We had almost 1000 entries into our soup recipe competition in Issue #36, and the Good kitchen has been working overtime! We finally managed to whittle it down to three favourites – here are the recipes for you to try at home. Coconut and Kumera soup  Winner: Kumara Soup

Journalism intern Samantha Gee takes a look behind the scenes at how Good is living up to its eco-friendly philosophy.  As a reader of Good magazine, it is likely that you, too, are interested in the environment and how our everyday choices affect the world around

Create a simple salad full of flavour for all to enjoy  2 purple kumara 2 parsnips 2 red onions 3 carrots 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary or thyme sea salt and freshly ground pepper olive oil (we used Delmaine’s Extra   Virgin Olive Oil) Couscous 1/2 cup instant couscous 1/2 cup boiling water 1/4 cup dried currants 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp olive oil finely grated zest and juice

Offer a mix of savoury and sweet, served buffet-style. Kick-start the celebrations with Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Brut.  Bok Choy with Hot Smoked Salmon  Trim the ends off the bok choy stems and place in a bowl. Cover with boiling water for 30 seconds to soften.  Place a bite-sized chunk of salmon into the curve of the stalk, then

These scrumptious buns fill your kitchen with a lovely aroma. Best of all, they can be half-made the night before, for simple assembly and baking as your friends arrive.  Dough  31/4 – 31/2 cups plain flour  3 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp salt 11/2 tsp instant dried yeast* 1 cup lukewarm

Is your dining table tasteless and dull? Add a coat of high gloss black for an instant injection of tabletop glam  Before Step one  Step two  Step three You will need:  Sandpaper of varying grades (100-220)  Paintbrushes and mini roller  Soft cloth  500ml Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer  1 litre Resene Waterborne Enamacryl Gloss Enamel  Step one Sand the entire paintable surface using a

The perfect partner for your cupper, or seasonal giving made easy. Either fill the tins or give away these decadent delights  Recipe Rebekah White, Photography Amanda Reelick Double ginger make these biscuits a spicy hit. The soft dough means they always turn out perfectly round.  1/2 cup brown

Jazz up a tired set of wicker chairs with eye-popping colours and metallic paint  By Sarah Heeringa. Photography Tony Brownjohn Step 1 Wipe chairs down with a soft cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Step 2 With a small brush, paint frames with Resene Enamacryl Metallic. We used Resene

Reinvent a sad old picnic basket as a snazzy new sewing case  Step 1 Find an old suitcase or basket to repurpose. We used an old cane picnic hamper.  Step 2 Brush the basket free of dust using a soft brush, or give the case a wipe over with

Who says feature walls only belong in lounges or bedrooms?  Forget hospital whites for the bathroom - add a splash of drama with a feature wall in a bright shade or rich tone. Be brave in your colour choice - the area you are painting is

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