I love following the Maramataka Maori calendar (www.manawhenua.com). I look ahead and try and ensure that the meetings, events, and important dates are scheduled in on days that work best with the calendar. I love getting out in the garden and planting veges knowing that they will likely have a better chance of surviving because I am planting them at the right times (and in the right season tends to help too!).
It's been a mixed bag of days in the calendar this past week, some high energy where I am going 100 miles an hour, Augie can attest - in my stride I thought it a great idea to paint the stairwell (he finished it), amongst other days in the calendar where I purposely took a bit more care, was more thoughtful, and chill. There's still quite a lot of chaos in the whare - most of the house is all neat, but the kitchen and dining are a total wreck as we are revamping the kitchen. Hoping to have it installed prior to this long weekend. Keep calm though, this hasn't impacted on the business, we still have our Toru Road Vegan Kale & Kawakawa Pesto!
I have managed to do some work on my brand this past week, so finally we have some proper business cards to hand out that have the right website address (www.toruroad.nz). I was so embarrassed handing out my first set that were a rush job as part of the Pop-Up Business Aotearoa School. I've also done the branding for the Toru Road Not Your Ordinary Granola, Honey. This will be the basis for the other products we have, so this is very exciting. Still working on my pesto labels and the dukkah, and then our Kimchi with Watercress - which should be mature in a week or two. Yum.
Had a great night out at Lulu's in Wellington on Friday night with my Spicey Friends (I'm Posh btw) to celebrate our Lochiel Spices birthday (ex Lochiel Marching Team), and had a request for Toru Road to make a white bean dip as an alternative to hummus. My white bean dip uses cannellini beans instead of chick peas and is nice and creamy. I will have to think on that a bit more, every kai introduced has to have a native NZ ingredient that makes it pop so if you have ideas and want to have your influence in a white bean dip to beat all other hummus dips on the market then message me https://m.me/ToruRoad. Another name other that White Bean Dip would also be great.