Monday, April 25, 2016
The town fire alarm woke me at 2.44am this morning. It wailed for a long time before the first volunteer firemen/women got down town to turn it off. I can only imagine it was a car accident, at that hour of the morning. Living in a small town I dread hearing that alarm. When there's only 3000-odd people living in your town the chances of you knowing those affected increases dramatically. I lay awake with a lump in my throat, struggling to stop my mind from wandering to all the sad possibilities. It may well have been nothing major, I've not yet found out. But at that time of the night/early morning, lets just say it takes a whole lot of strength and mite to get my silly mind from straying to places it shouldn't go. Being Anzac day has also had me in a funny mood today, as I stop to think of how much I miss my grandparents who are no longer here. This is my first year back in Raglan on Anzac day, since they passed. The few years before Grandad passed he was no longer strong enough to walk in the parade, but you could always see him sitting in the front row of seats set out in front of the library, alongside the few remaining old diggers. After he passed nearly four years ago, Nana was the last one standing of that generation in my mums family. But now with her gone too, it all feels a little strange to think of a Anzac Day without them both.
Friday, April 1, 2016
It's so funny when you've been waiting months to finally talk about something this close to your heart. Something that took blood, sweat and tears to create. Today is the day I can finally share more about my new cookbook, which is officially released today!
As you're all probably well aware, I was blown away by the response to my first cookbook My Darling Lemon Thyme and it was super clear very early on that a follow-up book was a must. I actually wanted my first book to be set out in seasons, as this is how I've always cooked, but I didn't want the little things like drinks and breakfasts to slip through the cracks, as they so often do in books of this kind, so instead I settled on presenting my first book by meal times. I'm super proud of what I shared in my first book and it's been amazing to hear back from so many of you who have made an astonishing number of the recipes. You have no idea how much hearing that has meant to me as my main goal when writing the book was to create recipes that are approachable and delicious, recipes you want to actually cook, not just look at.
When the opportunity arose to start working on a second book I knew right away that it would be a seasonal book, offering a little glimpse into my kitchen throughout the year. I've also given loads of tips to keep in mind when dealing with fruit or vegetable gluts (especially common at this time of the year!) and you'll find a bunch of staple 'base' recipes that I use regularly at the back of the book as well.
Right, now that you've watched the book trailer (!) lets get to all the good bits about this new cookbook of mine shall we?...
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
So somehow I've blinked and it's the second day of Autumn? Instead of the slower pace the season usually brings, instead it's feeling kinda like spring to me, in that I've got so many things on the go, lots of new beginnings and exciting things to share. After recovering from a flu that knocked our entire family off their feet this past week, we've finally got our garden bed turned up, feed up and planted with seedlings. I can't tell you how excited I am to have soil to grow in once again. It sure felt good to get my hands dirty and you never know, I might even get the odd gardening post up on here again... after a good few years break!
As I mentioned before, I'm in the midst of organising a bunch of exciting things and while all the details are not yet finalised I thought I'd share some of these with you now, in case some of you like to plan ahead.
Wednesday 6th April: Raglan book launch at the Old School Arts Centre, Stewart St. It will be in the evening around 7pm-ish, but I'll confirm the time once finalised.
Friday 8th-10th April: I'll be cooking at The Food Show in Christchurch. For full details on the two different demos I'll be doing click here. If you'd like to go into the draw to win a double pass to the show, I'm running a giveaway over on my Facebook page. Or simply leave a comment below saying you'd love them.
Friday 20th-22nd May: I'll be cooking at The Food Show in Wellington. Details still to come.
Also, I've just found out that as a result of being named one of the top 30 nominees in Cinnamon Hotels TBC Asia Travel Bloggers awards (in the food blog section), that I'll be travelling to Sri Lanka in June!?! Although I have a feeling I'm going to feel like a fish out of water surrounded by all those serious travel bloggers, I'm beyond excited to visit a country that has long be on my to-travel list and can't wait to eat all of the food!
Lastly, I've set up an online store where you can now pre-order signed copies of my new cookbook! Release date is 1st April, but I should have stock within that last week of March all things going to plan. I can ship worldwide. Thanks so much for your support!
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