Hello friends of the baking of…  This blog has been idle for some time now and this note is to let you know that I am working on a new food writing project – Kitchen Chapters. It’s a site which takes you inside people’s kitchens to gain a deeper understanding of the role food plays […]


After a month living in an ovenless apartment in Jakarta followed by a week on the road, it’s good to be back in my kitchen! Given the mouthwatering array of cheap food on offer in Indonesia, I didn’t think I’d miss cooking and baking as much as I did. As my previous post attests to […]

Jam biscuits 5

My kitchen shelves have been heaving under the weight of homemade jam ever since the end of summer, and feijoa season is only adding to the strain! After a successful run of jam slices I decided it was time to come up with something new. So here they are – lightly spiced cookies with a […]

Milse 7

To say that Milse has had a busy couple of opening weeks would be a complete understatement.With people queuing for up to two hours to get in (they aren’t taking bookings at the moment), the owners are considering hiring security guards to keep the sugar-craving hordes at bay. “You dessert fiends are crazy!” one of […]

Cheese 3

Recently, a friend of mine founded a ‘cheese society’ – nothing particularly high-brow or culinary, just a fantastic excuse for a group of people to get together on a Sunday afternoon to drink wine and eat cheese. Lots and lots of cheese: The event gave me an excuse to resurrect an old favourite recipe: Mum’s […]

Bagel 11

If the online reaction to Best Ugly’s opening last week was any indication, bagel-loving Aucklanders have apparently been crying out for a place like this for a while. Ever since the short-lived Wolfem Bros on High St closed a few years ago, we have been forced to watch jealously as our Wellington mates post instagrams […]

Jam slice 7

This is the stuff Kiwi afternoon teas are made of! I have long been a fan of jam slices but it’s taken me this long to attempt making my own, even after years of continual disappointment from the cardboard-like ones found in bakeries that require a microscope to find any trace of fruit. I was […]


My discovery of this New Plymouth gem was borne out of my annual trip to the WOMAD festival. We happened to be staying a couple of streets away, and its shabby chic decor and packed tables caught my eye. I didn’t have time to stop in until I was on my way out of town. […]


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