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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…
Making Chicken Stock or Bone Broth

Making Chicken Stock or Bone Broth

I can't get out and about at the moment because of the COVID-19 outbreak - but you can come to my kitchen!  I've been meaning to make some short cooking videos for a while now, and this week has been the perfect opportunity. So here's a video about how to make...

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New Zealand Road Trip

New Zealand Road Trip

All us Kiwis know that we’re lucky to live in such a beautiful country. Those who visit our shores usually head out on the highway and do a road trip. This post is to inspire both international visitors and locals alike with the stunning scenery that could be in...

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Feeling Christmassy yet? Get baking!

Feeling Christmassy yet? Get baking!

If you are anything like me, you’ll be feeling a bit behind with your Christmas preparations… but with food, it is never too late to start cooking and eating!  Wow! What a busy year 2019 has been… But whether you make mince pies on Christmas afternoon and eat...

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Coastal – new book

Coastal – new book

So… I’ve been threatening to write another book for a while now, and I’ve finally finished it (and the printed copies will be in stores around New Zealand by the middle of November!) It’s called Coastal, and it’s really a celebration of the amazing coastal lifestyle...

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How to get rid of guava moth

How to get rid of guava moth

Here are three things that seem to work in reducing guava moth numbers significantly. So if, like me, you have feijoas or peaches or any other fruit tree and you're having a problem with guava moth, try these suggestions. I've spoken to several...

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Secret Paris

Secret Paris

What can Paris offer when you've ticked off the 'usual suspects'? As you may know if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I have recently been on a 3-month trip to Europe. A number of people have been quizzed me about Paris since I got back....

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Peta Mathias cooking class

Peta Mathias cooking class

When I travel I love to have authentic experiences... and a cooking class with Peta Mathias in Uzès in France didn't disappoint... Imagine a hot sunny Wednesday in the height of summer. You arrive in the cool of the morning in the ancient...

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Autumn Fruits (including a feijoa chutney recipe)

Autumn Fruits (including a feijoa chutney recipe)

Welcome to my food community… to those new members from the Coromandel Seafood Festival… and to those who’ve hung in there with me for years – I’m so glad you’re there to give me feedback and encouragement, and allowing me to feel part of something bigger...

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Making my own sausages

Making my own sausages

Ever fancied making your own sausages? It's long been on my 'to do' list... so this month I got to have a go... and it was so much fun! It’s an exciting time for me right now… I’m doing the final testing of recipes and I’m getting my new book...

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New Zealand’s culinary melting pot

New Zealand’s culinary melting pot

This is an image I found online. It is called 'Zoe's flag' from Waimea Intermediate School. New Zealand is a multi-cultural country. The ideas that we have about ourselves have been really tested over the last week as we absorb and try to comprehend the...

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