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

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

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

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

DELICATE ORANGE & LAVENDER COOKIES

Wow, winter has truly arrived! For a while there I thought we would get off lightly this year with a mild winter, however, these last few days have been some of the coldest I remember while living in this house. Although, there was that winter when the pipes froze… but … Read More

WINTER CAESAR SALAD with Kale & Brussels Sprouts

Firstly, Thank-you… for all the support and encouragement for my new cookbook. I truly can’t wait to share it with you early next year. I have read through every single survey response – over 400 of them! – taking notes (some that will be used at a later date) and … Read More

CHOCOLATE BERRY & WALNUT CAKE

Autumn is such a glorious season. After the heat and busy-ness of the summer months I welcome the cooler nights and crisp mornings, while still enjoying the warmth of the sun during the day. It feels like an invitation to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. Plus … Read More

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI (or Marrow) SLICE

Over the past 3 years or so I have shared 163 recipes on Homegrown Kitchen. The recipes vary greatly – some are family regulars, others are seasonal one-offs, many are gluten-free, and there are quite a few dairy-free recipes from the early days when my son couldn’t tolerate dairy (now … Read More

CHOCOLATE BEETROOT BROWNIE + A Radio Interview

One of the first things I learned to grow was beetroot. In my early days of gardening I was rather ambitious, growing all these exotic things because they sounded like fun – like Borlotto Fire Tongue Bean. However, as the years have passed I have worked out it is so … Read More

CHOCOLATE CHIP CHICKPEA COOKIES + Sweet & Simple Book

Winter: is cold nights snuggled by the fire watching movies and knitting. Cold grey days [luckily not too many in Nelson] also mean time inside staying warm and keeping ourselves occupied beyond movies. This winter I have been enjoying planning sewing projects with my 4-year-old who thrives on Mumma time … Read More

SOURDOUGH BRUNCH HOTCAKES

I am often asked, ‘why are gluten & wheat allergies so prevalent these days?’. Unfortunately there isn’t a simple answer, as there are many factors at play here. However, one thing I can tell you. It is the way we are processing our grains in particular gluten-containing grains that is … Read More