Sunday Star Times

My weekly column is published in the Escape section of the Sunday Star Times. It’s a little bit country, a little bit domestic and a little bit bonkers. My husband is afraid to read it each week.


5 thoughts on “Sunday Star Times

  1. enjoy your column and here is yet another old fashioned tomato sauce recipe.
    12lb Tomatoes 4lbs Onions 2lbs sugar
    2oz Garlic (optional) 2oz ginger 1 tsp pepper
    glacial acetic acid oil of cloves spirits of wine
    (these three ingredients came in two little bottles from the pharmacy from memory the glacial acetic acid was probably about 2 oz and the spirits of wine and oil of cloves was combined about an ounce) You may need to search out a retired pharmacist to get exact quantity there. We just used to sell the two wee bottles as Tomato Sauce mix.
    Boil and bottle and seal…tastes just like watties….(made it lots and of course never wrote down the time factor….

  2. I read your recipe November 22 “A saucy minx in the kitchen”.
    Would be most grateful if you could clarify for me what strength Acetic Acid is required ?
    The recipe mentions 1.5oz but is that 99.9% ?

    • Hi Ross, yes it’s the 99% strength. 1.5oz is about 40ml, but I used 20ml and added 1 tablespoon of citric acid as well (it intensifies the flavour as well as increasing the acidity to prevent botulism etc. The sugar content is enough of a preservative.)

  3. Great tomato sauce recipe. Unfortunately left the paper at my daughter’s place in ChCh. Could you please email it to me. Love your column. Sandra

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