This is not an intentional cooking blog, no matter what the title may suggest. However, food is definitely a big part of my life anywhere, so I will not be able to resist. Not just cooking though, it will be cooking with wonderful NZ local ingredients, based on cooking skills picked up over the years all over the world. Of course the biggest influence will be from the Netherlands, and that doesn’t mean its Dutch. The Dutch food culture has long been a melting pot inspired by its colonial and trading history, and added to by the large groups of migrants from Turkey, Morocco and East Africa. The main focus will be on my passion for NZ local produce, for sustainability in food production, for using all that is easily available in the season. And yes, my orange tinted glasses will shine through. From being green to being efficient to cooking for less money. A little taster of my local food passion can be found here http://100daysproject.co.nz/project/2013/255, which is the result of 100 days of local foodnotes as part of the 100days project in NZ.
I love New Zealand. It’s a beautiful, friendly, well balanced country that I’m lucky enough to live in.
Much to the shock of many kiwi’s I also still love Australia, where I spent 6 great years. The brashness, happy go lucky attitude and amazing wildlife will always attract me. And I definitely still have a soft spot for the land I grew up in, its love for the bright orange colour, individualism and open-mindedness. Some tell me I have to choose, I have to change my allegiance fully to my new home country and everything in it. Why would I do that? Why wouldn’t I and everybody else bring the best of all worlds you have lived in to your current day-to-day life wherever that may be? I agree it should be in a positive manner, not the moaning way that you often hear as well. No, I’m in a very privileged position, I can use the best bits from all my homes and bring them all together. We’re all global citizens these days, lets enjoy the choices that offers!