My passion for cooking has really grown out of my love of eating – and boy do I love to eat! Food to me is pleasure; if it were just fuel we wouldn’t have taste buds. I am possibly the world’s messiest cook, but the results are (almost) always delicious, and I find it so enjoyable I can’t imagine a life without cooking.

Working at Fisher & Paykel as an industrial designer, I love gaining a deeper understanding for the science behind cooking. I am getting exposed to some incredibly talented people who share my passion for great food.

5th April 2016

Grilled green salsa and tortillas

For this post, Jess and I teamed up to create some Mexi inspired treats from the grill.  We both share a love of Mexican food – all those fresh and lively flavours, the colour and vibrancy of the ingredients – a trip to Mexico is definitely on both of our bucket lists!

2nd January 2016

Ricotta filled, orange scented doughnuts

Almost two years ago now, while travelling around southern Italy for a few weeks, we happened upon a small café in the town square of Catania, Sicily, with a counter stacked high with sweet treats. Choosing to forgo the famous cannoli, I bought the biggest doughnut I could find

2nd December 2015

Breakfast Pizza #2

I just got back from 3 weeks working out of our Italian office, tucked away among the medieval towns in Italy’s northeast, just over an hour inland from Venice. (Sometimes life is hard, ya know?)

16th July 2015

Grilled nectarine and rosemary frangipane tart

I first made this recipe in late summer, as part of an experiment using indirect cooking on the grill (BBQ).  I used a terracotta saucer as a pie dish which really worked a treat, crisping up the pastry perfectly.  Searing the nectarines caramelises them slightly, bringing out their natural sweetness.

12th January 2015

Courgette, ricotta and nutmeg pizza

A light, summery pizza, perfect fresh from the oven or off the grill. Use this dough recipe for the ultimate pizza crust. Definitely worth the effort of making your own! Shave ribbons of courgette, toss with olive oil and pile high for maximum deliciousness.

7th January 2015

Grilled berry galette

By using indirect cooking, it is possible to make all kinds of treats on the grill. Recipes that are not too fussy about exact times and temperatures (I am yet to attempt a soufflé on the grill…) are perfect, so if you lift the hood a few times to check on progress, or get distracted [...]

4th November 2014

Pizza dough

I don’t want to say we planned our accommodation in Rome earlier this year around Gabriele Bonci’s Pizzarium, but I will say that his tiny hole-in-the-wall pizzeria was directly opposite our metro stop and only two blocks from the apartment we rented for five days. After watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover where [...]

3rd September 2014

Many seed crackers

I stumbled upon this recipe on My New Roots, for those of you who don’t follow Sarah Britton’s health inspired blog, it’s full of delicious recipes that are as good for you as they taste. With a title like ‘Life Changing Crackers’, needless to say my interest was piqued. Aside from gathering all the ingredients, [...]

6th August 2014

Honey and thyme panna cotta with poached apricots

I’m a panna cotta girl, I often find crème brulee a little rich, and while I am always happy with a bowl of ice-cream to finish a meal, sometimes an occasion calls for something a little more sophisticated. A couple of months back, we had most of our board of directors, along with some of [...]

25th July 2014

Walnut and Mint Linguine

While travelling around Southern Italy earlier this year, I reconnected with many things – the sun (we had a particularly average summer in Dunedin this year), reading books (made from paper! With wine in one hand, feet up – time to relax!), incredible architecture and design, and….pasta!

4th April 2014

Olive oil and honey cake

It would seem there are two camps when it comes to olive oil cakes.  Those who prefer to use a mild flavoured oil and let it lend the cake a beautiful moist texture without a strong flavour, and those who prefer to use a good extra virgin olive oil to lend the cake a distinct [...]

14th March 2014

Walnut Drink

In January I made my second trip up to Qingdao in China’s Shandong province. It was a short trip but we packed in plenty of good food!  Over the course of the week, our gracious hosts took us to a variety of restaurants around the city, ordering up plate upon plate of local dishes.  I [...]

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