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

Cocktail and Canape matching – a perfect combo


A cocktail and canape matching night can only go wrong if you decide to let it go wrong.  Match your cocktails and canapes, flavour to flavour and region to region and find yourself on a path to success. Recently we served a Peach Bellini – straight off the sidewalk of Venice and matched it with … Continue reading Cocktail and Canape matching – a perfect combo

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 my bread.  Inherently, in … 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

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!

Ronald Mc Donald House Family Dinner


Last night, Serena and Susanne, my two wonderful friends from Masterchef, and Karen, Trish and Nicola – my three wonderful friends from my real life, went and cooked for the fabulous families who are currently staying at Ronald McDonald House in Auckland.   We had the most amazing welcome committee on arrival with many children … Continue reading Ronald Mc Donald House Family Dinner