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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…

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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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Food highlights for 2018

2018 is drawing to a close and I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the food highlights of the year… Summer was all about diving for scallops and fishing (mostly for snapper), camping at the beach and enjoying time with friends. I also...

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Wharf Road café review

What makes a good café? Well… great coffee and delicious food are essential – that’s a no-brainer, but what else? I was thinking about this the other day, when the lyrics to the theme music from the American sitcom Cheers popped into my head....

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