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A celebration of life here in New Zealand with great food and ingredients  fresh from the garden and ocean, with enjoyable detours on the way: art and craft, self-build projects, curing bacon, making cheese…

Visit my studio

Here in Coromandel, I’m participating in the Arts Tour 2017 Open Studio event… So for the next two weekends I invite you to visit me at home and have a good look about my studio and see the work I’ve been doing… I’ve been taking photos... read more

Food in the Garden City – Singapore

People say no visit to Singapore is complete without wonderful food experiences and so I was determined that my first time in Singapore was not going to be the exception. Looking for authenticity and local flavour, I headed to a hawkers market in Chinatown one weekday... read more

Wine Tasting at Cooks Beach

It’s not every day you get invited to a vineyard for a wine tasting, so I was delighted to receive the invite from Simon and Veronica at Mercury Bay Estate in Cooks Beach. It’s about an hour’s drive from Coromandel Town, so I decided to take the family, go on a Sunday... read more


The colder weather has been making me think of autumnal dishes to cook for the family, and it reminded me how much I love sausages! This year I got to make my own sausages with my brother-in-law Mark and I have to say it was a lot of fun. The end product tasted... read more

Harissa Paste

I love chillies and one of my favourite things to make with the last of the capsicums and chillies from my garden is harissa paste. Harissa is a usual ingredient in North African and Middle Eastern cookery. It’s often served on the side or added to cooked dishes, and... read more

Coromandel Seafood Festival

Yesterday, the sun shone on my little stall at the Coromandel Seafood Festival and I had an awesome day selling cookbooks and preserves and greeting cards. I was also lucky enough to be chosen to judge the cookery competition between three local chefs from Umu Café,... read more

My little corner of paradise…

I feel very lucky to live on the Coromandel Peninsula, here in New Zealand. Destination Coromandel, our local Regional Tourism Organisation, has produced some amazing short films featuring different parts of the Peninsula.  Here is the one for the Northern Peninsula... read more

Passion fruit sorbet

A carpet of passion fruit under the vine… the high winds and rain this month have given me a glut of passionfruit to use up and this is the perfect solution! It is sweet but deliciously zingy and the flavour of the passion fruit really comes through. I made enough... read more

Pickled Onions

I was sitting outside Umu Café the other night enjoying one of their vegetarian platters, and realising again what a fine thing a pickled onion is… They are crisp, sweet, tangy, subtly-spiced – just delicious. The ones at Umu are pink too, which makes them very... read more

Bliss Balls

This time of year I find half-bags of dried fruit in the kitchen cupboard left over from various Christmas baking projects… and I am also looking forward to school lunches and hoping I can do a better job of putting healthy stuff in the box… bliss balls... read more

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