How to make a Christmas Hamper..

Question... How many times do you end up panicked or worse - disappointed with the gift that you end up giving at Christmas...?

September is the best time to "start"...  a well thought hamper at Christmas is appreciated, (not the mass produced one in the local supermarket).  Then, each week spend a little on each purchase.  By the time Christmas comes around, not only do you have a well thought out hamper... but you don't begrudgingly how to fork out big chunks of cash or worse "credit".

Last year, I visited the local op shops (secondhand shops) and bought some cane baskets for a bargain of $1 each and then filled it with lots of condiments and preserves that people will use over time.  I avoided the typical shortbread, flavoured teas and cheap chocolates.  

I am based in New Zealand, I tend to visit farmers markets that promote and support small business.

So below is the list of products you should easily be able to find, to create your own hamper (well lets face it - its not for kids!) Supporting local business in the process is great Christmas tiding!

I would be silly not to mention my own products! horopito, makrut and porcini spices.

You get the idea... just create a theme and stick to it.... keep an eye out for sales/discounts/promotions there is always a few dollars to save!

Go to pinterest or craft gawker for thousands of suggestions... to point is to start early!!!!!!!


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Fancy cooking a Thai tonight?

Hey guys...

Ever feel that you're hungry, but just don't know what you feel like to eat?  Well Thai food is always an affordable and quick option, change things up in the kitchen.

I'm not promoting that this is the healthiest, low carb, great diet and new fandangle way to go... I'm just saying it tastes good!

Below are some links to some real quick and easy Thai dishes that will use one of two pots/pans and will take less than 10 minutes to prepare, even if you're not a budding chef, with ninja knife skills. 


Naturally I suggest adding some Rhayne Seasoning with any of dishes... you'll love it!


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One Love, One Pot and One Hob is all you need


Hey....if you have found yourself in a situation where you're on a low income? or not budgeted the best! don't worry, it's okay... most of us have been there and we know it sucks! just learn from it....

If you've been living at mums or relying on takeaways then cooking for yourself can be a bit daunting but will help get those bills down.

So instead of spending vast amounts of money setting yourself up in the kitchen. Focus on using just one pot and one hob (to save on energy bills!) you don't need to be Jamie Oliver or a Masterchef to eat great hearty meals that last for a couple of days.

Think of the other benefits, like.... one pot to wash up! One-pot meals can be steamed, sauteed, stewed or baked.  Start with choosing the sacred "one pot" will it be a saucepan, skillet, crock pot, pressure cooker or baking dish.  All these can be bought from a secondhand shop (Salvos is what we call them in NZ) for very cheap, some people even give them away! I've just been on Ebay, you can buy a pressure cooker for under $20!


I'm not a chef... but here are some links to some great recipes that won't cost the earth and last in your fridge for a couple of days!  The key is to look at a few recipes before hitting the shops.. that way when you see items at a reduced price (I find shopping later in the evening promotes the best deals) you know what you can use them for - DON'T BUY FOOD JUST BECAUSE ITS ON SALE!!!

Crock Pot Meals - Links

Baking Dish - Links

Skillet - Links

Saucepan - Links 

or just Pinterest the below to give you hundreds of ideas

There are hundreds of recipes, just google the words one pot cooking and I am sure you'll keep yourself entertained and maintain a budget for the week.  Save the pennies here and there and you'll be surprised.  Plus, if you are a student who doesn't know anyone, its a great way to start friendships by getting all involved.  If you are a parent that's finding it tough... guess what.. its great family time, preparing and planning your dinners and of course less dishes to clean!!!



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Venison and Bison Recipe

Hey guys,

Whilst on my journey researching for new and interesting recipes.. I came across this great website 

In the interest of my Kiwi companions, replace the bison with venison! of course using some our great seasonings to accompany these dishes.




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Risotto with Porcini

Things you need to buy !

2 tablespoon Rhayne Porcini Sea Salt 

2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
4 tablespoons butter or olive oil
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup Arborio Rice


Blend the Porcini Sea Salt and chicken stock together in a saucepan and heat to just below simmering.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil in a saucepan.

When good and hot, add the rice. (For first-time risotto makers, set your clock for 20 minutes.)

Stir and cook for approximately 1 minute on medium heat. Add the white wine.

Stir and simmer until almost all the liquid has been absorbed.

Add 1 cup of stock. Simmer and stir until the stock is absorbed.

Repeat this process, using all of the stock. When the stock is almost all absorbed, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter or oil and 2 tablespoons of grated cheese.

Stir for 1 minute, then turn off the heat. 


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Awesome Venison Recipe (not ours!)

This recipe is from and is not associated with Rhayne.  We just loved the quick and easy recipe and wanted to share it with you guys!


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What's all the fuss about Porcini Mushrooms?

Porcini is the Italian name for Boletus edulis, a wild mushroom that is fast gaining popularity in New Zealand particularly in the South Island where it grows well and rapidly. These mushrooms are known as Boletus mushrooms (which to be fair is not exclusive to that of Porcini)

Dried porcini mushrooms or powder is readily available at boutique food stores and online, and they are among the most commercialized wild mushrooms in the world. Porcini possess a nutty, earthy character that  creates a complex and enchanting flavor profile.The Japanese describe this as unami, due to the English not comprising on a word to describe the taste effectively.

Porcini mushroom is one of the finest wild culinary mushrooms on the market, and is by far the most coveted found in the wild. They are high maintenance in the kitchen and require special preparation; due to their high moisture content, they need to be treated with dignity rather than impunity, otherwise you run the risk of eating porcini that are soggy, slimy, or even leathery. Needless to say will turn you off forever!

Instead of blade-like gills on the bottom of the cap/hood, Porcini mushrooms have a spongy layer of tissue that’s made up of a multitude of little tubes. In the case of porcini, they start out white and turn yellowish as the mushroom matures. 

Most people choose to use dried or powdered Porcini due to the challenges with preparing, cooking or storing this expensive mushrooms.




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What is Horopito?

This information was provided mainly from and the press release of

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Meatstock Festival Auckland

A recent announcement that the meaty festival that combines barbeques, music and barbers is coming to New Zealand in February  2017.

its not that far away! So book yourself in and support the industry whilst giving yourself a good feed and possibly a local craft beer to wash it down.

The team at Rhayne will certainly be attending!

rhayne meat stock horopito


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Venison - Hunters Horopito

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