Back to Basics: How do you get through winter without going to the supermarket?

How do you get through winter without shopping at the supermarket? This week our columnist Lydia Harvey talks about how her and her family are getting through these wintry months.

It's the middle of winter and it is freezing!

The icy-cold mornings and the non-stop rain that we've had all season is the challenge I was the most uncertain about at the beginning of the year.

During the winter months our garden's growth has been minimal and the egg laying is close to non-existent.

I knew existing through the winter months without going to the supermarket would solely depend on our preparation leading up to winter.

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Are we managing to stay supermarket free through these cold months I hear you asking?

The answer to that is yes, and this has been, thankfully, due to all the effort we put in over the summer as well as the support of our friends.

We're finally making our way through the reserves we stored away in the summer such as pasta, rice, flour and sugar.

This has become the base of most of our winter menu. We've bottled any excess that was left to rot and we made relishes, chutneys and jams and are now using them during these cold days.

But we still have a lot of fresh food available; the citrus trees are bending under their fruit, we have rhubarb and endless supplies of winter garden greens.

Weekly, we take a trip to the local butcher (who lets us use our own packaging) to get the kids a little meat for hearty midweek meals.

Not going and dropping into the supermarket to pick up that cheeky fast meal or that staple we've needed has been down to the fantastic backing of our community.

They've often contributed to our cupboards out of the goodness of their hearts, as a thank you to us or exchanging our excess produce for some of theirs over the year.

We couldn't have gone through winter without the support of our community.

From Lydia’s garden: Rustic Sausage Rolls.
From Lydia’s garden: Rustic Sausage Rolls. Source: 1 NEWS

From Lydia's garden: Rustic Sausage Rolls

500 grams of sausage meat
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
Handful of fine chopped silverbeet
1 grated carrot
1 clove of crushed garlic
1/2 jar of your favourite kind of relish (we use tomato or onion)
1 egg
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of grated cheese (optional)

Combine mixture well in the large bowl and sit for an hour on the bench covered before draining the liquid.
Roll out puff pastry onto an oven tray dusted with flour.
Place mixture along the centre of the pastry, the width of the baking tray.
Roll the pastry up around the filling before brushing the top with egg and sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Cut into even sizes pieces (makes about 10 large or 12 smaller ones)
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degreea for approximately 20 minutes.
Leave to cool on an oven tray before serving with your favourite relish and garden salad.

Lydia Harvey and her family are trying to do what seems utterly impossible – live off their backyard for one whole year. Source: 1 NEWS

Batch of Mac's ginger beer being recalled because it may contain alcohol

A batch of Mac’s ginger beer is being recalled because of the possibility it may contain alcohol.

The affected product is sold in 330ml glass bottles as a four-pack or individual bottles, and has a best before date ranging from 20/3/19 and 21/3/19.

This batch of Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine (NZ) product may have incorrect labelling resulting in Mac's beer being packaged as non-alcoholic ginger beer.

The affected product is sold in a 4-pack or as individual bottles. Source: 1 NEWS


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'Hobbies may help people with dementia,' says psychiatrist as Morris Minor enthusiast hits the road

It's World Alzheimer's Day, and as one Auckland man with the dementia told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp of his love of Morris Minor cars, a psychiatrist said hobbies may help people with the disorder.

Diagnosed with early onset dementia in his fifties, Jeff Atwell's 'Morrie' has also been his medicine, his wife Doreen Atwell said. 

"Wonderful medicine. It's better than any tablet you can take, the best medicine that Jeff could have had," she said.

Psychiatrist Dr Gary Cheung psychiatrist said hobbies may help people with dementia. 

"We are doing some research on a treatment called cognitive stimulation therapy at the moment," Dr Cheung said.

But hobbies don't only help the ill.

"I think there's plenty of research out there now showing doing activities with other people, or exercising with other people, is more beneficial than doing them alone," Dr Cheung said.

When Jeff and Doreen go driving, romantic memories ride along.

"We met at the old Papatoe Dance Hall. Bill Sevesi's band there was great," Jeff recalled.

They courted in Jeff's first 'Morrie Minor' and have been married almost 54 years.

"He sold it when he went into business before we got married to buy a van that was more practical," Doreen said.

We just did it. It's only recently that dementia and hobbies have been linked - Doreen Atwell

When Jeff saw a doer-upper Morris Minor convertible in the paper several decades later, it was irresistible.

Aged just 54, Jeff was diagnosed with young onset dementia, and 20 years on he moves slowly and needs a cane. 

He's had three strokes. But the bigger problems aren't so easy to see.

"Forgetfulness, that's one of the big things. Forgetting people's names," he said.

Jeff and Doreen made a decision to live for life and get the convertible back on the road.

"We just did it. It's only recently that dementia and hobbies have been linked," Doreen said.

The couple have thanked Dementia Auckland for helping them with Jeff's condition. 

And if you're in doubt about Dementia, as Doreen was when she noticed changes in Jeff 20 years ago, get in touch with your doctor. 

Jeff Attwell was diagnosed with the condition in his early fifties. Source: Seven Sharp

Kiwi pilot and his interloping crew wow Reno Air Races at bone-rattling speeds

Graeme Frew admits he's got an addiction – one that gets him travelling at speeds of 580km/h just 15 metres off the ground.

The Blenheim pilot and his crew of Kiwi interlopers took on some of the world's best at the Reno Air Races in the US earlier this week with their Russian Yak Fighter plane called Full Noise.

The crew brought over their plane in a shipping container and assembled it again just two days before the first race – something organisers say have never been done.

The Americans fell in love with Frew and Full Noise so TVNZ1's Seven Sharp caught up with the adrenaline junkies to see how they pulled it off.

Watch the video above for more.

Seven Sharp’s Michael Holland was at the event in Nevada. Source: Seven Sharp