Learn how to tackle head on all of the things you've been avoiding, with psychology expert Alice Boyes  By Dr Alice Boyes Most of us have a tendency to avoid tasks that feel overwhelming. This avoidance can create stress, strain relationships, and erode your sense of being

A scrumptious classic gets a light summery twist. Serve with Peter Yealands Reserve Pinot Noir.   Recipe and styling Sarah Heeringa. Photography Amanda Reelick 4 sheets of ready-rolled puff pastry olive oil 400g venison, cut into small cubes 1 heaped tbsp plain flour (or cornflour) 3 medium red onions, peeled and sliced 3 cloves

A festive pie that can also be made as one dish or several small treats - ideal for dinner parties and easy entertaining This can be made as one large pie (in a 23cm pie dish) or as small pies (using six 10cm pie dishes). Line small

Re-purpose a selection of op-shop glasses and delicate doilies to create a fabulously dramatic late night table setting.   Words Sarah Heeringa. Photography Aimee Carruthers Doilies are highly intricate small, and often round, mats for the table. They’re typically made by crocheting, knitting or tatting fine cotton

So you don't have a handy kitchen garden with herbs and salad greens? Forget the bother and expense of making raised beds - simply pick up a secondhand metal wheelbarrow and get painting to create your own colourful and compact garden. 

Friendships that last over time add a layer of richness to life's experiences. Sarah Heeringa looks at this fundamental human relationship.  Words Sarah Heeringa It may not seem so some days, but potential friends are all around us. As the Irish poet William Yeats once put it;

We know the rules; eat your five-a-day, drink plenty of water, get some exercise. Yet, data from the most recent Ministry of Health Adult Nutrition Survey shows that New Zealand’s adults were five percent heavier in 2008 than in 1997. Iron deficiency in women jumped

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