COOKING WORKSHOPS + Strawberry & Hazelnut Chocolate Cups

Homegrown Kitchen Cooking Workshops

And the Homegrown Kitchen Cooking Workshops are here! What started as an idea in my head while walking last month, and followed by a little survey to gauge interest, has overwhelmed me with the positive response. For the last 5 years I have enjoyed a break from teaching to start a family and now I am excited to be getting back into it. And hopefully meet some of you lovely people who leave comments here and on Facebook.

So without further ado, introducing the Homegrown Kitchen Cooking Workshops for Nelson/Term 2. You can book onto one workshop or many, dipping into what interests you most. If you have any questions please send me a message through the contact form on the site. *And If you live out of Nelson don’t go far as there are exciting plans in the pipeline! Make sure you join my *Workshops & Events* mailing list to be the first to hear about happenings HERE.

Check out my new *Workshops & Events* website HERE.

*I would LOVE your help spreading the word. You will definitely know better than I do who may be interested in joining a workshop in Nelson or elsewhere in NZ. Please share this post using the ‘sharing buttons’ at the top or bottom of the post – you can send a link directly to a friend/s. Or you can ‘tag’ your friends on Facebook HERE. Thank-you kindly, and hopefully see some of you soon! Nicola xx

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It’s fig season. I can tell because every second stall at the farmers’ market seems to have a basket offering plump & juicy figs. We have a fig tree at the bottom of the garden, however, not your average fig tree fruiting in late January. I know that is not unusual, but what is surprising is that the tree often fruits a second time in April. Not every single year, this year was an off-year but we got a large harvest in January so am not complaining. I am sure it’s not that unusual for a fig tree to fruit twice it will likely be the variety but as the tree is over 20 years old and we didn’t actually plant it I have no hope in finding out to tell you. If you an heirloom fruit tree enthusiast and know the answer, please share so I can tell people when they ask.

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Genius #dairyfree Buttercream Icing | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

This is genius people… pure genius. While trialling a recipe for my daughter’s birthday last week I decided to have a play with a #dairyfree buttercream icing. Wammo, I nailed it first attempt – plus have tested it 2 more times with success. And what’s even better is that this thick and creamy dairy-free icing is made from just 3-ingredients.

So let’s get straight into it. With the response I have had on Facebook & Instagram when I posted a few photos of first the trial cake and then the actual birthday cake I suspect this is a recipe many of you will be excited about also. I love it when I am not the only one excited about a recipe. And the birthday cake was well received gobbled up by all the children – and adults with glee. My Aunty even proclaimed it the best cake she has ever eaten. WOW, not sure if I would go as far to say that but it’s pretty spesh. Continue reading →

LENTIL BOLOGNESE + My Darling Lemon Thyme Book Giveaway

Lentil Bolognese: My Darling Lemon Thyme Book Review | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

The book arrived on the courier several weeks ago. I read it cover to cover on that first day reading late into the night, I couldn’t get enough. The book has since sat, often in use, on our kitchen island and is making itself very much at home there. That book is the much-anticipated first cookbook by Emma Galloway – My Darling Lemon Thyme – Recipes from my real food kitchen [Published April 1st 2014 - Harper Collins].

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HOMEGROWN SWEET CORN + Corn & Pesto Nuggets

Sweet Corn & Pesto Nugget | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Today for lunch I made these sweet little corn and pesto nuggets. For some reason my children turn up their noses to pieces of whole corn in a fritter so instead I grated the corn into the mixture. Success! They eagerly ate them sitting on the kitchen floor while dunking them into the yogurt sauce. Give them a go for lunch this week before the corn season comes to a screaming halt. They would also make a tasty addition to school lunchboxes.

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ALMOND & PEACH TART {Guest Post: Hannah from Country Kitchen}


Today I share a guest recipe by Hannah from Country Kitchen. Another budding organic gardener foodie, Hannah is based in Auckland and shares her wholesome seasonal recipes on her blog. I have asked Hannah to step in for me this week as I attended a food photography workshop on Monday with Helene Dujardin. Helene’s informative book Plate to Pixel opened my eyes to food photography, so it was great to meet her in person and learn new tips and ideas to take amazing photos of food. I am inspired.

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