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


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

SPRING ASPARAGUS & MINT QUICHE with a Simple Oat & Seed Crust

And I’m back! well almost… I am currently knee-deep in final book editing and the design stage of the cookbook – this is the exciting part, where the past 2 years of writing and researching begins to take shape into the form of an actual book! In between editing bouts … Read More


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

ORANGE FENNEL & MINT SLAW with Crispy Fish Tacos

The first day of spring was a special day. It was the day I handed in my new cookbook manuscript. And although there is still plenty of work to complete, including more photos, book designing and the final edit, it is for now a huge relief to have that part … Read More

Country Kitchen: DANDELION BITTERS Spring Tonic

Today I share another guest recipe while I complete my next cookbook manuscript (only a few weeks to go!). Hannah shares wholesome recipes on her online journal Country Kitchen and creates handcrafted botanical products, as well as being a busy Mum of 2 littlies. She has assisted me on several … Read More