I take immense pleasure from food. Whether I am standing barefoot in the kitchen on a sunny Sunday morning blending herbs from the garden to make a quick pesto, planning a 3 course meal for a mid-winter dinner party, or standing over the stove surrounded by preserving jars, elbow deep in jam, I am happy.

My love of food has been fostered by many things. My Mum, who cooks the most delicious meals from a seemingly empty kitchen, is a constant source of inspiration and advice. I attribute my curiosity for all foods new and unusual to the time I spent in Asia as a teenager where chickens are bought live in the market, wrapped up in newspaper and tied up with a piece of string doubling as a handle. Where the most prized of fruits, the Durian, is banned from hotel rooms due to its pungent smell. And where the fish markets overwhelm the senses, boasting daily catches of almost unimaginable sizes, colours and textures.

For me food is constantly evolving. It adapts to the contents of your fridge or pantry, to the age or tastes of your guests, or most simply, with the seasons. Food can evoke a sense of nostalgia. It soothes and comforts, fuels and nourishes, surprises and satisfies. It brings us together.

More recently it is my vegetable garden and a new found passion for cooking fresh, seasonal, unprocessed food that inspires me. The process of selecting ingredients and experimenting with flavours, textures and colours that compliment each other is at once both challenging and rewarding. And when at last sitting down to eat, it is the company of good friends and family which is always the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

20th March 2014

Coconut & mango chia seed pudding

This recipe sits somewhere in between a dessert and a breakfast.  It has a gelatinous texture similar to that of sago and is creamy like rice pudding, without all the sugar and fat.  What makes it even more wonderful is that it is very quick to prepare.

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11th March 2014

Bircher muesli with pear & ginger compote

Autumn is upon us in our wee corner of the world.  The dark edges ever closer as the early evenings give way to night.  The mornings carry a chill in the air so where once our bare feet trod the pavements, now socks and shoes cushion our footfall and warm our toes.

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28th February 2014

LSA crusted fish with Kale, broccoli & orange salad

Whilst there’s not a religious bone in my body, I have been unwittingly espousing the wonders of Fish Fridays!  Unbeknownst to me the religious significance of eating fish on Fridays runs deep. Eating fish on this day is a commemorative nod to the sacrifice of Jesus who gave his life (on a Friday) to redeem [...]

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11th February 2014

Banana, almond butter & chocolate gluten-free muffins

These muffins are good, honest food for both the body and soul.  They are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet cravings that may plague you whilst simultaneously providing you with belly-filling healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, potassium and vitamin E.

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30th January 2014

Teriyaki Chicken

This is one of those fantastic go-to recipes, perfect for the holiday season when lazy days are spent at the beach and little energy is left to think about or execute dinner plans! It is very quick and easy to prepare and served with rice and steamed veges makes a healthy meal, an ideal remedy [...]

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17th January 2014

Raspberry ice cream cake

This raspberry ice cream cake makes a pretty summer dessert and is delicious served accompanied with raspberry coulis.  It is recipe which is well suited to being adapted to whatever fruit you might have on hand, be it fresh or frozen.  You could make it using fresh peaches or pineapple, frozen blueberries or strawberries.

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20th December 2013

Christmas Pudding with Vanilla Bean Custard

In August this year my boyfriends grandfather passed away.  He was a wonderful man who just 5 years ago had finished building his own octagonal house, the wood for which he milled himself, the pipes for which he ran.  One look around his home, perched high above a little-used train track, and you got a [...]

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2nd December 2013

Sweet Chilli Sauce

It’s a grey old day here in Auckland.  The sky is a blanket of thick black cloud from which falls an endless stream of rain.  It’s not particularly summery weather but I don’t mind.  In fact I like it, it’s doing our garden wonders and anything that speeds up the ripening of the first of [...]

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1st December 2013

A very merry christmas!

Last Christmas our son was four weeks old.  As we gathered around the Christmas tree to unwrap presents he lay sleeping, swaddled in muslin in his Moses basket oblivious to the sound of happy chatter and rustling paper.  This year, 11 months on, he has begun to twig on to the magic of Christmas.  To [...]

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25th November 2013

Strawberry & rose water kulfi

This is cheats kulfi.  The original version is far more labour intensive and involves gently simmering sweetened, flavoured milk until it evaporates by half leaving a thickened, very dense ice-cream.  In this version all the hard work is done for you by using sweetened condensed milk.  Just in time for summer

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7th November 2013

Lamb koftas with golden beetroot slaw

The latest craze in our kitchen is Middle Eastern food.  If it doesn’t contain pinenuts or pistachios, coriander or cumin, tahini or tamarind then we’re not interested!  What I find most appealing about this style of cuisine is its generous use of spices, fresh herbs, nuts and vegetables and they way in which they marry [...]

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24th October 2013

Carrot Cake

The humble carrot cake has a special place in my heart.  You see not so long ago my boyfriend and a good friend of ours boldly challenged one another to a carrot cake bake-off.  There were no real rules, just criteria against which the cakes were to be judged; taste, texture, appearance and originality.

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