HELLO SPRING! Salad with Grilled Orange & Miso Dressing

Technically tomorrow is the first day of spring in the southern hemisphere. And it couldn’t come soon enough – was it just me or was winter WAY to long this year!? I am usually a happy cooler weather person, enjoying the swing of the seasons and all they bring. For … 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

SUPER GREEN BROAD BEAN FALAFEL

Hello summer! The season of abundance and giving, beach and river swims, and regular gatherings with friends and family. Every year I have grand plans of a slower time leading up to Christmas but somehow the calendar fills up with school picnics, end of year events and family barbecues. But … Read More

WINTER CAESAR SALAD with Kale & Brussels Sprouts

Firstly, Thank-you… for all the support and encouragement for my new cookbook. I truly can’t wait to share it with you early next year. I have read through every single survey response – over 400 of them! – taking notes (some that will be used at a later date) and … Read More

WILD MUSHROOM SOUP + Fennel Salsa

For many years now I have been eating predominately with the seasons. Over this time I have noticed how perfectly the garden harvest compliments the season. For example bright and vibrant berries and summer fruit scream sun and warmth, while the produce of autumn is more mellow with the colour … Read More

HERB BOOSTED TABBOULEH SALAD with Quinoa

I still clearly remember the first time I tasted real tabbouleh. It was while living in Canada and I was visiting a friend in Whistler. One of his roommates (flatmate) was Lebanese who loved to cook his traditional cuisine. One of the nights I was staying they had a good … Read More

INDOOR GRAPES + Mint & Walnut Dolmades

Homegrown Kitchen was born from our abundant garden harvest. On our urban property, just shy of a quarter acre, at last count we have 35 fruiting trees and berries. To list them all here would take too long so here is a short list of our favorites – apricot, white-fleshed … Read More

BROAD BEAN & HALLOUMI SALATA + Our New Glasshouse!

Some of the best food I have ever experienced was during a visit to the Greek Islands. My mum was house-sitting for several months on the island of Paros (as you do), so I flew across the world to visit her. It was winter so the tavernas (small Greek restaurants … Read More

SPICED VEGETABLE FRITTERS for Live Below The Line

This week is Live Below the Line week which challenges all kiwis to eat and drink on $2.25 a day to raise money to help the estimated 20 million people trapped in slavery. I don’t often jump on board with these things (at least in the online world) but when … Read More

BROAD BEAN TIP FRITTERS

And just like that it is spring! The change of season was more noticeable this year after the long cold winter, don’t you think? It seemed to literally change overnight. One day we were rugging up before heading outside, and the next we were shedding long sleeves to let the … 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