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A celebration of life here in New Zealand with great food and ingredients  fresh from the garden and ocean, with enjoyable detours on the way: art and craft, self-build projects, curing bacon, making cheese…
Beef brisket

Beef brisket

The new owners of our local butchery are the lovely Matt and Chelsie. Chatting the other day, we agreed it can be tricky to cook a less-familiar cut of meat, so they are providing the meat and I am providing the expertise... starting with beef brisket.It’s a meat...

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Finding time for yourself as a parent

Finding time for yourself as a parent

I've recently got a job writing for Natural Parent Magazine. Thinking back on when my son was a pre-schooler has been great fun (and a bit nostalgic!) Here's the first of the articles I've written, which I hope you enjoy. Having young children is all-consuming… every...

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Visit my art studio (virtually!)

Visit my art studio (virtually!)

Debs looks at a piece of Damar Gum in her art studio Another Arts Tour has just successfully finished in Coromandel.  I had a great tour this year selling paintings, books and cards. For those of you who couldn't visit, I've made a video showing you around - just...

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Coromandel Arts Tour

Coromandel Arts Tour

Te Kouma — recent painting The Arts Tour is coming up again... I've been involved in the Coromandel Arts Tour since 2006. I was part of the group of artists who came together with the vision for an artists' studio tour — this is what I wrote at the time — "If you’ve...

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Make your own shoe deodoriser

Make your own shoe deodoriser

Give those trainers a refresh... by making your own shoe deodoriser!Use baking soda to take away the smell; cornstarch to take away extra moisture and add a few drops of essential oil to add a nice smell.Ingredients1⁄2 cup baking soda 1⁄2 cup cornflour few drops of...

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Read my new book online

Read my new book online

One of the things that I've been doing in lockdown is converting my new book, Coastal, into an e-book.   Whereas for printing every image needs to be as large as possible, for an e-book every image needs to be as small as possible. I didn't want to lose the feel...

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Coming out of my bubble

Coming out of my bubble

As New Zealand thankfully comes out of lockdown, I’m reflecting back on my COVID-19 experience so far.  For me, Level 4 was a badly-needed moment of pause. Whilst the real threat of disease still seemed far off (in fact my little town has never had any cases), we...

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New Zealand ANZAC Biscuits

New Zealand ANZAC Biscuits

On this ANZAC weekend, I'm making ANZAC biscuits and thinking about all those whose lives were so affected by WW1.  I've made a video of how to make the biscuits - just click on the link below. Whether the biscuits were made as fundraisers by those back home or...

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Parsnip and Apple Soup

Parsnip and Apple Soup

Autumn's here and this is a lovely easy seasonal recipe - it's one of my favourite soups and I hope it will soon become one of yours too.  I've made a video of how to make the soup - it's super easy and tastes really good, so do give it a go. This is another...

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Home-made Snapper Fishcakes

Home-made Snapper Fishcakes

An easy recipe to cook at home, using delicious fresh fish from the Hauraki Gulf (sadly we can't catch it ourselves at the moment due to the COVID-19 virus lockdown), but you may have some in the freezer, or be able to buy some from a supermarket or fish shop....

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