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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 will…


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 of…

photo essay

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 carefully…

photo essay

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…

photo essay

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…

Editorial / photo essay

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…

photo essay / recipe

25 Winter Soups

By On 12 May 2017

It’s 14 degrees in Auckland. That means soup time. We love soup, my daughter ends up eating more bread than soup with her dipping-eating the soup, but who can resist a Wild Wheat soup dipped sourdough? Best bread ever….

Editorial / recipe

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…

photo essay

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 – my…


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! The…


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…

photo essay

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 loved their…

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