WINTER GARDEN CHIMICHURRI with Baby Fennel

This weekend I gardened. It has been quite a few months since I set aside a good chunk of time to potter around the garden. With the launch of my new cookbook 2 months ago it has been a busy time, but life is slowing again and I find myself … Read More

HOMEGROWN KITCHEN COOKBOOK IS HERE!

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

PROBIOTIC GHERKINS | Lacto-fermented Style

*Find a detailed section on Fermentation including Everyday Sauerkraut, Kimchi and Lacto-fermented Vegetables in my new cookbook – Homegrown Kitchen: Everyday Recipes for Eating Well – available in bookstores and retailers around New Zealand and personally signed copies HERE. ————— Our fridge is currently in a crisis state, and I … Read More

RAW CHIA ORANGE MARMALADE

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

FEIJOA PEAR & GINGER CHUTNEY

We have five feijoa trees*. We planted three when our son was born (we have this habit of planting fruit trees to celebrate the birth of a child), and then my Dad gave us two more as a birthday present. We didn’t complain, surely you can’t have too many feijoa … Read More

HOMEMADE: SOFT GOAT CHEESE

I love making homemade cheese. Although in all honesty, with two little children in tow and everything else thrown into the mix I rarely find the time. However, this soft goat cheese has become a fridge staple. Besides the length of time involved it is very simple to make – … Read More

CANE SUGAR-FREE OMEGA PLUM JAM

A friend asked me this question recently… ‘Is it really better for us to just swap out white sugar in recipes for other sweeteners such as dates or honey’. This is a fantastic question, one I am often asked, and have pondered quite a bit over the years. Although, as … 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

HANDMADE: COCONUT MILK

I like to make everyday pantry ingredients from scratch as often as I can. This is my second installment in my Handmade Series where I will show you how easy it is to make creamy coconut milk at home. Making fresh coconut milk means less waste and less exposure to … Read More

SHREWSBERRY BISCUITS + Sugar-Free BERRY JAM

There is a knack to picking blackberries. If you pick them too early they are insanely mouth-puckering tart. And if they are left too long they will fall off the vine with the slightest breeze. The key I find is to test the blackest of the berries by ever so … Read More

GUIDE TO PRESERVING THE HARVEST

*In my new cookbook – Homegrown Kitchen – Everyday recipes for eating well – I include more in-depth instruction about preserving including no-added sugar and low sugar recipes. Plus a comprehensive sub-section on fermentation (the traditional technique of food preservation). Homegrown Kitchen is available in bookstores and retailers around New … Read More