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 was stopped by two gorgeous women this morning as I was walking my dog and they asked the question – here is pretty much what I told them! I truly believe that whatever it takes we should let our children get into the heat of the kitchen. I love to watch them smell, taste, … Continue reading Why do you want to run kid’s classes?
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
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…………….
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
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 to bring a food experience for you … Continue reading Nourishing the soul
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!
Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable. ~ Ina Garten Last night I had the pleasure of cooking with 7 of Auckland’s finest chefs. This in itself was a huge honour, and to again have the privelege of cooking for the families at Ronald McDonald House, Auckland was immensely rewarding. … Continue reading The honour was all mine
There is something about keeping it simple and fun and interactive that is always a winning formula and chocolate certainly doesn’t hurt either!!!!! The Central Leader followed us on our cooking class journey at Ronald McDonald House in Auckland – the photos tell the story.
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