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
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!
In the NZ Herald on the weekend there was an article based on research from the UK. Without a doubt, as I read the report, I realised the study had had a rather small group of pre-schoolers to analyse – however, the premise that allowing kids to play with their food can result in them eating more … Continue reading Play with Food
Here in NZ it is that time following a long holiday where kids are back to school again. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and the kids are into a later school term then you can still read on because even with Christmas I would imagine that routlines have been pretty relaxed for a few … Continue reading Feeding Healthy Teens
The idea of a whole family being in the kitchen laughing and smiling and collaboratively sharing the cooking process is potentially a wistful dream for most. With the crazy pressures of our contemporary society where parents are workers, housekeepers and taxi drivers, where longer school hours are punctuated with late nights of homework and sport … Continue reading Cooking Together – Easy
Easter at Waiheke Island in New Zealand is always special. For starters there is the annual Jazz Festival that kicks off on Good Friday at the Rangihoa Olive Oil Estate. This year 1000 people thronged onto the lawns, relaxed, indulged in great food truck fare, tastings of cold pressed oils and sipped on wine. There … Continue reading Together with Food
When the mother of a soon to be 13 year old boy asked me to provide a pasta lesson for her son as his birthday present, I was a little concerned he may not have been as excited as I was!! I love imparting the tips and tricks I have had the pleasure of learning … Continue reading Sharing a little in the magic of pasta
There are times I still need to pinch myself. I know it’s a cliche and a rather tired one but it really does happen. Daily I wake up in darkness and call repeatedly for the troops to stir ; remind them they need clothes on for school; and bags full of belongings; a lunch box … Continue reading I may have to pinch myself
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?
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…………….