A week of Essential cookbook lunches

The boy found a cookbook at the library that led to a week of fabulous lunches. I love it when you find something that sparks a flurry of creating. It can be a new set of colouring pencils, a cookbook, … Read More

Comfort food – mexican eggs

The youngest of the household is requesting mexican eggs a bunch lately. It’s one of our fast and furiously made comfort foods. Passed onto me by friends who spent years in Mexico, it’s traditionally a way to stretch leftovers and … Read More

Green goddess dressing

Introducing this week’s culinary highlight. I have tried making variations of the Green Goddess dressing many times over the years but none as good as this one. It’s a landmark day folks. Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen’s cookbook, It’s All Good, … Read More

The best baking

Every recipe I try out of Gywneth Paltrow’s It’s all Good cookbook is a winner. The Bummer Bar is no exception. I think it’s a terrible name, but sheesh they taste good and there is so much goodness in them. … Read More

Gluten free chocolate chunk cookies

We had friends due for afternoon tea and my partner had promised some home baking. I had the orange cake in the oven before I remembered one of them is gluten-free. Yikes. I googled Gluten free cookies and there were … Read More

Beetroot hummus and homemade crackers

Those of you who have been around awhile know I like to have a go at making pretty much everything, at least once. Homemade crackers have been on my list for a year. I went to a Raw Foods workshop … Read More

favourite juice – recipe

How about the colour of this juice?! I love it. It’s beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger juice. The perfect mid afternoon pick-me-up. Just what these chilly winter days in New Zealand need.  Cheers! The basic recipe I got from It’s All Good. … Read More

the marinated mushroom

I love mushrooms all sorts of ways, but these marinated mushrooms are a kind of melt-in-the-mouth goodness that is perfect for a savoury treat. They keep beautifully in the fridge and are great at parties, or to zing up a … Read More

The Homemade Pantry

Every now and then I get a book out of the library but then find myself unwilling to part with it. This is one: The Homemade Pantry – 101 Foods you can stop buying and start making. By Alana Chernila. … Read More

birthday popcorn

Popcorn has been a favourite snacky treat around here for awhile.Thing is, I am crap at making it. I can’t tell you the number of burnt pots I have had to scrub out. The queen of multi-tasking gets distracted you … Read More

lemon and blueberry cake

I have a thing about lemon and blueberries together. You might remember the Lemon and Blueberry tart recipe i posted back HERE. That was the favourite dessert back in 2011.  This little beauty is my favourite cake at the moment. Blueberry … Read More

brunch in pyjama’s – mexican eggs

Today was Sunday and i spent all morning in the garden. In pyjama’s. It was the first quiet day in awhile. I had just gotten dressed when there was a teeny knock at the door and dear friends from town ‘dropped in’ … Read More

what a tart

Three days into this ‘seven days of consecutive blogging’…i bring you…THE lemon tart. Actually, i threw blueberries in at the last minute and that was perfect: We were expecting a large family of friends over for dinner. The dinner was … Read More

winter aint bad

Beachside wanders in the winter sun.(A break from all that rain…wahoo!) Winter fruit fresh off the trees. A little rocking out. There’s a bit of that around here. (I just love witnessing that move from making music daily with a … Read More

the new cheese biscuits

I couldn’t find my cheese straws recipe so i invented one on the fly. It turned out delicious and way better than the original. I like it when that happens. I even wrote it down as i went: Cheese biscuits … Read More

healing salve – and how to make one

I love making an annual batch of spring salve. A herbalist trained by old women in Eastern Europe who learnt from their mama’s, who learnt from their mama’s, salvemaking is part of how i celebrate the seasons and the healing … Read More


Some international mama’s have been asking me about playdough lately…you NZ mama’s are likely in the know already.We got into making and shaping bread dough at Steiner playgroup but i wasn’t making bread at home as much as Jed would … Read More

not knitting

I am very fond of vests. For myself, and now, inflicting them on small people. I find they are especially good for small people. Vests keep the chest and back warm and cosy while leaving those active arms uninhibited and … Read More

the last feijoa harvest cake

for those who have yet to discover the joys of feijoa’s – they are the green oval fruits next to the other green oval fruits (grapes) and our organic ricebubble-honey-dried fruit thingies. feijoa cake in the makingi’d post a picture … Read More