HAZELNUT MERINGUES with Raspberry Labneh Creme

I have been watching them closely this spring. In winter, they were little more than dead looking twigs standing upright in the ground. A few weeks into spring I notice little green shoots sprouting along the canes, slowly unfurling into a familiar green leaf. The delicate white blossoms weren’t far … Read More

ROASTED ORANGE & HAZELNUT CAKE

This is just a little bit exciting… starting this week I am sharing my Homegrown Kitchen recipes in Fairfax newspapers around New Zealand and on Stuff.co.nz. Being asked to write a nationwide recipe column is a dream come true after quietly working away in my little corner of the web … Read More

SPICED TO PERFECTION GINGERBREAD with Roasted Squash

This week I turned 38. I don’t know about you, but I often find myself reflecting on life during my birthday month – although this also could be influenced by winter hibernation mode. For whatever reason it has been a strong time of contemplation, in particular around my work – … Read More

FEIJOA PEAR & GINGERNUT CRUMBLE

I often plan the recipes I share here weeks in advance. Always beginning with seasonal produce as my inspiration, either growing in the garden or a market find. In fact, this is a reflection of how I cook throughout the year. I first look at the produce available and then … Read More

FIG & CHOCOLATE TORTE

It is not unusual to find a random bag or box of produce on our doorstep. Especially in autumn when fruit is plentiful and there is more than enough to go around, a kind neighbour or friend will often drop off their excess. This has been a welcome gift this … Read More