Since starting The Bubbalino Kitchen, I have discovered a whole online world of beautiful people putting together gorgeous, inspiring, entertaining and just plain awesome content. Some of them you may have encountered already, others you may never have heard of. I hope by bringing you this series I’m calling Getting Frank with Foodies, I might introduce you to some pretty wonderful Kiwis both here and abroad. Each Wednesday I will bring you someone I admire and respect and share with you their answers to my five foodie questions. I hope you enjoy.
Like most of my favourite businesses, I found Carew Kitchen on Instagram quite a while back. I get so excited finding beautiful businesses that I then discover are Kiwi accounts. Makes me super proud of the industry that’s growing here. Anyway, a few months back I had a coffee and a tea with my Dad at Odette’s eatery and was super impressed to be served my Storm & India Coconut Chai Tea with a small jug of Carew Kitchen Almond Milk (and coconut sugar no less). I have made my own Almond Milk a couple of times, but it was nowhere near as delicious as Sophies!
I recently asked Sophie my Five Foodie Questions and loved learning more about the journey she’s taken to reach this point. Pour yourself a cuppa and get comfy.
What is your earliest food memory? How has this defined your relationship with/ethos around food?
Food and cooking has been a big part of my life since I can remember. My sisters and I were always concocting recipes in my nanas garden made out of dirt and flowers and then we were lucky enough to get our very own Fisher Price toy kitchen one Christmas. My mum and Grandmothers would prepare amazing spreads for family functions and bake delicious treats for our birthday parties. I have always loved the feeling of baking or cooking something and being able to share it with others. I love how food brings people together. This quote I came across recently sums it up perfectly… “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
Tell me about your proudest food moment.
This would have to be hearing from customers how much they love our products. It’s always such a great feeling when people take the time to let us know. Last week I had a customer call me just to tell me how much he and his son love our almond milk, I was so blown away by his kind words and that he thought to call and tell me. It’s not an easy process making our almond milk by hand, its very labour intensive so when we hear from people that they love what we’re doing it really reinforces us to keep going and it makes it all worth it.
What is your biggest food dream? (What is your loftiest goal? What do you hope to achieve in your food journey?)
I hope to see our almond milk in specialty supermarkets and cafes throughout New Zealand and to offer other healthy gluten and dairy free products as well. Maybe even open our very own health food store/café up here in Matakana one day… that would be amazing. I want to educate people that healthy food can be delicious and that food can be medicine.
Your most favourite ingredient and why?
That’s a very tricky question as there’s so many amazing ingredients I love to use. But right now it would have to be the smoked red onions from a local farmer at The Matakana markets. They transform any meal and I love the smokey flavor, I am a sucker for anything smoked.
If you could create the perfect scene including your dream person, in a dream location indulging in a dream meal – what would that look like? Person, place and meal?
I have a number of places I am dying to visit and explore, besides the scenery and culture of course the cuisine is what draws me there. I would have to say India. I am a quarter Indian; my grandmother is from Northern India. There is an ayurvedic health retreat there I would really love to visit. Doing a yoga class followed by an ayurvedic massage and healthy vegetarian meal sounds like the perfect day to me! I adore mangos and have heard that the mangos in India are insanely good, I would make the trip just to try those too!
Please take a moment to check out Sophie’s website and all her social media channels too!
I hope you’re enjoying this new series as much as I am. I can’t wait to bring you another wonderful foodie next week. If there are any particular Kiwi bloggers or foodies you would like me to ask my five questions of, don’t hesitate to make a suggestion.
Until our next episode of Getting Frank with Foodies…. adios x