Home & Garden: In case you missed it

Home & Garden 17/06/2018

In case you missed it, here's a look back at RadioLIVE's Home & Garden for June 16th & 17th, 2018

What's the most expensive meal you've ever eaten?

Masterchef winners Kasey and Karena Bird have caused mouths to froth this week over news that tickets to their exclusive pop-up restaurants in Auckland and Wellington will cost $340 each.

Linda and Helen talk with Felicity O’Driscoll, executive members of Food Writers NZ, and owner of Cook The Books - a specialist cookbook store in Auckland.

Supermarket Sleuth

Another New World opens in the Lower North Island replacing a store banner now consigned to the history books. Is canned soup gradually being replaced by fresh soup in pouches? Also, Countdown will have a new boss at the helm from next month.

Linda and Helen catch up with Supermarket Sleuth John Winters.

Breakfast around the world

Breakfast varies wildly around the world but for many of us we choose and eat the same breakfast day in day out. 50 breakfast recipes from around the world will get your day started differently and deliciously.

Linda and Helen talk with author Bridget Davis.

The science of how plants survive winter

Winter is the month that can be a little hard to survive for anybody and not all plants go into survival mode in winter. So what should you do to plants that have been badly hit by frost?

Linda talks with Jack Hobbs, curator manager at Auckland Botanic Gardens Manurewa.

Students take on the moth plant

Mt Albert Grammar School's Head of Physics Mike Ashby joins Linda in studio to talk about a pod hunting competition, sponsored by Albert Eden and Howick local boards.

Winter soups from the garden

With the rise of soup sales in posh pouches rather than tins, homemade soup can still trump anything you can buy - so what's your favourite flavour?

Linda talks with Heather Cole from Country Trading Co. in Nelson.

Heather Cole's "Cullen Skink" Smoked Fish Soup

Cullen skink is an old Scottish soup from the home of haddock. You can add vegetables such as finely cubed parsnips and carrots for a full meal.  


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 500g smoked fish, flaked or filleted
  • 500ml water
  • 500ml fish or chicken stock (or milk)
  • 225g mashed potato
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • Generous slosh of cream


  1. Saute onion in butter until soft.
  2. Add fish and water and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in mashed potato and mix well.
  4. Add stock, simmer for another 10 minutes, season to taste and serve with a good dollop of cream or sour cream and sprinkle with parsley.

Skinny trees for tiny spaces

It's an undeniable fact that with increasing property prices smaller sections, infill and terraced housing, our gardens are shrinking and so are our options for planting,but just because your garden is small doesn't mean you should be afraid to plant trees.

Super skinny trees for small spaces, as recommended by Mary Robertson from specialist tree nursery, Leafland Big Trees, in Palmerston North

  1. The unusual upright English beech Fagus syvaltica ‘Dawyck’, which comes in  green, gold, or purple-leafed variations. Deciduous and gorgeous.

  2. Magnolia ‘Burgundy Star’ grows flat against a wall or spreadeagled along a boundary fence. Dark red/purple blooms in late winter/early spring and lovely lush foliage. Deciduous.

  3. The evergreen magnolia ‘Teddy Bear’ is a fantastic new tree that grows straight out and keeps its branches tightly held. Lovely dark glossy foliage with classic white flowers.

  4. Thuja 'Smaragd'. Hard to say but easy to grow! This cone-shaped evergreen conifer makes a great potted Christmas tree or no-clip topiary.

  5. Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter's Broom’ is a beautiful Japanese maple with a very upright habit. Adds grace and softness to a small garden.

  6. For a nice and skinny native, check out Hoheria angustifolia. The narrow-leafed lacebark is very columnar while young, with white flowers.

Heat Pumps

If we turn our heat pumps to 28 degrees immediately will it heat the room faster?

Can we install a heat pump ourselves, what are the savings in terms of heating compared to other forms of heating and can it be used 24/7?

Linda talks with Christian Hoerning, Senior Technical Advisor.

Chimney check

Between the months of March and September there is a huge demand to have wood burners cleaned and repaired. The best time to have your fireplace serviced is after winter. As for firewood, you can save hundreds of dollars buying it in the summer.

Linda chats with Murray McEwing​­, Otago Chimney Sweep Cleaning Services.

Wall Insulation

A well insulated home means increased comfort and decreased heating bills.

Wall insulation provides thermal insulation as well as helping prevent internal and external noise transfer. Wade Maurice from CosyWall Insulation explains.

The Queen of Clean

Best selling Australian author Shannon Lush is the "Queen of Clean," specialising in helping us all in cleaning and household management.

She joined Linda Hallinan with a few simple cleaning tips.

Home and Garden with Tony Murrell, 7am - 10am Saturday and Sunday mornings on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.