Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson is an opinionated lady living in rural New Zealand

Food
Aug 24, 2019

The secret to raising hearty children? Baking in bulk (and this gingernut recipe)

At school camp, the children are banned from having phones, laptops, lollies, chocolate, money, cotton clothing or independent thoughts. They, are, however, allowed home baking – but it's gotta be hearty. 

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Food
Aug 7, 2019

If life gives you grapefruit, make marmalade

Sure, it's not as easy to love as the versatile lemon or the alluring tangelo, but the grapefruit has its place, says Amanda Thompson – and that place is on your toast. 

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Food
Jul 30, 2019

Kale is cancelled: Here are five greens that are better

The modern zeal for eating this cruciferous crap must count among the most ridiculous food fads of our time, says Amanda Thompson.

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Food
Jul 10, 2019

Recipe: The perfect lemon and lime slice

Have you found yourself with more lemons than you know what to do with? Hens laying overtime? Never fear, this perfect citrus slice is here. 

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Food
Jun 21, 2019

On birthdays, babies and rainbow jellies

Amanda Thompson, who knows a thing or two about first birthdays, reckons this momentous day should be marked with celebratory jellies of multiple hues. 

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Food
Jun 10, 2019

A love letter to my crockpot

Think you don't need a slow cooker? Think you're too cool, too hip, too spontaneous? Think again, says Amanda Thompson.

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Food
Jun 3, 2019

Behind the scenes with the Willy Wonka of Christchurch

Marshmallow justice warrior Amanda Thompson visits a real-life chocolate factory and quite possibly saves the Easters of the future. 

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Society
May 30, 2019

It’s time to abolish our last bastion of pay discrimination

The Minimum Wage Exemption scheme has allowed New Zealand businesses to legally pay workers with a disability as little as 80 cents an hour for years. Amanda Thompson explains why abolishing this law is well overdue. 

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Society
May 9, 2019

How to pick the right perfume for mum this Mother’s Day

Whether she's a "spontaneously elegant woman" or subscribes to "feminine, rock-chic", there's a fancy, expensive designer perfume for every mum. 

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Food
May 3, 2019

Why the humble guava is worth the palaver

Don't let those brazen feijoas steal the limelight – guavas are also ubiquitous at this time of year, and their flavour is just as curiously delicious.

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Food
Apr 24, 2019

The perfect dish: soul-soothing fruitcake

The long, restorative process of baking fruitcake – and eating the results – has helped Amanda Thompson through the worst of times.

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Food
Mar 30, 2019

New Zealand’s top five non-Cadbury marshmallow Easter eggs of 2019

With the erstwhile corporate king of Easter now a persona non grata, where's a marshmallow egg fan to turn? To this list, that's where.

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Society
Mar 12, 2019

It took Michael Jackson’s victims 20 years. It took me 20 years, too

I waited two decades to take it to court. I can talk about this now when others can’t, because I was lucky

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Society
Mar 5, 2019

In New Zealand, our cops don’t carry guns

The recent controversy over the arming of Christchurch police prompted Amanda Thompson to remember the time she was confronted by the United States' unapologetic gun culture.

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