Olivia Sisson

Olivia Sisson is a food, culture, and tourism writer. She enjoys foraging, fermentation, and photographing fungi.

Food
Oct 9, 2021

Go for a walk, grab some weeds – hey presto, you've got pesto

Now is the perfect time to embrace foraging.

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Food
Sep 17, 2021

The weird and wonderful world of Trade Me’s ‘fresh produce’ section

If you're after an orange giving birth, some blue Pepsi or perhaps a two-day-old KFC burger, head straight to this curious corner of the world wide web.

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Food
Aug 29, 2021

Meet the Antarctic chef who’s a pro at cooking in isolation

Fed up with lockdown meal planning? Try being this guy.

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Food
Aug 8, 2021

Growing the world’s most expensive spice in New Zealand

With each precious stigma plucked delicately by hand, saffron cultivation requires serious dedication – and it shows in the price tag.

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NZTE
Jul 5, 2021

When life gives you lemons, make gravy – for dogs

First he lost his job, and then his dogs stopped eating their food. And that's when Anthony Gardiner saw an opportunity.

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Society
Jun 29, 2021

Why there’s no easy fix for the hospo skills shortage

Letting in more migrant workers might help in the short term, but the industry's problems run deep.

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Food
Jun 6, 2021

Green gold: How a Christchurch cooperative is sharing the olive bounty

Every year, hundreds of thousands of olives go to waste in New Zealand's parks, streets and back gardens. The Olive Oil Cooperative is doing something about that.

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Food
Apr 24, 2021

Finding fungi: A beginner’s guide to mushroom foraging season

Long weekend project: familiarise yourself with these easy-to-find fungi.

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Food
Apr 3, 2021

Meet the ex-cop growing wasabi in Canterbury

It's notoriously difficult to produce, which is why the vast majority of this pungent condiment isn't the real deal.

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