Blog

Your Commonsense Guide: Cooking Beans, Grains & Legumes

6 May 2014

Beans and grains are a necessary and nutritious part of our diet.  We've created a guide to soaking and cooking times for most of the beans and grains sold at Commonsense.  You can find the printed version in store - stick it to your fridge for easy reference!..

» Find out more

Autumn Gardening Guide

2 April 2014

Autumn in the garden is a time for replenishing the soil: adding compost, mulch and fertilizer after the Summer crops have used up nutrients.  It is also the time to be planting out your crops for eating early next Spring.  In the deepest part of Winter nothing grows much at.....

» Find out more

Your Commonsense Guide: Sugars & Sugar Substitutes

12 March 2014

Everyone wants a bit of sweetness in their lives. From natural cane sugar, to Lucuma powder to xylitol, Commonsense has got you covered! ..

» Find out more

Harissa Dressing Recipe

5 March 2014

Harissa is a richly flavoured chilli paste popular in Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.  This harissa dressing recipe is based on the classic, lively flavour combinations found in these cuisines and goes wonderfully with salads, on cooked rice and vegetables, or as a meat marinade. ..

» Find out more

Movie Making with Loren Taylor

28 February 2014

Did you know that Loren Taylor used to work at Commonsense?  A few years before you enjoyed her performance in the sleeper hit Eagle vs Shark you could have come in and asked her where the maca powder was...

» Find out more

Keeping Healthy Chickens

20 February 2014

Here is some great information about how to keep your chickens healthy and happy. Catherine Collins, our resident gardening and chook expert, has shared her knowledge with us...

» Find out more

Dairy Free Pesto Recipe

14 February 2014

Ever wondered how we manage to put gorgeous green pesto in our vegan sandwiches and wraps?  We make our own dairy free, vegan pesto on site.  Try it at home with whatever herbs you've got (basil, parsley, coriander, mint, dill, etc)...

» Find out more

Hemp Seed Food Products Illegal in New Zealand?

17 January 2014

Our Managing Director and co-founder Marion Wood addresses the current debate around hemp seed food products being sold in New Zealand...

» Find out more

How to make apple sauce and what to do with it!

29 October 2013

Don't know what to do with apple sauce?  You're not alone: folks brought up in New Zealand have rarely used apple sauce, but it's a staple in many cultures around the world including North America and various European countries. ..

» Find out more

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

11 October 2013

New Zealand and Australia have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world...

» Find out more