Bento Du Jour

My toddler has started attending crèche one day per week. One of the (many) unexpected highlights of this new phase is lunchbox preparation – although I must confess that if I had more than one child attending school five days a week this activity would quickly become tedious. If you’re in that boat and need…

Happy Noodles

Food you think you’ll eat while at home with a young baby: Risottos, homemade pasta, gyoza, cassoulet, smoked garlic soup, cauliflower pizza, raw cakes … Basically anything that takes longer than 10 minutes or is a pleasure to cook. Food you actually eat while at home with a young baby: Noodle Soup. Or Toast. enter:…

Fun with Fake Meats

A while ago I bought some vegan abalone from Chch’s Vegetarian World. It has since taken up a permanent position in my freezer, creeping me out. Honestly I had no idea what to do with it so eventually I delegated the task of preparing it to the Frenchman. I’m still not sold on vegetarian seafood in…

Food That Tastes Like Hugs

Reasons pregnancy is like one long regression into baby/toddlerhood: You become increasingly clumsy and off-balance You discover the amazing comfort of floating/balancing belly-down in the bath You want your Mum Cuddles, stretching, massage all feel 60% better than usual During the 1st trimester you can’t stand the idea of vegetables and have to sneak them into…

Cauliflower and Black Truffle Soup

Last night’s Canterbury Truffle Festival event La Truffe Finale at Town Tonic was lovely. Chef Ryan Henley whipped up some amazing canapes, including truffle and chocolate aquafaba macarons(!!) while I hid my wee puku hapu behind my guitar and sang my songs and a couple of hesitant French tunes. Of course the best thing is that we…

Ful Medames and the Endless Hummus Cravings.

My love of Ful Medames is an extension of my never-ending urge to eat hummus for dinner. Although this is traditionally a breakfast food, I’ll happily eat it any time of the day and justify it by adding a vegetable. Although now that I’m pregnant, the only justification I need for anything is, “I feel like it.” Usually…

Cabbage and The Pumpkin Soup Months

Here are a few words and a recipe I wrote back in 2008 – my last real southern winter until 2015… If only I was five. Someone would clean up after me, I wouldn’t have to pay for a thing, I could be demanding and sulky without people cutting me out of their address books,…

Vegan Pulled ‘Pork’

Pulled pork is so damn trendy. So trendy I didn’t want to make it. The fruit-as-meat trend on the other hand, is exactly the kind of kitchen geekery I will happily lose days to. Plus jackfruit is the craziest, most amazing thing. As I’ve never really been into American food, I’m yet to master my…