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Category Archives: food
The internet age has allowed an amazing freedom for the self starting creative and entrepreneurial types among us. It has offered not only a place to collate and be inspired but mainly to share and form a community of like minded people. In fact, I could go on about this amazing and awesome techno phenomenon for AGES!!!
This is how Unna Burch first came to my attention. The Forest Cantina was Unna’s internet HQ where she gardened, cooked and styled up a storm in her Wellington home. Sharing her own experimentation around the delight she took from growing and then preparing her own food for her family. This, combined with her gorgeous aesthetic, deservedly led to a book deal and many of us have already enjoyed leafing through the pages of that first volume.
But now, along with her photographic partner in crime; Bonny Stewart – MacDonald, she is preparing to do another, this time choosing the self publishing road to enable her FULL and unbridled creative control. I realllllly admire this and can see that it is born out of the freedom she is already so used to with her blog and the internet. Why stop there?!
So, with just a couple of days left I would encourage all of you to click through here to learn more about Unna’s project AND the wonderful rewards on offer if you throw your support behind her. I have and think its important to see these personal projects thrive!
Enjoy the peep behind the scenes below of Unna styling and then creating a flatlay before she transforms it into a delish wood smoked salmon salad with green apple and seeds with a preserved lemon dressing. MMMMmmmmm!!
Exclusive imagery supplied by The Forest Cantina for Studio Home
Photography by Bonny Stewart MacDonald.
Snack food is generally far from serious – in fact it generally gets a seriously hard time!
Enter Roger Holmes.
The co founder of Stolen Rum and son of generations of corn farmers and you have the recipe for something a bit special. Well certainly special enough for me to want to share considering I am usually deeply allergic to posting on anything food related here!
Last year Roger launched Serious Popcorn – debuting two flavours brewed (brewed?) with corn sourced directly from a straight talking organic farmer from the Hawkes Bay.
The result is snack food with zero baddies. Eg. No artificial fertlizers, no pesticides, no GMO, no dairy, no gluten….
As Roger puts it; welcome to “contemporary corn”.
I’ve been a fan for a while and am very happy to introduce you guys more directly to what is going on here. They’re led by a Serious Bear, they’ve got serious stockists AND can sell direct to you online and I would suggest there is some serious new flavours on the horizon.
All imagery supplied by and used with permission of Serious Popcorn
Our friends down at Hawkes Bay based online store; MEKKA have been up to some work. Not only adding to their highly curated collection of handmade goods for the foodies out there BUT also getting busy in their own workshop developing an in house collection.
Cue wooden spoons, rolling pins, chopping/serving boards and I have no doubt, many more!
Its pleasure to browse and the high level of craftsmanship involved in every single product simply can’t be missed.
Shop local x
All imagery supplied and used with permission of MEKKA
WHAT: beeeeautiful handblown stout and IPA glasses by Monmouth Glass Studio
WHERE: online at MEKKA!
WHO FOR: those that are committed to walking to work, rain hail or shine OR perhaps are often submitted to being sideline sports cheerleaders
WHAT: the perfect spectrum of styles and colours in tableware by Auckland based Rachel Carley.
WHERE: online at Rachel Carley Ceramics!
WHO FOR: those people in your life who take great pride and pleasure in creating gorgeous dining experiences!
I know I know…its a rare day that you see food based posts here! Most definitely not my specialty but I really thought that this brand and product might be of interest to you guys.
Bonnie Goods is a small artisan bakery powered by a young husband and wife team. From their Auckland base they produce their debut product – totally delicious oatcakes (and I am speaking from experience when I claim that!)
The oatcakes are seriously substantial and are wheat and dairy free, containing no added sugar. Not because the team are trying to be outrageously healthy – this is simply how the Scots have been making them since time began. Why mess with something that works so well?!
Now stocked in 60 stores throughout NZ as well as available direct online, you all have the chance to experience a quality homegrown product that for once is edible! I really to mean homegrown with the oats sourced from Otago and Southland, organic Marlborough sea salt and the linseed straight from the family farm in South Canterbury!