FEAST LOCAL NELSON + Lemon & Honey Posset

Feast Local Nelson | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

A few weeks ago my sister Ana and I hosted our first Feast Local gathering. Held in the beautiful courtyard at Fairfield House surrounded by spring roses, our guests feasted on a menu of exclusively local food. It was an event I had been dreaming up for over a year … Read More

HANDMADE: Heavenly Rose Water

Handmade Rose Water | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

What is it about roses? Their scent and beauty is just so divine. On my regular walking route there is this white-picket fence that has several roses tumbling over onto the footpath. They stop me short each time I walk past, I never pick them (they are someones roses) but … Read More

VIDEO | RAW FRUIT TART from my 2016 CALENDAR – Now Available!

Nicola Christmas Fete

Last year I self-published my first recipe calendar. The response was amazing, and I sent calendars all around New Zealand and the world! This year I have excitedly teamed up with local publishers Potton & Burton to print and distribute my Homegrown Kitchen 2016 Calendar around the country. This online … Read More


Broad Bean & Halloumi Salata | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Some of the best food I have ever experienced was during a visit to the Greek Islands. My mum was house-sitting for several months on the island of Paros (as you do), so I flew across the world to visit her. It was winter so the tavernas (small Greek restaurants … Read More

RAW CHIA MARMALADE + Introducing Feast Local

Raw Orange Chia Marmalade | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Truth: this chia marmalade doesn’t really taste like marmalade but Orange Jam just didn’t sound quite right. OK, now I have that off my chest I can tell you more about this gorgeous spring-kissed raw conserve. I haven’t eaten homemade marmalade for years because of the high-sugar content. However, this … Read More

GINGERBREAD FUDGE SMOOTHIE + My Family Table Cookbook Giveaway

Gingerbread Fudge Smoothie by Eleanor Ozich

As this online world grows there are some little corners of the interweb that are a welcome respite from the vast amount of information out there. One of those places is Eleanor Ozich’s serene food blog, Petite Kitchen. I still remember the first time I came across it, I just … Read More