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


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


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


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


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


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