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Haute-Savoie Christmas

By On 31 December 2021

[ot sa vwa] There are 3 reasons to head to Haute-Savoie, a department in France with the largest mountain range, known for the many ski resorts. Number 1 – the mountains…the hills are alive.. 2 – the lakes,…

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Lait cru

By On 21 June 2021

Having moved from New Zealand to France, I had to say good bye to some of my favourite foodie things – feijoas, good coffee, [All Press], popped buckwheat cereal [Blue Frog], ‘smoke and fire’ peanut butter [Fix and…

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À la Terrasse

By On 30 May 2021

Paris is now allowing outside dining. Galleries and Museums are also open again. We had some free time before a meeting and wondered around the Gare de Lyon area. This train station is one of Paris [and Europe’s]…

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La Flotte en Ré

By On 19 May 2021

La Flotte or ‘the fleet ‘is one of the oldest villages on Ill de Ré with authentic charm on the Atlantic coast. This idyllic village is classified as ‘Les plus beaux Villages’ – ‘the most beautiful villages’ in…



By On 11 May 2021

Everyone has a bolognaise recipe. Some use pork mince, red wine, white wine, chicken stock, beef stock, sage, nutmeg ….. I’m sharing my bolognaise recipe, which my daughter thinks is one of my best dishes. She also knows…


Vegan days

By On 31 March 2021

Oat milk, miso paste, soya sauce, coconut milk, chickpeas, lentils, olives, aubergines, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, lemons, chilli, olive oil, peanut butter, tahini and maple syrup – My essential vegan shopping list. I’ve been cooking vegan these past…

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macarons et roses

By On 5 February 2021

I bought some roses to welcome our house guest, Willow. [I am creating a blog post about Willow’s vegan diet which had us making some delicious new recipes from Nadia Lim’s Vegful as well as rediscovering Anna Jones…


Kitty’s trifle

By On 23 December 2020

The word trifle derives from the French word ‘trufle’ – which means “something whimsical” or “of little consequence.” Kitty never knew this. But her festive trifle lived up to its origin and then layered on the extra, more…


Christmas panettone

By On 15 December 2020

Panettone is the perfect Christmas gift. I gifted myself two. One panettone, two panettoni. This Italian yeast-leavened sweet bread/cake makes its appearance during the Festive season. Stanislao Porzio, food commentator and panettone expert explains: “Panettone, as we know it…


Umbria al fresco

By On 25 November 2020

Travel assignments are the very best. Travel assignments like going to Italy in the Summer and a dream brief to celebrate the food culture of Umbria with the lovely Nadia Lim is why I love my job. We travelled by…

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Mont d’Or

By On 19 November 2020

A seasonal cheese, only made in Autumn and Winter, thanks to the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, who determines the regulations for making cheese in France. It can only be sold from Sept 10, after it has matured for three…


the KIR

By On 19 September 2020

One of France’s signature drinks, the Kir, an elegant aperitif, has become my favourite wine cocktail. The Kir cocktail is made with one part crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and four/five parts chilled dry white wine. One…

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Cannes Summer

By On 16 September 2020

They say a lot can change in a year, and it has. Two years actually. My last blog post was written in New Zealand and this one is written in France. The whole world has experienced a pandemic…


Olive love

By On 16 March 2019

We love olives, which are technically a fruit. If we had a tree we would preserve our own, as I was taught on a shoot, but for now we will just make this delicious tapenade with ready to…

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Berry Brioche

By On 7 March 2019

  Brioche is my kind of Viennoiserie. “Traditional viennoiserie are made from white wheat flour and use packaged yeast cultures. These active cultures cause the quick rise of the dough, creating the perfect flakiness when it is baked….

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Galette des Rois

By On 6 January 2019

I love cultural food traditions! In France Epiphany [Jan 6th], is celebrated with a delicious frangipane filled puff pastry cake called La Galette des Rois or the Cake of the King, a 700 year old tradition. Boulangeries and…


The last batch

By On 29 December 2018

The last batch of fruit mince pies was baked this morning. This is usually the best batch, with all the careful adjustments of this season’s recipe. This will be the recipe I pass onto my daughter. Dark chocolate,…


Christmas Day Jam

By On 12 December 2018

Christmas day jam makes Christmas extra sweet. This is Jo Wilcox’s Christmas Day Jam and it features in the latest Nadia magazine Dec/Jan 2019. Jam making is actually so simple, I made this batch last week and it…


Cherries and bundts

By On 30 November 2018

It is cherry season in New Zealand, which means Christmas is around the corner. Have you baked your Christmas cake yet? I love a rich fruit cake with marzipan for Christmas. This buttermilk bundt cake recipe is topped…

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Bula Fiji !

By On 8 November 2018

Fiji is a South Pacific gem and the tropical holiday we really needed. We love Auckland, but not so much its Winter. So we hopped on a plane, sun hats in place [yeah we were that family with…

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Sweet Happy Birthday

By On 4 November 2018

Happy Birthday to my sweet little girl. Every year I photograph Nina to create a memory of each new birthday. I loved styling and photographing this year’s sweet theme. I baked and frosted for days, buttercream icing is…


Summer drinks

By On 19 October 2018

It is Friday and undoubtedly Summer today. It’s also a long weekend, so here is my Summer Long Weekend PIMMS cocktail recipe. You can also just get the stylish ready to drink bottles and garnish with fresh cucumber,…

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By On 2 October 2018

Glasshouses are magical places. They create their own climate that can enable certain crops to grow throughout the year. The French called their first glasshouses orangeries, they were used to protect orange trees from freezing. The Victorian era…

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By On 23 September 2018

Mooncakes are stuffed Chinese pastries enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn festival, which falls on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar calendar month. This year it is today – 24 September. The festival celebrates the harvest under a…

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Spring popsicles

By On 2 September 2018

Spring means longer warmer days with open toes, picnics, blossoms and popsicles. Here are my favourite popsicles and recipes, which we made on Spring Day! Happy Spring everyone! 1. Watermelon popsicles with yoghurt You will need: 3 cups…

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By On 27 August 2018

Sunday brunch is incomplete without toast topped with marmalade and cheddar cheese and a strong cup of tea. When we moved to New Zealand I quickly fell in love with the citrus here and Sunday brunch has become…


Auckland – City of Sails

By On 6 August 2018

We loved exploring and photographing Auckland [New Zealand] for Voyeur/Virgin Australia’s in-flight magazine. You can read the article on-line here. We love the fact that Auckland is so accessible, it is big enough to make it feel like…

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By On 11 June 2018

We went for a drive in the countryside on a rainy Winter’s afternoon, but quickly pulled off to the side of the road when I spotted an orchard of amazing glowing orange fruit. We always travel with our…


I’d rather eat Pie

By On 5 June 2018

Pie is my favourite. Chicken leek, braised beef, rhubarb and apple and lemon meringue pie – so I was especially excited to shoot a pie feature for Nadia magazine.[June /July 2018] I do make my own pastry when…



By On 5 May 2018

Chestnut season in New Zealand is March until May. I found these organic Johnny Moo chestnuts at my grocer and decided to roast them and celebrate Autumn. It could not be easier, cut a slit in the shell,…

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Weekend mushrooms

By On 13 April 2018

Weekends are for easy but delicious meals. I photographed this easy recipe for Nadia magazine. Turkish flatbread with mushrooms, mozzarella, chilli, hummus, garlic and red onion, it will only take 30 minutes to make. Simply brush the flatbreads…


Blackboy Peach

By On 11 March 2018

  Blackboy peaches are in season! It is not a hybrid plum-peach, it is an actual peach variety. Their pretty dark velvet skin and fleshy inside make them my favourite peach. Her is an awesome jam recipe which…


Nina’s Valentine’s Cake

By On 13 February 2018

So, Nina has made her first cake! A pink Valentine’s lemon, almond and raspberry cake. It’s an “adapted from an adapted” recipe from The Caker. Adapted because we didn’t have 300g almond meal and we used yoghurt instead…

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Amour en cage

By On 5 February 2018

My granny had a magical plant in her backyard, it had little golden tomato like fruits hidden in fragile little husk houses. The French named the fruit ‘Amour en cage’ – love in a cage. We used to…

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Strawberry Summer

By On 4 January 2018

A highlight of our “stay at home” holiday so far is picking and eating our own strawberries from a nearby strawberry farm. The farm is open to the public after the professional pickers got their share [for export],…


Mahurangi Oysters

By On 8 November 2017

Andrew and Lisa Hay welcomed us on their Shuckle Ferry, where we documented the harvesting of their Pacific oysters in the inter-tidal zones of the Mahurangi River. It was a beautiful sunny day and the low tide allowed…

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Rhododendron / Rose Tree

By On 22 October 2017

These pretty pink clusters of pink greet me whenever Im looking out my kitchen window making a cup of tea. Flemish botanist Charles l’Ecluse discovered them in the 16th century. They are the national flower of Nepal.


Globe Artichokes

By On 10 September 2017

I learned “how to globe artichoke” while shooting an article for the latest TASTE magazine. I was always a little intimidated by this archaic looking thistle. We actually eat the unopened flower bud before it comes into bloom,…


Lemon balm citrus tea

By On 8 August 2017

One of my favourite commissions is called Backyard Abundance for Nadia magazine. Each article features a food and fun craft idea with ‘in season’ produce. We used herbs in our latest article and Tracey experimented with flower, citrus…

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Colourful Stir-fries

By On 26 June 2017

I just loved shooting and styling this stir-fry feature for Nadia magazine June/July 2017. Recipes included Beef and beet stir-fry with greens, Chicken, bacon and brussels sprout stir-fry, Pork and fresh pineapple stir-fry with cashew and coconut dressing,…



By On 24 May 2017

Autumn’s little egg shaped gifts of Feijoa are what I’m eating just about everyday. Originally from South Brazil, this aromatic fruit is available mid March to early June. Im lucky enough to have a tree in my garden…

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Walnut tapenade

By On 3 May 2017

I can eat nuts on and in everything- salads, meat, chocolate, porridge and ice cream! Walnuts and Macadamias are delicious eaten fresh, but this walnut tapenade is so good, I had to share it. Read the whole article…

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Happy Bright Easter

By On 14 April 2017

My daughter Nina made a beautiful bright Easter egg basket at school- I loved the bright colours and our Easter party table reflected her colour craft masterpiece. Chocolate hot cross bun “cake”, loads of chocolate eggs, mini cupcakes…


My favourite Indian dish

By On 22 January 2017

Three words. ALMOND CRUSTED PANEER. I’d choose this dish over chocolate ganache cake any day, and I LOVE cake. My dear friend Yudhika Sujanani [] introduced me to this treasure while I was shooting her book Memoirs –…


Mulled wine

By On 29 December 2016

  Who likes warm wine with spices? I do! It’s so Christmasy and it smells delicious. I was thrilled when I was asked to photograph this spicy mulled wine and Copper Kettle Kumara Crisps – my favourite snack!…


Holiday lunches

By On 16 December 2016

The December holiday is my favourite, I just love Christmas, Summer and the festive food and mood. The last thing I want to do is get stuck in the kitchen making complicated lunches. School day lunches are very…

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Cheese month

By On 2 December 2016

  October is cheese month in New Zealand. We met some amazing buffalo cheese makers on assignment in Whangaripo and they gave us some beautiful cheese! I will post more about their farm, family and cheese soon. I…



By On 25 November 2016

Here are some images from an editorial shoot I did in Kati Kati [New Zealand] at an amazing farm where they grow Tamarillo’s. They are from the same family as the tomato and are also known as the…

Cook Books

Little Tables

By On 20 November 2016

Little Tables is my first cookbook where I am author, photographer and décor stylist, I enjoyed complete freedom to create a beautiful and functional cookbook with a difference. It was inspired by my daughter, Nina, who is featured…