Handmade: SOURDOUGH PAPPARDELLE + Creamy Thyme Mushrooms

I love how serendipitous the rhythm of life is. After a busy few months preparing for my new cookbook to be released I was in desperate need of a little break, and so the slower pace of autumn arrives. Early nights, warm fires and the therapeutic knitting needles are out. … 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

*CAMPFIRE* SLOW-COOKED ZUCCHINI & TOMATO RAGU

I know I am not the first to say this, but 2016 was a full year. In part this was self-induced by taking on the mammoth task of writing a new cookbook when my oldest child had just started school and youngest still at part-time pre-school. But, for reasons unbeknownst … Read More

SPRING ASPARAGUS & MINT QUICHE with a Simple Oat & Seed Crust

And I’m back! well almost… I am currently knee-deep in final book editing and the design stage of the cookbook – this is the exciting part, where the past 2 years of writing and researching begins to take shape into the form of an actual book! In between editing bouts … Read More

ORANGE FENNEL & MINT SLAW with Crispy Fish Tacos

The first day of spring was a special day. It was the day I handed in my new cookbook manuscript. And although there is still plenty of work to complete, including more photos, book designing and the final edit, it is for now a huge relief to have that part … Read More

CAULIFLOWER & THYME CRUMBLE

It was a typical Saturday morning. After a slow start we meander down to the market to top-up on produce and eat lunch in the sun. My first stop is Brent & Kevin’s stall – Grown in Hope – and I am literally stopped in my tracks. There is little … Read More

SUPER-BOOST WINTER SLAW

It all begins with the humble cabbage. We love all things cruciferous around here – kale (here, here and here), Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower, but really, the humble cabbage is probably the most under-rated superfood around. It is rarely out-of-season, easy to find and can be used in numerous … Read More

WILD MUSHROOM & BUCKWHEAT PILAF + Winter Pesto

We have this fabulous little farmers’ market in the middle of the week I attend almost every week without fail. I arrive empty-handed and leave with bags bursting at the seams with an array of produce to compliment what is growing in our garden. Purchasing food straight from the source … Read More

FIG & GOAT CHEESE SALAD w/ Honeyed Walnuts

Did you know it’s National Honey Week? I don’t often jump on a campaign, however, this is something close to my heart [and garden]. This is a week to celebrate the little honey bee that is so essential for pollination of many edible plants and fruit trees that nourish us. … Read More

A BELUGA & KALE SALAD w/ Orange Miso Dressing

As I travel around the country running my Cooking Workshops I am often asked where I am visiting from. This question is generally not asked by the people coming to a workshop, but the other people I encounter during my trips. The shuttle driver, the cook school staff, hotel owner … Read More