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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…
Koftas

Koftas

Koftas are meatballs, made with onion and the fragrant spices of the Middle East and one of the wide range of foods from that part of the world that have now become more common in our diets - think pita bread, hummus, olives, dates, sumac, mint and yoghurt.So, all of...

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Chipotle Ribs with Roast Corn

Chipotle Ribs with Roast Corn

Got some friends or whanau coming over this summer? Why not make pork ribs?Think about that tender meat falling off the bone, crunchy bits from the grill or barbie, tangy and sticky with sauce? There’s not much to do to make this tasty meal – in fact you could cook...

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Anyone for a Gin?

Anyone for a Gin?

  Do you know we have our very own gin distillery here on the Coromandel Peninsula?As the days get longer and warmer, I do enjoy a gin and tonic on the deck… there is something about a long gin that is very thirst quenching on a humid day, isn’t there? It’s the...

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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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