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 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


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


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