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The Commonsense Kitchen: Oat & Sesame Cookies

17 January 2018

Chewy, nutty and absolutely delicious! These Oat & Sesame Cookies are a Kiwi classic, with a twist. To commemorate ANZAC Day, we asked Scott Hayles, Manager of The Commonsense Kitchen, to share this recipe with us. These cookies are available at all our Wellington region store lunchbars! ..

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Cool Down for Summer: 3 Easy Peasy Ice Pops

17 January 2018

Summer is here, and we think ice-pops are the perfect hot weather treat for kids and grown-ups! Our stores recently started selling no-stick BPA-free ice pop molds from local business Munch, and we've been experimenting with recipes. No sticks. No tricky bits. Just delicious ice-cold ice-pops...

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10 Easy Ways to Use Up Christmas Leftovers

17 January 2018

Christmas is a time of foodie celebration, but it can be so easy to over-estimate quantities and end up with a whole lot of excess food. If Boxing Day finds you with your fridge bulging, here are 10 quick and easy ideas ideas to make the most of Christmas leftovers...

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Bee Aware Month: The Dark Side of Nutter Butter

17 January 2018

Almonds? We’re nuts about them! You may have heard about the relationship between almonds & water shortages in California, but have you heard about how the Californian almond industry is affecting the bees? We took a closer look at both for Bee Aware Month 2017...

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Fair Trade & Organics: What's the Connection?

17 January 2018

Fair trade and organics are part of our core values here at Commonsense. They both acknowledge the interconnection between people, food and the environment. For Fair Trade Fortnight (4-17 August 2017), we decided to look a little closer at the relationship between fair trade and organics. ..

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz

17 January 2018

After a refreshing summer tipple but don’t know where to start? We have just the thing for you. Inspired by the long summer evenings, we asked our resident Creative Mixologist Natalie Young to share one of her own cocktail recipes, using the best of our seasonal ingredients. ..

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A fresh new look! It’s just Commonsense.

17 January 2018

Commonsense Organics has been providing fresh organic food since 1991 (way back before organics was cool!). We’re a family business and our values are right at the heart of what we do. This is not going to change...

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Why we're saying goodbye to plastic bags... for good!

17 January 2018

This year, we've wholeheartedly embracing Plastic Free July. A number of our staff (including co-founder Marion Wood) took up the challenge of no single-use plastic during the month. As a company, we updated our process for buying bulk products, interviewed Hannah from The Rubbish Trip and took a closer look.....

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What does 'eating ethically' really mean?

17 January 2018

Here at Commonsense, we pride ourselves on being a one-stop ethical shop. But what does ethical eating really mean? Organic, free-range, vegan, vege, sustainably-caught... the list goes on! Instead of presenting a tiny sliver of a multi-faceted issue, we asked some of our people about what eating ethically means to them...

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Teva’s 10 Minute Honey Chicken

17 January 2018

Our Merchandise Manager Teva Stewart is well known for being a bit of a whizz in the kitchen. To celebrate Bee Aware Month, Teva pulled this ten minute chicken recipe out of his repertoire. The addition of honey at the end creates a delicious sticky glaze that seals in the.....

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Open Minds: why we’re talking about mental health at work

17 January 2018

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week from 9-15th October 2017. We thought this was a great time to talk about our approach to workplace wellbeing at Commonsense. We’ve recently updated our health & safety policy to make it clear that we consider mental wellbeing a core part of staff health...

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Baked Apple with Orange Zest Crumble

17 January 2018

This an amazing and very simple recipe is perfect for winter. It's quick to make, and while it's baking in the oven, your house will fill with the smell of cinnamon and apples - divine! This dessert is a total crowd-pleaser for the whole family, but is also a nice.....

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