Stirring the pot – sticking my neck out to say something important.
Category: Julie’s Blog
Bubbles! A bottle of bubbly needs friends, unless it is Covid Lockdown. In that case, either buy a Champagne stopper, or drink the lot!
September chit-chat, recipes and pics.
Best-ever Christmas Cake – with a lovely family ritual.
Oh-oh. Cute as, but bad-ass.
Lockdown affects everyone, just in different ways. I don’t mind being alone, and like many writers, prefer it most of the time. Not having so many emails to deal with is a bonus. But I truly am desperate to garden. My little Podular housette is delayed, of course – the site is all ticked off and ready […]
I’ve got a friend. He’s a bit spiky and he’s very shy. Still, it’s nice to have someone pop by. I also have pheasants – they’re very noisy – rosellas (they’re squawky but colourful), ducks (extremely noisy but quite magnificent), dozens of rabbits (that’s probably a bad thing but their little ears poking up out […]
9th August It’s all about site preparation. Last week a big drill thingy arrived so I knew holes were on the agenda, and sure enough the digger turned up again and did one of the other jobs it does well, dig holes. Who knew? I thought they just scooped up stuff. A sleeve is wrapped […]
Yep, it’s been busy around here with trucks and diggers beeping and buzzing and men in hi-vis and hats. The progress with the ground work for my PODULAR housette has been hampered by rain, but finally this week the digger arrived and work commenced. You can see more in the pic and link below. Meanwhile, the oven has […]
Saving the nikau – it’s going to be the centrepiece of the deck!
Rest In Peace or Rip It Out …Moving a vegetable and herb garden is not easy!
Enjoy the classics … a little bit of pastry, a little bit of goat’s cheese. Mmm mmm.
Gather the clan for a feast to celebrate Matariki.
Use porcini mushrooms at their best.
Thank you Julie and Ilaria Your cookbook has been safely received. I have already included several of your recipes in our weekly meal plan. They all look so delicious and I love that the recipes are generally ‘no fuss’ – that’s my sort of cooking too! I really enjoy your newsletters as well. Jenny Hello […]
We’ve had a book baby! Read all about it. Buy online in our new shop!
Are all measuring spoons created equal? Does it matter?
Dear Julie I love the way your inspiring newsletter pops into my inbox just when I’m needing inspirational. The simple recipes with seasonal produce and gorgeous pictures never fail to put me back in the kitchen. Mary Oh that put a smile on my face!! Love it – I so look forward to receiving you […]
The Italians say it needs to be as salty as the Mediterranean. How do you know how salty that is if you’ve never swum in it?
Things usually turn out alright.
Well, you can only do what the government advises … and add your own twist to alleviate boredom.
Misty mornings. Mushroom hunting. Bellowing cows.
Tacos, tortillas and a can of beans. Get inventive and feed the troops something tasty over the next few days.With your pantry sorted you only need to shop for fresh items. Mask on, take your own shopping bags into the supermarket (don’t use a trolley; carrying the shopping around the aisles counts as exercise!).In and […]
25th March 2020 Hi everyone, You will notice a difference to the Shared Kitchen newsletter layout this week. As we all prepare to go into lockdown this evening in New Zealand I am not wasting your time or mine with frippery: it’s straight to the heart, an idea to feed your family with side ideas […]
Heart in hand, the caterpillar missed this one!
My brother Pat and I ventured out to the supermarket yesterday. I’m down in the Wairarapa staying with him and partner Lynne for a few weeks. Although they have impressive vegetable gardens and orchards, we needed a few extra things. Like milk. And flour. And bread. Masterton supermarket had promised ‘wipes’ for the trolley handles […]