Originally from the UK, I have lived in Dunedin with my husband and daughter for the last 5 years. I love nothing more than pottering around the farmers market on a Saturday morning, meeting friends for tea and cake, and Sunday baking sessions with my tiny helper. A bit more about me; my favourite food is sashimi tuna, I drink copious amounts of tea, and my favourite tipple is gin and tonic – how terribly British!

19th August 2013

Pumpkin, Kumara and Lime Soup

It has been pointed out to me, in a very light hearted way that my recent recipes have been based around pumpkin. It is true, I am a little bit pumpkin obsessed at the moment. I just can’t seem to walk past the piles of them in the supermarket without one ‘accidentally’ falling into my [...]

18th July 2013

Pumpkin and pinenut cannelloni with blue cheese sauce

I am totally over winter this year. To be honest, it hasn’t even been *that* bad ( pretty sure i just jinxed us all here in Dunedin with that comment), but getting up in the morning, while it is still pitch black just doesn’t have the same appeal.

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12th June 2013

Salted Almond and Orange Blossom Water Meringues

It seems to fitting to pair meringues with almonds and the flavour of orange blossom flowers; they all share the similarities of being pale and delicate. Because of the  nature of the orange blossom, and the belief that they symbolise purity, these tiny flowers are seen as a traditional bridal flower in many countries and therefore, their presence at these auspicious occasions comes [...]

19th May 2013

Sticky ginger cake with lemon frosting

I’m thinking that if there should ever be a campaign for real ginger….then this cake would become iconic.

2nd May 2013

Family Favourites

I had some unexpected time off last week….. The Sunday before last started off as a perfectly normal day. I got up and met a friend at the beach for a dog walk, before returning home around 10am. I came in through the front door (with my friend who had come back for morning tea) and I could [...]

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19th April 2013


Flashback to 20 or so years ago, and most Sundays we would go to my grandpa’s house and have the most legendary roast dinners – roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, the crispiest, yet fluffiest roast potatoes you could imagine – delicious flavoursome vegetables and gravy…. Don’t get me started on how good the gravy was;

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18th March 2013

Campfire potatoes

In more recent times, my husband and I have become campfire experts. Several years ago, prior to marriage and a baby, at the start of our epic journey around the world (which culminated with us living in little old Dunedin) we travelled around Europe and Africa in our campervan for 10 months and for a significant portion of that time, [...]

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19th February 2012

Smoked salmon and orange pate

This is my last post for the time being; I have written it in advance, due to the fact that my maternity leave will have started by the time this recipe goes up.

1st February 2012

High Tea

This month’s theme conjures up memories of delicious sandwiches with their crusts cut off, scones piled high with clotted cream and jam, and tiny morsels of cake; served on delicate, tiered cake stands which stand proudly upon lace covered tables,

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3rd January 2012

Coriander, Lemon, Lime and Honey refresher

Happy New Year! Back in 2007 I was lucky enough to travel through Sri Lanka. I wiled away hours ‘researching’ Ayurvedic treatments and their properties on the human body. Intriguingly, after each treatment was over, the lucky recipient was served something very similar to this drink. 

7th November 2011

Cumin battered blue cod with tomatillo, chilli and lime jam

When the Dunedin contingent from the Our Kitchen team descended on Auckland for Taste of New Zealand last month, we were astounded at the number of recommendations for ‘must try’ restaurants and cafes around the city

8th October 2011

Labne with a black olive tapenade

I must confess that when the black and white theme for this month was decided on, I felt like a bit of a traitor, for I am actually cheering on two teams. Luckily, the second team still fits the theme! For me the black represents the All Blacks (obviously!) and the white – my native [...]

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