Home & Garden: In case you missed it

Home & Garden 03/06/2018

In case you missed it, here's a look back at RadioLIVE's Home & Garden with Tony Murrell for June 2nd & 3rd, 2018.

Palmerston North's Just Zilch

It may be a cheesy way to celebrate seven years redistributing surplus food to needy families, but Palmerston North's Just Zilch is again up for the southern cheese rolls challenge.

Tony and Helen talk with Rebecca Culver from Just Zilch in Palmerston North.

Supermarket Sleuth

This week on Supermarket Sleuth: Australia has taken a stand on guaranteeing that the free range eggs Aussies buy over the ditch are genuine, alcohol manufacturers have rejected a call for health warnings, and Whittaker’s is still our most trusted brand.

Tony and Helen catch up with Supermarket Sleuth John Winters. 

Recipe: Lemon and Elderflower cake

This cake was of course inspired by the wedding cake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

See the recipe below. We have opted for a lemon pound cake with the addition of elderflower syrup.


  • 250g (8.8oz) butter, softened
  • 250g (8.8oz and just over 1 cup) sugar
  • juice finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 Henergy Cage Free eggs
  • 250g (8.8oz) flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup(60ml or 2 fluid oz) plain yoghurt
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) elderflower syrup
  • 200g (7oz) butter, softened
  • 300g (10.5 oz or 3 cups) icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon curd
  • flowers, berries or lemon peel to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F)
  2. Grease and line 2 x 20cm (8″) cake tins with baking paper.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each then add the lemon zest.
  5. Sift over the combined flour and baking powder, pour in the yoghurt and gently fold the ingredients together.
  6. Divide the batter between the two tins and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden, firm and a skewer inserted comes out clear.
  7. While the cakes are baking combine the elderflower syrup and lemon juice together in a small jug.
  8. Pierce the hot cakes with fine skewers or toothpicks and evenly drizzle with syrup.
  9. Leave to sit for 15 minutes before removing from the tins to cool.
  10. To make the frosting, beat the butter with an electric mixer for a few minutes before adding the icing sugar and continuing to beat for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.  Mix in the lemon curd.
  11. Place one cake on a cake plate or stand and cover with frosting.  Sit the other cake on top and cover the top and sides with frosting. 
  12. Decorate with flowers or berries.

Makes 8 generous slices.

2018 Ice Cream Awards

Winner in the 2018 Ice Cream Awards with their black sesame ice cream,
Ginelli’s has also won the Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer. 

Tony and Helen talk with Max Tairi from Ginelli's Ice Cream in St John’s, Auckland.

Christchurch Chlorination

Christchurch City Council has announced the chlorination levels in Christchurch's drinking water will be lowered in an attempt to reduce the strong taste and smell.

Tony talks with Sue Kelly from Water Systems Ltd in Christchurch.

Trends in Roses for 2018

Flower trends come and go but cut roses are always a classic choice.

If there were a hierarchy of flowers, the vibrant and fragrant rose would reign supreme.

Tony talks with Hayden Foulds, Vice President of the NZ Rose Society.

The Cacophony Project

Every day, all around New Zealand, the dawn chorus tells us that our birdlife is one of our greatest treasures. And yet, New Zealand’s native birds are under threat from introduced predators such as possums, rats and stoats.

Tony talks with Grant Ryan, Project Co-Ordinator of The Cacophony Project.

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 Tony Murrell with a few simple cleaning tips.

New seasons roses are about to arrive

What is new on offer this year, where to plant and advice on planting the beautiful rose.

Tony finds out more from Ben Pratt from Tasman Bay Roses Nurseries.

Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginners Guide

Kath Irvine is a permaculture designer and has been designing and managing edible gardens.

She has recently released her second book called Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginner's Guide.

Tony talks with author Kath Irvine.

The Meth House Myth

Is it the biggest scam New Zealand has ever had?

Would you be comfortable with a level of “several hundred micrograms” of methamphetamine residue in an area where small children would be exposed? The Prime Minister's Chief Science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman says its fine.

Tony talks with Stuart Keer-Keer, Quality and Technical Manager for K2 Environmental Ltd.


Hiddenbed was developed in 2003 in Uruguay by Juan Carlos Monestier, a mechanical engineer who desperately wanted a solution for his space problems when his son returned after graduation to live in their modestly sized family home.

Stan and Hamish talk with Pete Algie, Manager for Hiddenbed NZ in Greytown.

Coffins - A Dying Art

Dying Art was established in 2003 to provide a personalised casket service as a means for family and friends to celebrate the life of their loved one.

Hamish and Stan talk with Ross Hall from Dying Art in Auckland's Wairau Valley.

Packaging made from plants not oil

Auckland company Ecoware produces and imports environmentally conscious food packaging for the domestic hospitality and events industry, including compostable bioplastic cups, lids and utensils.

They have also won several big contracts to supply airlines and hospitals.

Stan and Hamish talk with James Calver from Ecoware.

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.