Welcome to Kai

Kia ora

Summer or Raumati is when New Zealand is at its beautiful best. Almost everyone escapes to their favourite holiday bach crib or camping ground and chill out. If course we enjoy the Christmas festivities (strangely still  with more English style foods more suited to colder weather), but more are treating themselves, family and friends to lighter summer food - often our tasty kai moana.

And we almost live outdoors, cooking in the barbie, maybe smoking some fish if we are lucky, and enjoying those long balmy evenings. The pohutukawa is in full bloom

It is a time for healthy lighter foods like salads and summer vegetables, to accompany the grilled meats and fish from the barbie. My favourite is fresh sweetcorn grilled on  the barbie, and brushed with a  flavoured butter - use fresh herbs, chilli and other spices to add extra zing to the creamy sweetness of corn. Try the Waiheke Herb Spread they have done all the work for you blending fresh herbs with extra virgin olive oil. Followed of course by fresh juicy summer fruits like berries and stonefruit. - try them macerated with the lovely Divinity Pomegranate Balsamic - divine.

And of course the many new greens like asparagus, peas, and the old favourites of broccoli and tomatoes. You can learn more about New Zealand vegetables in season here.

And for dessert, choose from the many fruits in abundance during summer - berries, and the luscious stonefruit.. Use the indulgent Heilala Vanilla to make a special creme anglaise.

We make it easier for you to discover, buy and enjoy these and many other delicious artisan foods. At the same time we help the small artisan food producers across the country grow their business.

 Here at Kai, you can learn more about the artisans themselves - the people with the passion behind the produce. And learn more about the places our great food comes from – the many and varied regions of NZ. Our country has some incredible natural advantages in being able to grow, breed, and harvest a huge array of foods from the land, rivers and sea. We support organic but many traditional foods in New Zealand are also quite OK (just  check that they are sustainably grown and produced).

We check our artisan suppliers to ensure that their food is grown, harvested and prepared as sustainably and ethically as possible. And we identify artisans and products that are Certified organic.

Artisan food producers are the small guys in a big world, but we are committed to help them…. and make it easy for you to support them. If there is an artisan food producer you would like us to get on Kai, let us know

Please tell your friends about us, and  thanks for visiting and shopping at Kai

Ka pai


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