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.
Nicola’s website is inspirational. Her food philosophy is too. I’m not quite there yet in terms of abandoning my refined sugars and good old white flour, but I like to think I’m making my way there slowly.
On Saturday just gone I attended her Natural Fermentation Workshop in Auckland and left inspired and excited about trying my hand at some fermented foods and the changes I may see by introducing them to my family diet. Nicola mentioned that in the whole of Winter her two children ages 5 and 3 have not experienced runny noses or a single cough and have not had one day off school or Kindergarten. That, my friends, is enough to get me on board. We all know what kind of a Winter I’ve had! She is a Chef by trade, turned wholefood creator and is the author of one of New Zealand’s most requested recipe books for babies – Feeding Little Tummies, which to the dismay of many new parents, is unfortunately now out of print. She lives in Nelson and spends her time making and feeding her family wholesome, delicious, nutritious food. I want to visit her kitchen and just sit there for a while watching her at work. Truly magical.
Get cozy and read on. I promise you too will leave inspired.
What is your earliest food memory? How has this defined your relationship with/ethos around food?
Some of my earliest food memories are cooking with my Nana. I haven’t got one in particular but when I think of food when I was young, my Nana always comes to mind. She would cook a 3 course meal everyday and always have cookie tins full of biscuits and slices. Nana and Poppa had a big garden so there was always lots of fresh produce. And she was adventurous in the kitchen too, making things like cucumber soup and guacamole when meat and three veg was the norm. This has defined my love of homemade food, trying new things and eating from the garden.
Tell me about your proudest food moment.
It would have to be when my book Feeding Little Tummies was released. It was a very busy time as I had a 19 month old daughter and was 6 months pregnant with my son at the time. I remember flying over to Wellington to go on the Good Morning Show, the longest time I had been away from my daughter since she was born, and how excited she was to see me on the ‘TV’.
What is your biggest food dream? (What is your loftiest goal? What do you hope to achieve in your food journey?)
To write a cookbook that is referred too time and time again, that has a permanent place in peoples kitchens, has food splattered all over it, is dog-eared with bookmarked pages throughout. A cookbook to truly use and love and nourish.
Your most favourite ingredient and why?
Lemons, hands-down. We have two lemon trees and still never enough lemons. I start everyday with a warm lemon drink and squeeze lemon juice over everything. They also make the best sweet treats. They are so versatile, how can you not love lemons!
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?
It would have to be with my husband on a Greek Island eating a large Greek salad, with slow-cooked lamb and white bean puree, drizzling house-pressed olive oil over everything and a carafe of house-brewed red wine. I enjoyed a meal like this about 6 years ago while visiting my Mum in Paros, and my husband and I have talked about going back together one day. The simplest and best food I have ever eaten.
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I hope you’re enjoying this 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