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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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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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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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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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Indian Spiced Roast Cauliflower Salad Recipe

17 January 2018

Head Chef Scott is always coming up with new and interesting salad ideas for our Wellington lunchbars. This warmly spiced mix of vegetarian protein, roasted and raw veges is a tasty way to get healthy eating points and utilise staff favourite Raglan Coconut Yoghurt. ..

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Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing Recipe

17 January 2018

Due to popular demand, we have asked our chef, Scott to release this awesome recipe for our delicious lunch bar Quinoa Salad!..

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NZ Cheese Month: 3 Steps to cheese board perfection with Teva

17 January 2018

October is Cheese Month in Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s a GOUDA time to try some of the GRATE options made here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Don’t know where to start? No need to be BLUE! We GRILLED our resident cheese connoisseur Teva Stewart for his top tips on creating cheeseboard perfection...

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Fair trade Chocolate and Banana Cookies

17 January 2018

These delicious cookies were made in celebration of Fair Trade Fortnight 2016 - we think using Fairtrade products makes them taste all the more delicious. We love eating them straight out of the oven (after a bit of time to cool, obviously - we don't want to burn our tongues!).....

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Supergreens: Wheatgrass, Barleygrass, Chlorella or Spirulina?

17 January 2018

Although wheatgrass is made from wheat, it is gluten free, safe for those with coeliac disease, and it is similar to eating dark green vegetables. Wheatgrass is low calorie and packed full of nutrients, making it a high density, nutrient rich food...

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Organic Lunchbox Ideas

17 January 2018

Most parents know the struggle of packing as much nutrition into their kids’ lunchboxes as possible, while still making sure that what’s packed is actually eaten. Luckily here at Commonsense we have a large variety of yummy things that we're pretty sure your kids will love, but are also organic,.....

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