Emma Boyd

Emma is a passionate food writer, cook, photographer and mother of three who cooks nourishing, delicious food that celebrates quality local and home-grown ingredients. Emma has recently taken to obsessive seed-raising and quite possibly has more seedlings than her small Taranaki lifestyle block will support - yet another exciting experience in her food journey from garden to plate.

Food
Jun 28, 2020

Recipe: Pumpkin, silverbeet and barley soup

Soup season is here! This flavoursome spiced pumpkin number is bulked up with the addition of grains and hearty greens.

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Food
Jun 7, 2020

Recipe: Banana, chocolate and star anise muffins

Spice up the classic banana muffin with a subtle touch of star anise.

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Food
May 23, 2020

Recipe: Tahini chocolate chunk biscuits

The Middle Eastern sesame seed paste tahini adds a subtle flavour and lovely fine texture to these classic choc chunk biscuits.

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Food
May 10, 2020

Recipe: Ginger, lime and vanilla-spiked feijoas

Got more feijoas than you know what to do with? Preserve them to enjoy all year round.  

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Food
Apr 22, 2020

Recipe: A simple loaf to begin your bread-making journey

A honey-scented, seed-studded loaf that's super adaptable. And no kneading required!

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Food
Apr 10, 2020

Recipe: Make your own ghee

This versatile ingredient is brilliant for roasting and frying, and it's a great way to extend the shelf life of butter. It's also super easy to whip up at home. 

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Food
Mar 8, 2020

Recipe: Tomato tarte tatin

A tarte tatin is a classic for a reason: simple (you don't have to make the pastry if you don't want to), elegant and delicious to boot. 

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Food
Feb 23, 2020

Recipe: Blackberry and apple pie

If you're not the foraging type, fear not: supermarket berries will work just fine (but imagine how wholesome you'll feel if you pick your own!)

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Food
Feb 8, 2020

Recipe: Smoked paprika zucchini chips

Got a glut of zucchini? Turn 'em into chips and they'll be gone in a flash.

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Food
Jan 26, 2020

Recipe: Best-ever potato salad

Everyone needs a good spud salad recipe in their repertoire, and this herb-packed offering is hard to beat. 

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Food
Jan 4, 2020

Recipe: Savoury scones

What's a lovely summer picnic without a lovely savoury scone?

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Food
Dec 30, 2019

Recipe: Send off 2019 with a fresh peach bellini (or three)

Celebrate stonefruit season – and the end of this crazy old year – with a classy wee cocktail.

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Food
Nov 28, 2019

Recipe: Buckwheat and asparagus salad

Nutty buckwheat pairs beautifully with those delicious green spears for a light lunch or addition to a spring dinner spread. 

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Food
Nov 7, 2019

Recipe: Savoury baked breakfast oats with tomato, feta and kale

This dish strikes the perfect balance between comforting and interesting – perfect for a weekend brunch.

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Food
Oct 13, 2019

Recipe: Spring green fritters

Fritters are a New Zealand tradition, and these ones, packed with fresh spring produce, make a perfect light lunch or dinner.

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Food
Oct 4, 2019

Recipe: Brioche and butter pudding

What's better than bread and butter pudding? BRIOCHE and butter pudding, naturally.

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Food
Oct 3, 2019

Why I love: Oscars Kiwi Kafe in Taranaki – perfect pies and damn good doughnuts

In the little town of Inglewood, you'll find a cosy spot serving up top-notch pies, decadent doughnuts and coffee as good as any you'd get in the big smoke.

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Food
Sep 29, 2019

Recipe: Beetroot and chocolate muffins that aren’t yuck

Get the kids to help you make these during the holidays, then add them to the regular lunchbox rotation come back-to-school time. 

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Food
Sep 22, 2019

Recipe: Vegan strawberry and vanilla ice cream

There's a range of dairy-free ice creams available these days, but it's a fair bet none will be as delicious – or satisfying – as making your own. 

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Food
Sep 8, 2019

Recipe: Preserved lemons

Got a surplus of lemons? Make these and you'll be thanking yourself in those months when they're few and far between. 

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Food
Aug 25, 2019

Recipe: Zingy beetroot and carrot salad

When you crave fresh, bright flavours but summer veges seem far away, throw together this simple salad.

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Food
Aug 18, 2019

Recipe: Seedy crackers

Good on their own, even better with cheese – these crisp, moreish crackers are destined to become your new go-to savoury snack.

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Food
Aug 11, 2019

Recipe: Carrot top pesto

Don't chuck those lovely feathery green carrot tops in the compost bin – make this instead!

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Food
Aug 2, 2019

Recipe: Pumpkin and blue cheese pasta

Pumpkin and blue cheese is one of the most comforting flavour combos of our time, so make a big pot of this and dive in (literally, if you want – we won't judge).  

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Food
Jul 28, 2019

Recipe: This fermented lime pickle is your new secret weapon

A little bit of effort and a few weeks of patience will reward you with a secret weapon that'll jazz up all manner of dishes.  

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Food
Jul 16, 2019

Recipe: Easy breakfast rice pudding

For when toast or cereal just doesn't cut it, but you don't have the time or inclination to do any actual cooking, try this. 

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