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

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

LUNCHBOX COOKIES with Chilean Guava + Cookbook Launch Invite

I was asked recently in an interview how much time I spend in the garden each week. I flippantly replied around 1-2 hours. Afterwards I thought some more about this, had I been overzealous with my estimation? Surely I must spend more time each week than the length of a … Read More

A LITTLE FANCY 2-INGREDIENT BLUEBERRY SORBET

I must confess, I am a hoarder. Not necessarily of material things, but of the edible, fill-our-bellies-with-good-food, kind of squirrel. I can’t bear to see food go to waste, especially if it can be easily stored for when it is cold outside and a jar of summer fruit is like … Read More

LITTLE APRICOT CAKES + Sourdough Variation

Nature is such a wonderful mystery. Although I have been gardening in the same garden for over 10 years, every simple year, season for that matter, is different. Sure, there is an underlying rhythm to the seasons but the rest is completely unpredictable. Which in a strange kind of way … Read More

SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATES + Gratitude Sourdough Bread

Today I share two recipes for this season of giving. The first is a recipe that featured in my Homegrown Kitchen 2015 Calendar*. You may remember the little stop-motion video my sister Ana and I made (scroll down) of those decadent Salted Caramel Chocolates. The other is a recipe that … Read More

LEMON & ELDERFLOWER HONEY PUDDINGS

Our lemon tree appears to be falling over. Or at least that is what we thought and propped it up with a sleeper wedge and wires. The reason for its slanted ways was a bit of a mystery as we rarely get high winds and there didn’t seem to be … Read More

Organic Ash: PECAN SALTED CHOCOLATE COOKIES (gf)

This is the last in the series of guest recipes from wonderful NZ foodies while I complete my cookbook. The end is very close, and it amazes me how long this book writing process takes, but seeing it all come together is so exciting. Tomorrow we are photographing the book … Read More