asparagus, prawn & zucchini bites with sesame mayo

Wooo – Friday with a long weekend ahead – bring it on! I am quickly finishing this before heading off to yoga (Ohmmmm – did first proper one-arm, no-cheaty side crow recently – yeah baby!) so that you can get the ingredients sorted for this recipe today. Even if the weather doesn’t behave, these nibbles […]

kumara & blue cheese balls with honey toasted walnuts

  Alrighty then – this is not my standard kind of recipe in that it was literally made with left-overs I had in the fridge, and therefore I can’t give you the exact quantity of potatoes and kumaras required to make your mash – but I can give you the precise amount of mash:cheese ratio […]

Chinese New Year pork & cabbage dumplings

Happy Saturday to you – not this time from bed (whaaat?!), but actually from my desk at home! As you willl know if you stop by regularly, Nick and I have just returned from an epic 14 day trip to Shanghai/Berlin/Amsterdam/Berlin/Shanghai and back home to Auckland. Phew! One of the absolute highlights of my stay […]

Japanese curry balls & okonomiyake

Goooood morning, good morning – well for once I am upright sitting at my ‘big’ computer while I write this, having hauled myself out of bed for a wee tiny run on this muggy morning. Crikey what a few days it has been! On Thursday I woke at 4am, got picked up by a cab […]

corn & red pepper cheese stuffed fried rice balls (Mexican-style arancini)

Feeling in a reflective mood this morning – blogging really is a bit of a weird thing – who sits at home in front of a computer sending bits of themselves out into the universe? I originally started From the Kitchen years ago as a way to practice my photography and share some of my […]

heirloom tomatoes with prosciutto, burrata & basil

Remember those amazing heirloom tomatoes from the other day – the ones I couldn’t help but buy and bring home to photograph? Well this is what happened to them…probably not really suitable for New Zealand at the moment (unless you’re eating it in front of a roaring fire) but absolutely perfect for a lazy spring/summer […]

the ultimate hot smoked salmon sandwich with roast garlic aioli

With one ‘almost vegetarian’, one ‘meat and three veg’, one ‘eat anything’ and me (!), there is one food which unites our family (weirdly) – smoked salmon. This is a sandwich with home made roast garlic aioli I wrote and photographed for Fairfax media, happily knowing that it would go down a treat at home […]

Vegetarian Pumpkin Brown Rice Balls with Hummus or Tamari

Isn’t it funny how you end up in the mood for such different foods at different times? If you’ve ever read my profile page you’ll know that I have been advised (probably quite correctly) that I should get an angle for my blog – baking or raw or vegetarian or whole foods or family dinners […]

Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese and Walnut Toasts

 Well I don’t know what the weather is like for you outside your window this morning, but outside mine it is raining, windy, cold and miserable – yay! I love it…it gives me the perfect excuse to make this soup again (featured in a recent issue of Dish magazine) and even though I love the […]

Classic Chicken Liver Pate

OK – I am still waiting for a reply from blogger as to why my photos aren’t uploading properly, but in the meantime, in order to get a post up, am resorting to using screengrabs as these are closer to the photos than the actual photos – arrgghh! Anywaaaay, last weekend we were invited to […]

Te Matuku Bay Oysters with Mignonette Dressing

With a cyclone warning to be heeded we caught the ferry back to the mainland from Waiheke yesterday. It was sad to say goodbye, especially with a blue-sky day thumbing it’s nose at the forecast and the first of the Merlot grapes being picked. However, as the set up is more camping there than anything […]

Fragrant Spiced Indian Vegetable and Lentil Soup

This hearty (yet not heavy) soup has been hanging around in the back of my head for ages now – fragrant with cumin, turmeric, ginger, garam masala and a hint of chilli, it is a fabulously healthy winter treat with a wee bit of naan or roti on the side. The lentils and vegetables pack […]