a few of my favourite things {may 2012}


I've never thought of myself as a politically minded person. All that talk just sounded like blah, blah, blah to me. It got put in the 'too-hard-basket' all too quickly. Surely I don't need to get involved when others can do that? I don't know if it was becoming a mother that made me suddenly feel like I need to stand up for what I believe in, or the fact that politics in NZ has become so insanely wrong, almost unbelievable and completely surreal over the past few years. This is possibly not what many of you expect to read on my 'food' blog. But quite frankly we don't have time to muck about worrying about what other people think any more. Please watch this short film created by KASM (Kiwi's Against Seabed Mining) and shot in my hometown of Raglan, New Zealand. Share to as many people as you know, then start writing those letters people. I reckon it's the least we can all do.

A few more of my favourite finds this past month...

* this is just amazing‘Maybe we all need to learn to take care of ourselves.’
nice song
FANTASTIC post. Must read for all NZ'ers. Use Mel's letter as a template for your own and get writing now people!
* win Trash Footwear (aka my brother Bens handmade shoes)
* another great song by Julia Stone.
* great post about the worlds diminishing fish stocks
* one of my all-time favourite songs. From way back before he was famous.
* would love to eat here
* everything you ever wanted to know about sugar
* great post on growing veges in low light (via The Garden Pantry)
* home made pandan extract. Must try!
* this photo
* 80 healthy recipe substitutions
* 10 tips for companion planting
* how to store produce without plastic
* winning gluten-free bread recipes
* shoppers guide to foods you should be buying organic and those conventionally grown ones that are okay. 

Lastly, on a much more positive note... I am honoured and somewhat gob-smacked to have one of my recipes featured on Oprah.com today. In an article titled Gluten-free Summer Recipes and sitting alongside 7 of my favourite gluten-free bloggers. Beyond awesome.

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    The InTolerant Chef
    May 31, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Lovely links, and Oprah!! Wow, you are in the big leagues now aren't you! Did they ask first, or how did you find out?

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      May 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Yep they asked me about a month or so ago. They chose the dish but thankfully let me re-shot it for the feature as it was from one of my first ever posts and the original photos were crap as. Pretty exciting eh!

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    June 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Congrats!!!i think i would have dropped to the floor with that call!!!And ,yes i think you better shake the shit out of some politicians when you get back on nz ground!!What the hell, has everyone lost they"re bloody minds.Great links, always learn something new here.

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      June 2, 2012 at 3:04 am

      Thanks Jacquie xx

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    Domestic Executive
    June 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for these – great reading. Congratulations on the Oprah gig. Heading for the big league lady :o)

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      June 2, 2012 at 3:05 am

      Haha, thanks xx

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    June 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Emma, I don't blame you for feeling political. NZ is such a stunning natural gem. And I have to tell you that it seemed so different now than when we first visited in 1999. I worry that Kiwis are making so many of the tragically bad decision that we Americans have.

    PS Congrats on Oprah!

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      June 5, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Thanks Erin! And yes NZ does seem to be going down the same path as America on so many different levels. It breaks my heart.

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    June 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Now that you are a Mum you are probably happy that your kids will go to school in Australia, seeing the last plans the government has for our schools here…

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      June 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Oh no I haven't even heard the latest on that one Alessandra! It just keeps getting worse and worse. We had planned to move back to NZ in about 3-4 years time. But it's going to be harder and harder to make the move I think…

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