Did you say Under-represented Kitchen???

I did indeed!

And I am not kidding!  In earlier posts, I have talked about my ‘kitchen’ in the bachelor/studio that I rent here in VanGroovy (Vancouver) and basically the only thing missing is an stove and oven and a sink in which to wash my dishes. I have to wash them in the bathroom sink which is kinda gross but it is what it is, right?  At least I have one or two things with which to rustle up some tidbits to eat!! And it isn’t really that gross to share the shower with a rogue lettuce leaf!!!

Lately I have been thinking alot about our various eating choices such as paleo, raw, no carb, low carb, low protei, all protein etc, etc. Since being in Vancouver and in my under-represented kitchen I have considered whether I should give some of them a go. Particularly paleo. I think that the paleo way of eating has heaps going for it and people I know who have taken it on board are changed quite drastically. Better moods, weight loss, just general increased sense of well-being!  Fabulous!  I guess what holds me back is the cutting out of all dairy and of course, sugary stuff!  I love cheese, sour cream, milk and Cheerios (although Cheerios are pretty good right out of the box) and of course, ICE CREAM!!!  Can I do it!!!??? Should I give it 30 days?  I think I might!  I think that this way of eating would suit the fact that while I have a fridge, it is a bar fridge with an eensy, weensy freezer that doesn’t really work and is therefore incapable of holding more than a package of frozen dumplings!  When you live on veg and fruit and meat, you can buy all that daily. 

Quitting sugar! Hmmmm, this is a tricky one, right?  I love sweet things but have certainly cut down alot since living here. I don’t eat anywhere near the amount that I used to and I am pretty sure it is making a difference. But it is scary to give it up altogether and I am a wee but hesitant to take that leap!  Have any of you done it?  I would love to hear all about it.

I would also love to hear from people who have gone paleo. Tell me how you feel, what you eat and maybe you can pass on some recipes to me. I would love that.

Watch this space. Give me a week or so and I will let you know whether I took the leap and how it is going.

Lots of Love


Vancouver…..you sexy beast!


Okay, so I made it here. One suitcase. No job. SCARED TO DEATH!!!! Have been here 4 months and by crikey, it has been more up and down than a toilet seat at a mixed party. Crazy hard to get a permanent job and right now it is a matter of getting enough temp work to cover the rent each month.

I have hated on it SO bad at times then I go for a walk and OMG, she sure is a beautiful town. I have cried and screamed and wondered what the f***  I was doing leaving New Zealand, my cats, my friends – in other words, my comfort zone – and trying to be clever and brave and courageous!

Well, guess what!!! I am all those things and about as tenacious as a piece of gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe. I just ain’t givin’ up and the Universe is being a darling and plonking signs up in my face everyday.

This is the best thing I have done for me………watch this space!

Lots of Love

Post 100 and Speedy Mayo♥

OMG! This is Post 100 and I am so excited. I wasn’t sure how far I would go with my blogging but I am just loving it. I started out doing posts that were meant to be funny and some of them were while some were kinda serious. Looking back, I wasn’t being a whole lot of fun really. Since I have been posting about food I have been making more of an impact and I love sharing the stuff I find.

The other day I posted about the speedy mayo and today I wanted to post the actual recipe. Annabel Langbein is a well known Kiwi food writer who does the most amazing quick fixin’s…this my fave and is THE BEST MAYO!


Simple Ingredients.




I love cooking!

Bet that was a surprise, eh? I have been doing a bit of a post bomb today but it was so fun. This blog is not intended to specifically be a food blog and this is because I would get bored keeping to one area. I notice that the blog gets alot more traffic when I post food-related things and that is very cool indeed.

Anyhoo, I adore cooking food,reading about food,writing about it,and sharing it. It is a serious passion for me to the point that I did do some professional training but did not enjoy the professional kitchen at all especially being yelled at…….

For me,cooking for others is simply the most loving thing that I can do. Teaching others about food is awesome as well. New Zealand has taken a long time to adopt overseas food trends and ingredients can be expensive and crazy-hard to find. Thank god for online shopping………I can’t wait to get back to Toronto and to have so many ingredients to cook with.

Cooking food also gives you control over what goes in your mouth but rest assured I am not going to waffle on about ‘healthy eating’. I do watch what I eat but I do not go without a single thing and refuse to quite frankly. Let’s face it, baking is not the same without butter and sugar. My food philosophy is simply to keep your food real and make as much of your own stuff as possible and here is an example:


1 3/4 c oil
2 eggs
1/2 t salt
juice of half a lemon (add more if need be)
1t mustard (I use dijon)

Put all of this into an old jar and whiz with a stick blender. I swear you will have THE BEST MAYO in under 5 minutes.



Love Cinnamon

You Gotta Try This…..Seriously!


Okay, so I haven’t posted many food chats on here recently but just had to share this one. I am a huge foodie and massive fan of Jamie Oliver. I love him!!!!! This dish is beyond fabulous and literally takes 15 minutes to do from start to finish.

GORGEOUS GREEK CHICKEN with Herby Couscous and Tzatziki

Serves 4

For the couscous
1 mug (300g) of couscous
2 mixed-colour peppers
1 fresh red chilli
4 spring onions
½ a bunch of fresh dill
200 g podded raw or frozen peas
1 small handful of black olives (stone in)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
40 g feta cheese
For the chicken
2 x 200 g skinless higher-welfare chicken breasts
1 heaped teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 lemon
olive oil
For the tzatziki
½ a cucumber
250 g fat-free natural yoghurt
½ a lemon
½ a bunch of fresh mint

Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Large frying pan, medium-high heat • Food processor (bowl blade)

Put 1 mug of couscous and 2 mugs of boiling water into a bowl with a pinch of salt and cover • On a large sheet of greaseproof paper, toss the chicken with salt, pepper, the oregano, allspice and finely grated lemon zest • Fold over the paper, then bash and flatten the chicken to 1.5cm thick with a rolling pin • Put into the frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, turning after 3 or 4 minutes, until golden and cooked through

Using a box grater, coarsely grate the cucumber • Sprinkle it with a good pinch of salt, then squeeze and scrunch with clean hands to get rid of the excess salty water • Pop in a bowl with the yoghurt, juice of ½ a lemon and a pinch of pepper, finely chop and add the top leafy half of the mint, then mix together • Remove the stalk and seeds from the peppers and chilli, then pulse in the processor with the trimmed spring onions and the dill until finely chopped • Scatter over a large tray or platter

Add the peas to the veg (if using frozen peas, blanch them in boiling water for a couple of minutes first), destone and tear over the olives, then squeeze over the juice of the zested lemon and add the extra virgin olive oil • Fluff up and scatter over the couscous, toss well and season to taste • Move the cooked chicken to a board, slice it up, then lay it around the couscous • Crumble over the feta and serve with the tzatziki.


You are so welcome!

Love Cinnamon

Marriage Equality in New Zealand…YEE HAH

I am a very proud Kiwi today. Last night the government voted to make same sex marriage legal. This makes me very proud and so happy for couples I know who can now marry should they so choose. Of course, there are the haters who say the strangest things about it but they are entitled to be tools if they choose. Free world, eh.

It annoys me thst the haters bring it down to the sexual act – good lord, is that how we are all defined? It so isn’t.

Would love to hear your thoughts on all of this.

Love Cinnamon



I am way jealous of those people who have a strong, loyal and loving family. Mine isn’t like that towards me and it has taken me years of counselling to look at it from the point of view that the issues they have with me are indeed their issues and not mine.

My last post talks a bit about my father not wanting me to come back to NZ for his funeral. What he means is that I should not feel obliged to do it. What I need to hear as his daughter is that he would like me to be there. It reflects who he is as he could never tell me that. Makes me feel sad but also free. He has said stuff to me over the years that made me wish things that were’nt at all loving.

My family is me and the teenager. It will always be me and her because we do demonstrate loyalty, trust, respect, support and most important, unconditional love. Till she came into my life, I could only imagine what those things meant in a family.

Love Cinnamon