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Best Foods, Nadia and Taste!


Hi everyone, Sorry I dropped off the radar for a little bit, but that’s not to say my foodie world has been any less busy! I had a fantastic time on the Best Foods road trip! We travelled around the North Island giving away super yummy little sliders featuring recipes I created for the Best […]

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Variety – the spice of life

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Hi Everyone – yes, I know – long-time no action! … Well maybe not a blog but lots of cooking and styling action. The last half of this year has been a whirl wind with some lovely and exciting projects, I am so delighted to be working on Nadia Magazine, its beautiful, inspiring and has […]

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Autumn Update


WOW time sure does fly when you’re having fun! Here’s what I have been up to ….   The beginning of the year started fast and furious and it hasn’t stopped… I was lucky enough to be involved in the revamp of the classic New Zealand icon the Edmonds cookbook. It was a privilege to […]

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Bits and bobs


Sorry it’s been a while! Life just got rather busy between jobs and building. Luck has been on my side and I must be doing something right as the work keeps coming which is always a bonus when you’re self-employed! These last few months I have been working with my regulars Wild Bean Café, Wendy’s […]

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Would you like fries with that??

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Fries and burgers seem to be the order of day (or shoot) the last few weeks for me … first a mammoth burger shoot for Burger Wisconsin. I had forgotten how generously stacked these burgers are, and what a pleasure it was to present real life looking burgers – and of course they were shot […]

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So much happening!

Hi All, So much has been happening in the last month, and I am very grateful to say the jobs are coming in thick and fast! Here’s what I have been up to in the last wee while. Keep an eye out on the telly for the super funny MAGGI ad with Jackie Brown and […]

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Happy June!


Happy June! – Can’t believe we are heading for mid-year already!! …I can feel a mid-winter Christmas dinner coming on – spiced mulled wine, duck liver pate with warm brioche,  whiskey and marmalade glazed ham and rosemary & garlic winter roasties …now what for dessert ? We have had lots happening …styling many gorgeous chicken […]

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A wee update


Hello! Very sorry it’s been long time no talk – things have been rather topsy turvy in my world … You will have read recently that after 50 amazing years they are now closing the test kitchen at NZWW. Unfortunately for me this means I will no longer be working as the Food Editor and […]

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Flame Tree Shoot

Flame tree shoot

I’m not sure where February went – but I do love the slightly cooler nights and that little gold hue starting to dapple the trees… I’ve just posted a couple of lovely pics from my recent New Zealand Woman’s Weekly shoot days. Have a look at my NZWW section to check them out. I recently […]

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A Flying Start to the New Year

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Hi All. Wow January just whipped by and although I did enjoy some fabulous breaks with family and friends I did do some work too! I hope you all got to enjoy the long summery days too! New Zealand Woman’s Weekly was busy with glorious summer stone fruit recipes, a fun and kitch feature on […]

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Christmas Ornament

This year we are having Christmas on the road, as we wait for the arrival of a new baby, a first for my sister and her husband in Hamilton due right on Christmas. So it’s off to Hamilton for a pizza party at special friends on Christmas eve then coffee /bubbles in the morning at […]

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Large Gatherings Menu & Recipes for Christmas Day

Christmas Feed a Crowd

The silly season is well and truly upon us. In case you missed the recipes in the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly I thought I’d share my ‘feed a crowd’ recipes for you here. The rest of the photos are over in my portfolio! Happy cooking! x Jo Large gatherings and big celebrations create a lot […]

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Easy Weeknight Dinner | One of our Family Favourites

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I don’t know about you guys but week nights can be busy in our household, and never more so than as the silly season gets underway. Sometimes you need a quick, nourishing meal with whatever you have in the pantry. This recipe is one of my family’s favourites: Pasta Tin of Tomatoes Capers Baby spinach […]

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Vege forum

What a great day I had last week with a bus load of foodies as we traveled around Pukekohe visiting growers and packers of supermarket and food service veges. organised a great day for nationwide chefs / food writers/ uni and technical institutes and the Woman’s Weekly Food Editor! First stop was Status near […]

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One Fish, Two Fish….

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It’s so amazingly good for you.  We should all try for one fish dinner a week. Summer is coming, and it might be time to find that hand line and have a little fishing fun with the kids this weekend!  We were lucky enough to live near the sea when we were growing up and […]

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Fiji – a foodie paradise?

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There are lots of things people think about Fiji for… the beaches, the snorkelling… the food? That was what my trip was for – to check it out. I have been to Fiji before but had really only stayed in Denarau  close to the airport and so really had only seen the ‘tourist’ side of […]

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Halloween… with a sophisticated twist.

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Happy Halloween! Halloween is often treated as a fun kid’s event: A time for them to get to dressed up for and have party’s. In fact last night was my daughters’ school Halloween event which I spent busy cooking up hot dogs and sausages for the kids. I’ve posted a couple photos on Instagram ( […]

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A new week begins

Perfect Pasta

This past weekend was the Agricultural day for my daughters’ little rural school. That’s meant the last couple months have been busy for my eldest caring for and training her duck for her time in the ring on Ag day. My youngest decided to do a project, which meant shredded newspaper, glue, paint and feathers […]

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