Of course Orange

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Ok so i really love orange. Yes i know its stereotypical, but i don’t care. I don’t wear orange to support the Dutch. I like it because orange is a great happy sunny colour, especially in a sea of black. It puts a smile on my face.

NZ is a black wearing country. Obviously there are the All Blacks, the national rugby team and pride of all kiwis. So all supporters gear and everything else that needs some sort of linking to NZ is black. Black is also practical I suppose in a country with such a small market for clothes. Everybody can wear black, for any situation, so it’s a safe bet for a shop to sell black. And I think it might also have something to do with not wanting not stand out from the crowd. The tall poppy syndrome does play its part in NZ culture.

Things are changing though. The influence of many cultures have brought a taste for more colourful gear. There is also easy access to clothes from all over the world through online shopping and there is a great support for some amazing NZ design work.

I was told the other day by somebody that orange is not my colour. They were so wrong! Of course orange is my colour

the only sound is quiet

Access to space is a luxury that is not appreciated by many in NZ that have never lived in a crowded country liked the Netherlands. Space is not scarce here, and if you are willing to be a bit away from the main cities, it is very affordable to own a good amount yourself.
Having grown up in a house that had shared walls with the neighbours (“twee-onder-een-kap”), where we were told not to climb the stairs when they had an open home, it is a dream to own an acre, let alone the 10 we bought a few years back. Its a piece of heaven with lots of native trees and birdlife. We can do with this land what and when we like it. Nobody in our view, just our own trees, stream and some old paddocks. The best thing is the noise… there is none! The quietness here is as good for distressing after a hard working week as a massage or a sauna. It calms you right down. Back in the Netherlands with 17 million people on only roughly 41000 sq km, open space is hard to find and only available to a few. My parents really believe I must have hit the jackpot here in NZ. Well I certainly have by being able to live here!
paparoa morning

another cooking blog?

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.

Getting the best of all worlds. A kiwi mosselpot

Getting the best of all worlds. A kiwi mosselpot