Raw Halloumi thoughts


As I was finishing of my very first homemade halloumi made from local Kaipara raw milk today two thoughts came to me:

1)  I’m a foodie, no two ways about it. I love everything about it: Growing my own, finding great local produce, experimenting with cooking, hearing or reading about it and of course eating and drinking all these fantastic culinary feasts, either home cooked or in a restaurant.   One day I’ll do something more with it. For now its fun, relaxation, happy non-working time.

2) The raw milk was so incredibly good, that an Instagram picture of my halloumi just doesn’t do it justice. I should tell the world about this amazing local food find and what great things you can make with it!

Within a few minutes my name was on the list for the A2Z blogging challenge. Of course! A whole month to blog about my amazing food adventures. What a great idea! And it gives me a great excuse to retry the raw milk halloumi on day “R” or “H” or maybe both. Are you as excited as I am?

Note: the #AtoZChallenge runs in April. More in for here:http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2015.html

Dreams of Dog’s tails

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When Bruno is happy you know it!


Having moved to this side of the world, I have often been told to embrace the grey, to be less direct and just wait a bit longer. Which is OK. It is part of moving cultures, becoming more globalised and it’s not a bad thing to be able to slowdown.. sometimes. And I have to a certain degree.

But why say yes if you actually mean no. Why not say it’s a 10 out of 10 if you are really happy, instead of hiding your opinion because…well because of what I am actually not too sure. It seems a certain concern of not wanting to stand out, of rather blending in into average opinions then showing your own.

Wouldn’t it be great if all humans had a dog’s tail that shows what one really means? It would cut so much confusion, so many wasted meeting hours, and add so much joy to the world. I love the food, yay wag that tail! I am content and comfortable, just keep the tail half-mast.

Dogs could be Dutch. There is really no mistaking when dogs are happy or sad. The tail tells it all! Its wagging like mad or it hides between its legs. A dog cannot say ‘sure it’s fine’ and mean ‘I hate it’. And they’re so practical. When it’s a hot summers day they will lay down in the shade and save their energy, when it’s dark they sleep, when there’s food, they eat. Very black and white, very direct and very practical. Maybe that’s why I love dogs so much.