My new cookbook Homegrown Kitchen officially hit the shelves of bookstores and retailers around New Zealand on 10th April 2017. This is the book that I have always wanted to write – a culmination of 18 years studying, researching and teaching others how to cook and eat well. My sincere hope it that it will find a place in your kitchen, splattered with food, littered with page markers and handwritten jottings in the margin, just like my own favourite cookbooks. It is an insight into how I cook and the reasons behind the techniques I use. The recipes are a combination of notes from my sell-out cooking workshops around New Zealand interwoven with everyday meals I prepare for my family. It is essentially my kitchen wrapped up in the pages of a book.
* Order signed copies of Homegrown Kitchen – Everyday Recipes for Eating Well HERE. At this time my book is only available in New Zealand bookstores and retailers and through my website. You can order online HERE for free postage within Australia, and HERE for free worldwide shipping.
Here is the official book trailer we made with my children and I harvesting then cooking a recipe from the book… Happy watching!
*Music – Rise & Fall by Nadia Reid
Every single recipe in Homegrown Kitchen is accompanied with an image, mostly photographed myself in my home kitchen as I was cooking for my family, plus everyday lifestyle images by my sister Ana Galloway. The book begins with a handy section on stocking the pantry plus useful kitchen equipment. Then launches into the ‘bricks and mortar’ section of the book – Kitchen Essentials. This comprehensive section includes the recipes I make most weeks, sometimes daily, including ghee, yogurt, coconut yogurt, homemade stock, sourdough bread (including gluten-free bread), pastry, nut and seed butter and much more. Instead of delegating this section to the back of the book, like most recipe books, I wanted to instead begin the book with the recipes I make most often.
A section on Preserving & Fermentation follows with recipes for safely preserving the harvest including preserved fruit pieces, compote, chutney’s and jam, all using minimal sugar – and in some cases no added sugar at all. I introduce the art of naturally preserving food through lacto-fermentation, one of my favourite subjects and something I have spent years researching and perfecting into the simplest methods so anyone can master it at home. We are now half way through the book, and I haven’t even got to the main meals yet! The rest of the book is divided into Morning, Daytime, Evening and Sweet, and contain the everyday family meals I make most often depending on the season and produce availability.
Here is a selection of my favourite recipes from each section:
KITCHEN ESSENTIALS – golden ghee (I can’t live without it) / 5-minute sourdough pancakes / overnight rustic sourdough bread / gluten-free sourdough bread with seed crust / smoky tamari seeds
PRESERVING & FERMENTATION – tomato & carrot kasundi / low-sugar fruit conserve / spicy kimchi-style kraut / lacto-fermented green beans
MORNINGS – protein-boosted nut & seed granola / golden bunch waffles / overnight chocolate-hazelnut pastries
DAYTIME – whole-grain sesame cracker breads / sardine butter / everything pantry cookies / buckwheat pikelets
EVENING – miso & ginger ramen / silverbeet palak paneer / salmon teriyaki rice bowl / nourishing broken-bone chicken soup / 8-hour leg of lamb with homemade mint sauce / braised lentil, fennel & sausage casserole / sauteed greens
SWEET – chocolate & apricot fudge / pumpkin caramel slice / boiled lemon & coconut loaf / pear & chocolate layer cake / sourdough Madeira cake (this is what we are making in the video above) / real-fruit ice cream / free-form galette tart with summer fruit / double chocolate raspberry puddings
If you haven’t already I really hope you will consider purchasing my new cookbook. It is full of information I have gathered over the past 18 years and the recipes I make most often. Thank-you for following along my journey thus far. Nicola xx
*At this time my book is only available in New Zealand bookstores and retailers and through my website – order personally signed copies HERE. You can now order online HERE for free postage within Australia, and HERE for free worldwide shipping.
p.s. Find reviews, reader feedback & FAQ’s for Homegrown Kitchen cookbook HERE.
p.s.s. I was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on National Radio recently, you can listen HERE.