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Bron Marshall


White Nectarine and Purple Basil Mini Cakes

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000


We grow and encourage many flowers within our vegetable patch to attract the bees and beneficial insects, but there are loads of other benefits too. Some we grow for companion planting, some are grown purely for their flower or scent such as sweet peas and poppies. Others are the vegetables themselves that have run to seed.
It all makes for a very pretty, if rather wild and unkept looking garden. Which we all enjoy walking around, running our hands through and watching the hive of insect activity as the wind jostles them about.
A stark contrast to the acres on acres of scary / boring barley crops next door, that have little to no life in it.
Of course many of our flowers are edible too, so make great additions ...

Smoking Hot Tuna

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000


We regularly visit Shayne and Janine at North Canterbury Seafood Market, they know fish!
Certainly much better than I do and I trust their opinion and advice. Not to mention their fish is always amazingly fresh, so ideal for sashimi, ceviche or other light cures. But more than that, they have a similar ethos regarding where and how the fish they sell are caught and treated. All important things to consider.
Yesterday I dropped in at lunchtime and picked up some lovely Blue Moki and a small piece of Hot Smoked Tuna, that they themselves smoke naturally with Manuka - no funny additives and colours are added to their products.
And this is what became of ...

A Bowl of Sunshine

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

A couple of weeks ago we had a few of centimetres of snow, not much, but it hung around long enough for our wee man to experience making his first snow person, taste and fling a few handfuls towards his sisters.
Of course any play in the snow creates mega appetites so we were all very glad to come back inside for this Bowl of Sunshine.
Click here for Sunshine Rice Bowl Recipe

Pear Shaped

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Yes, I am still alive... although it might seem things are a little pear shaped around here.
I've been keeping myself occupied, at least occasionally with various photography and recipe development assignments, besides running after an (extremely cute, clever and loveable) now 22 month old.
As I continually promise my friend Ilva, (who recently celebrated 10 YEARS! of blogging!)
I'll try to do better here.

Something New To Feast Your Eyes On, Berries and Bunnykins

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000



and Bunnykins

Winners of The Edible Journey and Billington's Giveaway

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Thank you all for your lovely comments and feedback on The Edible Journey and it's photography, I learnt a lot during the process and am looking forward to giving my own book more time next year.
I also really enjoyed hearing about your favourite places, regions and foods from around the country, some fantastic ideas for me to seek out.
Anyway without further ado...
***Congratulations*** to Tonya Drabble, who was chosen at random from the 38 entries.
I will be in touch and post it out to you a.s.a.p!

The winners of the ***Billington's Christmas Prize*** packs ...

Billingtons Light Muscovado Roasted Radish Brochettes - Sweet Giveaway

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000

I am a naughty radish munching bunny!
I promised to do this sweet little giveaway (see below) at the beginning of the month, but I've been distracted, with, admittedly THE CUTEST distraction around. However better late than never, right?!

So speaking of radishes, we've been enjoying an abundant supply of all various shapes, sizes and colours from our local farmers market and now more recently some from our own garden. While my favourite way to eat them is thinly sliced on a toasted piece of rye sourdough (also from the farmers market) smeared with cream cheese and sprinkled generously with salt, we have also enjoyed ...

The Edible Journey - A Taste of Banks Peninsula - Giveaway!

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Last week I promised a bit more of a peek inside the book I helped Tai Tapu School's PTA prepare, cook, style and photograph, a significant fundraiser for the school.
Front Cover Photography: Amanda Jenkins
The Edible Journey Cookbook is a collection of 200 recipes in 8 delectable chapters, covering all meals from Breakfast through to Dessert, including a chapter dedicated to encourage Kids into the kitchen.
All the recipes were sourced from within the Banks Peninsula community, with several restaurants and cafes contributing. Oh yes there's a couple of my own recipes in the book too, ...

The Packaging, The Book and The Little Guy.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000

(image) I know it's cliche to say; but it's hard to believe in a short few days it will be December again.
Although in many ways it is believable, as 2013 has, yet again been an eventful year for me… by which I mean event FULL.
So much so, it's difficult to know where to begin, or even what indeed to share with you.
Here are a few of the highlights.
I was fortunate to be enlisted together with Luxon design to create all new packaging images for the Angel Bay line of frozen burger patties and bites as part of my continuing work, recipe development, preparation, food styling and photography for ANZCO ...

My Annual Christmas Contribution

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000

(image) My annual Christmas magazine has just gone live.
A somewhat slimmer volume this year due to my chaotic schedule preventing shooting and if I'm honest re-testing and re-shooting some of my ideas, of which I had many!
This year's edition is all about ice creams and frosty treats. Whether your in the Northern Hemisphere or Down Under like me, I hope you'll find something that suits your tastebuds within in the 8 festive recipes. I've also included additional recipes for cookies, fruit mince, fudge and plain vanilla or milk chocolate ice cream, but if you're short on time many of the recipes can be supplemented with store bought alternatives to ...


Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000


Pimm's Cup No.1 Granita

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000

(image) On a hot Summer's day there's nothing like a refreshing Pimm's Cup, as a simple granita. It's also an ideal palate cleanser between courses on Christmas day whatever the weather.
Click here for Pimm's Cup No.1 Granita Recipe

Christmas Fruit Mince Ice Cream Pies

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000

A different take on the traditional Christmas fruit mince pies, yet just as addictive!
What's your pie count?
Click here for Christmas Fruit Mince Ice Cream Pies Recipe

Apple Cider Sorbet

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000

Served at the beginning, middle or the end of your festive menu, this light Apple Cider Sorbet is a divine addition. Try it with Perry (pear) or Berry cider for a different take.
Click here for Apple Cider Sorbet Recipe