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

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