Exhilaration and Exhaustion – same same but different!


  I am exhausted. There, I said it. I have been running on a fresh air drug of adrenaline it seems. I wondered when I would finally wake up shattered – and today is the day. Yet, I look back on the last week and I wouldn’t have changed it. Not one bit. I have had … Continue reading Exhilaration and Exhaustion – same same but different!

Life and Theft in the burbs


I’m in Wellington for a couple of days. It is a relief to be here without the entourage of a TV crew- the only other time I’ve had the pleasure of a trip to Wellington I was still a MasterChef contestant. We had a few hours here before experiencing the Inter-Island ferry to the Marlborough … Continue reading Life and Theft in the burbs

A heavenly match


It doesn’t matter how many times I conduct a class or a function.  It makes no difference if I’m being paid or donating my time.  The essential factor for me is that people are happy.  That they have walked away feeling they have acquired at least one new piece of information or at least, that … Continue reading A heavenly match

Labour it is – but with so much love…………….


The inspiring author, Regina Brett, once said: If baking is any labor at all, it’s a labor of love,  and no more evident was that, than when I attended Dean Brettschneider‘s baking class at Nosh yesterday.           As already indicated through my blogs and recipes, I tend to use a dough hook for kneading … Continue reading Labour it is – but with so much love…………….

A “fishy” challenge at Ronald McDonald House, Auckland


Life is full of challenges – and through MasterChef NZ I faced many little daily challenges that had to be met – one way or the other.  Last week, I had a momentary regression back to that “foodie” challenge, when faced with the extraordinary donation of 80kg of snapper to Ronald McDonald House in Auckland. … Continue reading A “fishy” challenge at Ronald McDonald House, Auckland

Nourishing the soul


Link to the Front Page Article from: TheWairoaStar001 Dear Ruby, When I met you at Ronald McDonald House, your smile was infectious and your enthusiasm for life was obvious.  You were so strong and brave and faced your operation day with acceptance. I knew immediately that I would make every effort to visit your school and … Continue reading Nourishing the soul

When your heart is truly in it, it shows all over your face!


  Last week I was honoured to host two amazing evenings of cooking.  The clients were engaged and fabulous and I loved every minute of my time with them.  The pictures tell the story, from the demo to the cook-off – and my smile as I laughed along.  We discussed the nitty gritty of MasterChef … Continue reading When your heart is truly in it, it shows all over your face!