SAUCY SPRING DRESSINGS + GROWING ASPARAGUS

Some years ago I established an asparagus bed in the back yard. Growing asparagus is a serious commitment. Once the asparagus “crowns” are planted it takes  two to three years for the root system to establish before a single spear can be harvested. The first two years you basically do … Read More

BROAD BEAN & MINT RICOTTA HOT CAKES

I recently had a TV crew visit my garden to film a segment for a show in the New Year. The weeks leading up to the day I weeded and tidied my garden. However, looking neat wasn’t going to make my South Island veggie garden very exciting to film. Sure, … Read More

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