NANA’S CHILLED CUCUMBER SOUP

My passion for cooking can be credited to my Nana. She taught me to cook. My parents weren’t too flash in the area of food, though they did their best. Knowing they didn’t have these skills they shipped me off to my Nana to learn. Gosh, that sounds like some … Read More

OAT-CRUSTED BURGERS IN LETTUCE CUPS

This is a quick post today to share the recipe for the oat-crusted venison burgers I took to a BBQ recently. I had a few requests for the recipe when I posted this photo on my Facebook page, so here it is. The secret ingredient in these flavoursome and tender … Read More

PEACH BLUEBERRY & AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

We have a peach tree in the back yard which doesn’t look like much. It is hugging the side of a garden shed and often has leaf curl… but it produces the juiciest sweetest peaches. Here is a photo of our recent harvest. They have white, almost light-green flesh, which … Read More

FRAGRANT GARDEN MULCH + A SIMPLE MARROW DISH

I have been a little slackĀ mulching the garden this year. In past years I have used leaves collected in Autumn and rotted down over the winter to scatter around the summer plants. This year we used all our collected leaves to mulch the blackberry patch and use as ‘brown layers’ … Read More

BLACKCURRANT & BAYLEAF CONSERVE

On a hot Sunday afternoon recently, we headed out for a late lunch at our friends Tama & Koichi’s. If you live in Nelson and like sushi you will quite possibly have eaten at Tama & Koichi’s fantastic Sushi Bar – Ikko Sushi in the Marble Arch Arcade (near No. … Read More

APRICOT MADEIRA CAKE

Happy New Year to you and your families. I hope the year ahead is happy and full of delicious food…! We have a GIGANTIC apricot tree in our backyard, reaching some 5 meters high, most of the fruit is eaten by the birds. Lucky birds, not so lucky our tummies. … Read More