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Nigella


An unfortunate childhood, just quite simply because it didn’t fit her, lead Nigella to retreat to books.  She didn’t want to run around.  She hated being told what it was she needed to learn.  Instead she curled up quietly and read.  She read the Brontes, but she equally read Enid Blighton.  Why should you be … Continue reading Nigella

Cooking with Plums


  Last week, I had a missed call from a teacher at my sons’ school.  It was just after the New Year break and I was still hanging about on my deck at a Bach in the Coromandel.  I honestly thought, good grief, how could the boys be in trouble already when school is still … Continue reading Cooking with Plums

Beer Braised Brisket


  Print Beer Braised Beef Brisket Ingredients 1 kilos beef brisket 3-4cm pieces 1 tbsp peanut oil 3 small garlic cloves finely chopped 2 cm knob of ginger finely chopped 4 tbsp soy bean sauce 1 tbsp gochujang chilli sauce 2 x 300ml bottles of dark lager 1/2 cup beef stock 1 small cinnamon quill … Continue reading Beer Braised Brisket

Kids need to cook


Yesterday’s article in the Herald by Niki Bezzant was, in writing, what I verbalise and hear constantly as I inspire kids and teens in the kitchen.  My holiday cooking programs are filled consistently with children who simply love to cook and are not being given the chance at school.  Many of those who I cook … Continue reading Kids need to cook

The Fearless Kitchen: Cookbook


The Fearless Kitchen It’s here! My cookbook hits shelves on the 14th August, and I’m so crazy excited to finally be able to share this with you……….. So here’s what’s up! You get: 80 amazingly delicious recipes for that are perfect for cooking up at home when you are feeding your family and friends. Easy family friendly and … Continue reading The Fearless Kitchen: Cookbook

Curried Black Beans


Print Curried Black Beans This is a simple curried version of homemade baked beans!! The boys loved them so much that I thought – maybe someone else’s family will too! Ingredients 200 g Black turtle beans soaked over night and then boiled for 20 minutes 2 Tb olive oil 3 shallots finely diced 1 Tb … Continue reading Curried Black Beans

Chilli Jam


Print Chilli Jam I make chilli jam often. I always make it a little differently than the time before so it is hard to write a ‘true’ recipe. I was initially inspired by Christine Manfield’s recipe which I used to follow to the letter when I would cook up huge batches in Indonesia. My maid … Continue reading Chilli Jam

Life is what you bake it!


I had an enquiry from a lovely listener and follower around baking this week.  Her worry was around the number of recipes she kept hoping to try and the amount of sugar contained in them.  I thought it might be helpful to answer a few of her queries and comments via a blog post. I … Continue reading Life is what you bake it!

Story Telling with Food


I am totally amazed when I meet others who are so like me.  There are of course always differences. Differences in what we have achieved, or how our journey has come about, or where we have taken our passion. Yet, before I started interviewing Foodies for my podcast, I really didn’t imagine that I would … Continue reading Story Telling with Food