CHAI TEA MIX with Orange and Rooibos

Today I revisit a recipe that I shared here some years ago. There are some recipes I come back to every season like they are imprinted in my DNA and this is one of them. This simple chai tea mix makes a large quantity to last up to week – … Read More


I often plan the recipes I share here weeks in advance. Always beginning with seasonal produce as my inspiration, either growing in the garden or a market find. In fact, this is a reflection of how I cook throughout the year. I first look at the produce available and then … Read More


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 … Read More

CHAI-SPICED BIRCHER MUESLI with Chia Seeds and Apple

I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. I know it is the most important meal of the day to set us up for the day ahead. And in the weekends when there is more time at hand it is not unusual to have two or three breakfast sittings in our … Read More


My goodness, is it already Summer? It only feels like a few months ago we had a pantry stacked full with freshly made summer preserves. Then again, I suppose it was just last week that we opened our last jar of plums. I am hoping this preserving season we can … Read More

GINGERBREAD FUDGE SMOOTHIE + My Family Table Cookbook Giveaway

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


I recently received some humbling feedback from one of my cooking workshop attendees… “Thank you so much for the cooking workshop, Wow I have been buzzing ever since! It was great to be able to meet and talk with you, and fantastic to see the integrity that you approach this … Read More


PrintSpecial Occasion Fruit Punch We rarely give our children fruit juice because I know how concentrated fruit sugars become when the fibre is removed. As they say ‘drink your vegetables and eat your fruit’. However for special occasions like a birthday party we like to make a big bowl of … Read More

INFUSED HONEY: Elderflower Style

The gift of food is the best gift anyone can give – well in my eyes anyway. We try to keep our consuming of material stuff minimal around here but when it comes to food we don’t hold back often. If it is locally grown or produced I am happy … Read More


This week I have my friend and yoga teacher Sam Loe sharing a guest post here on Homegrown Kitchen. With the busy time of year fast approaching Sam shares a simple way we can recharge, and the importance of supporting our digestion. The perfect timing to set us up relaxed … Read More


OK, so this year has been a little manic. There has been the teaching around the country, food writing for magazines, producing a 2015 recipe calendar, and not to mention family life. Friends often say, ‘I don’t know how you do it with two young children’. Well, I will let … Read More