an afternoon spent in a warm kitchen starts to look increasingly tempting. These muffins are a Commonsense lunchbar favourite: the sharp spiciness of the ginger perfectly juxtaposes the rich creamy chocolate and earthy beetroot...

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