Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson is an opinionated lady living in rural New Zealand

Food
Apr 24, 2021

Don't mention the war: On grandparents and Anzac biscuits (with recipe)

'I wonder what went through his head every Anzac Day, every year. Maybe you could be forgiven for just wanting to get blitzed and forget about it altogether.'

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Food
Mar 30, 2021

The best and worst chocolate bunnies of Easter 2021

Hollow ones, filled ones, cheap ones, luxury buys, chonkin' big boys and mini snackettes – which will reign supreme?

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Food
Mar 12, 2021

What to do with all those 8c-a-kilo tomatoes you bought

For one crazy, beautiful day this week, you could've bought a bathtub of toms for a handful of coins. But what to do with them?

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Society
Feb 22, 2021

Fat women answer their internet trolls

Under any online photo of a plus-size woman there's almost always a stream of abusive and cruel comments. What would fat women say back?

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Food
Jan 14, 2021

A meat eater reviews New Zealand’s best and worst vegetarian sausages

Which meat-free snarler should grace your summer barbie?

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Society
Jan 3, 2021

What to consider before fleeing Auckland for a small country town

Summer holidays got you dreaming of a happier, easier, gentler life in the provinces? Amanda Thompson actually made the move, and has some real talk on what to expect.

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Food
Dec 20, 2020

Recipe: The great berry sponge cake

Whipping up a light-as-air sponge is easy when you live in the literal future (ie have access to an electric beater).

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Society
Dec 9, 2020

Class of 2020: A parent’s letter to her child

'I know you don’t need me any more and I’m happy with that. It’s the way it should be.'

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Society
Oct 16, 2020

A naive grower’s guide to great weed

An entirely hypothetical guide to cultivating your own cannabis plants.

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Parents
Sep 3, 2020

A Father’s Day guide to the Dadliest gifts of all

Because nothing says 'thanks Dad!' than a bag of pork crackling.

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Media
Aug 6, 2020

Review: This Town is funny but you won’t always be laughing

It's billed as 2020's feel good Kiwi comedy, but how dark does this gentle romcom really get?

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Food
Jul 23, 2020

On the dark and mysterious art of reading tea leaves

Fame, fortune, where you left your keys – the tea leaves will tell all.

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Art
Jun 6, 2020

Swimming from our comfort zones: The fabric art of Maungarongo Te Kawa

Wrapping everyone in a blanket of love, whakapapa and mauri: the brave, exuberant and generous fabric art of Maungarongo Te Kawa

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Food
Apr 27, 2020

On dystopian nightmares and tinned condensed milk

No flour? No problem. This recipe has you covered.

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Food
Apr 8, 2020

Hallelujah, a choccy fave is resurrected. So can this new Snifter egg save Easter?

What's an Ōamaru sweet maker doing giving away a product remarkably similar to the late, lamented Snifter?

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Food
Mar 27, 2020

Embracing the wartime ethos (but with plenty of carbs and butter)

If you've got some stale bread, butter and milk, you've got yourself pudding.

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Food
Mar 12, 2020

Don’t know what to say? Make these sympathy snacks

Dealing with grief is hard. Comfort carbs make it a little bit easier, says Amanda Thompson.

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Society
Jan 29, 2020

What to consider before fleeing Auckland for a small country town

Summer holidays got you dreaming of a happier, easier, gentler life in the provinces? Amanda Thompson actually made the move, and has some real talk on what to expect.

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Food
Jan 14, 2020

The ice blocks I have eaten this summer, from best to worst

Whether you're a hungover mess, on a road trip with fractious children or just a bit hot and thirsty, ice blocks are the answer. But not all are created equal, finds Amanda Thompson.

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Society
Dec 24, 2019

The 12 characters of Christmas and how to deal

The Weird Old Guy with a ponytail who no one really knows, and 11 more oddly specific characters you'll probably encounter this Christmas.

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Food
Dec 1, 2019

Anything but Roses! The best (and worst) chocolate boxes to give this Christmas

It's accepted wisdom that a box of assorted chocolates is the perfect Christmas gift for one and all. But now Roses are rubbish, what to choose? Amanda Thompson is here to help.

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Food
Oct 29, 2019

Ah, spring: frisky lambs, horrible hay fever and fabulous fresh produce

Sure, everything around you might be reproducing with disgusting enthusiasm, but at least there's asparagus. Here's a vinaigrette to save the day.

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Food
Sep 27, 2019

Recipe: An extremely good chocolate brownie

Planning a big blowout of illicit dairy deliciousness? This is the brownie for you.

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Sports
Sep 21, 2019

We want to play like the girls: The contact sport where men play catch-up to women

Amanda Thompson spends a day with the New Zealand men's roller derby squad as they prepare for next year's world champs in the US.

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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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