I love mince pies. They totally reminded me of my Mum’s house at Christmas time. She wouldn’t dream of buying them and makes her own gorgeous crumbly short crust pastry. They may not look perfect, and I am glad about that – because they look homemade and sure taste better for it. What I hate … Continue reading sweet, crumbly, mince pies
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 … Continue reading Exhilaration and Exhaustion – same same but different!
I love avocados. I remember when I first read that they were actually good for you and you could get away with eating one a day. I was SO excited. I use them instead of butter in a sandwich; mash them on toast with a little lemon and garlic ; and use them as accompaniments … Continue reading Its the good fat, avocado!
My last couple of weeks have been like an embracing of how I have often lived my life and how I love to live it. The diversity of my activities highlights my penchant for the unique. I thrive on the challenge of offering others a different take on a situation, I am passionate about making … Continue reading It’s Ok to NOT fit in
It is has been an extraordinary month for me, culminating in being a guest Chef at the Kenwood Stand at the Auckland Food Show and meeting non other than Annabelle White, author of 11 cookbooks, former food editor of two NZ magazines and a lover of good honest food. To go from watching Annabelle in … Continue reading Take a little of my crazy and make it yours!
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
I am really not sure which is more difficult – knowing how to start writing a blog – and to find people who may wish to read it….or to decide one week that it would be cool to open a ‘pop-up’ cafe and on the advice of a friend, who says – ‘just do it’ … Continue reading Just start!!
Today I was proud to be invited to conduct a Jewish cooking class with my friend and colleague, Saatchi, at Nosh Food Market, in Auckland. Under the lights and cameras of a TV3 production team, and as a part of a journey into understanding minorities within our country, Saatchi and I took our audience on … Continue reading Worlds blend as we bake together
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, … Continue reading A heavenly match
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!