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

Play with Food


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

Feeding Healthy Teens


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

Cooking Together – Easy


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

Together with Food


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

Amore – the Italian way


Today was awesome. For me there is something so emotionally heartwarming when an Italian thinks that I am also Italian. I have felt like this since I was a Uni student and worked in Sassi’s Italian bistro in Carlton, Melbourne. It possibly at that time had more to do with his swarthy son who I … Continue reading Amore – the Italian way

Getting the family cooking pizza


Everyone knows when it’s pizza night in our house that they will be expected to get involved. This is a family occasion – the chance to have lots of little Chef like bowls lined up with all the favourite toppings prepped and ready for sprinkling. Everyone has a chance to make a pizza – you … Continue reading Getting the family cooking pizza

You have to be kidding………..I don’t do sick


There’s no time to be sick. Since I’ve been a Mum, I have realised that there is no point to sick days. You simply can’t have a day off, because the state of your world when you face it, is worse than you can imagine. I hate the feeling that everything will just pile up … Continue reading You have to be kidding………..I don’t do sick

Take a little of my crazy and make it yours!


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!

Sharing a little in the magic of pasta


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