Food Family & Friends PodcastA Podcast Hosted by Vanessa Baxter
Cast Iron Cookie is a dairy-free, delicious food blog based in Auckland, NZ. Alan and Vicky create easy to follow recipes that are packed with flavour. Here they share the story of how Vicky, who after struggling with her weight, finally lost 35Kg. She was determined to get fit and healthy and decided to try to also beat her hay fever and acne by forgoing dairy (her favourite food).
Having walked in your shoes they aware that having a dairy intolerance or allergy can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to mean you need to miss out on Custard Tarts. Or Tikka Masala. Or Eggs Benedict!
They are a tight team, where Vicky does the photography and Alan spends hours playing with food to create the recipes.
If you ever search for a recipe on the web and wonder how it got there and the behind the scenes requirements for actually getting your blog out to the world – then listen in here for some eye opening tips from these bloggers who are determined to one day be able to give up the 9-5!
Special thanks to Alan and Vicky Kernohan for being on the podcast.
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Eddie Paje started cooking in his family’s commercial kitchen at 14 years old and quickly realised he wanted to be a Chef. His mother, a Chef for 27 years, imparted her wisdom on technique and traditional cooking – and his belief still lies in that all cooking stems from tradition.
Eddie loves natural flavours, combining of spices and playing with traditional food to bring it to the contemporary table.
Cooking for Eddie is so much more than just the food. It is about an expression of culture, a presentation of a story on a plate. He is passionate and creative He loves his food and his family and his customers play a firm pivotal role in his life too.
Eddie is lively and engaging and travels to learn about new flavours and techniques whenever he can take a break from running his restaurant, Neptune, at the Viaduct in the heart of Auckland.
I loved chatting with Eddie – and we wholly agree on the essential element of teaching our kids to cook.
He says for him as a chef, food is life. ‘When you eat really good food it makes your soul happy and it brings everyone together……That’s why it’s important for children to learn how to cook when they’re young.’
Special thanks to Eddie for being on the podcast.
How does one even begin to describe Ray? A self taught Chef, a passionate life-long learner, a food obsessed writer, a MasterChef Judge, a Senior Lecturer in Gastronomy, he cuts quite the figure. He is well known from his National TV appearances in NZ and can be thought to be quite scary. Funny, though, off screen he is a genuine guy, who takes the time for a chat – but will let you know exactly how things sit! And I love that!
Here, we laugh about bad cooking, about the fools (me) who go on MasterChef (LOL) and the flip side of being a judge.
We hear how food has changed through time, the joys of food and family, the blessing other cultures bring to our table and how Ray believes that a healthy obsession with eating delicious home cooked food is a brilliant way to live life.
Ray shares his favourite foodie spots in New Zealand, his favourite way to while away a Sunday with friends (around the table of course) and his views on fads and diets. I totally forgot to ask him the list of either/or questions at the end of the episode – I think I was still so overwhelmed at even being in his house!
This is a podcast episode I am still blown away to have had the pleasure to have created. I know it is one you listeners will adore too.
You can find Ray McVinnie on Twitter.
He is the consulting Food Editor at Bite Mag.
He is hosting a gastronomy tour to Europe next year – for details you can email him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to Ray for being on the podcast.
RebelFood started off as a small idea by Joe and his fiancée Leoni. Having always been determined to own his own restaurant by the age of 30 and upon discovering there was a chance to use a small, local kitchen as a base for production, Joe decided that the time to move away from an idea of a restaurant and take on a different challenge had arisen.
So they decided to create something that would give New Zealanders the nutrients they need, without adding anything to harm what’s natural and without taking anything away from it. They wanted to make it convenient, nostalgic and also help people understand what food really is. They want to empower each individual person to be able to say no to consuming over-priced disease in a can, and charge them as little as they can, allowing them enough money to form communities and help schools and youth, and put trust back into the food chain.
This is the premise that has formed RebelFood and their buzzing little kitchen in Queenstown.
Their ambitions are big…
- Provide NZ with great tasting, nutritious snacks, made with a purpose.
- Form a community.
- Empower a nation by providing education
- Help schools earn extra income whilst teaching kids about food health
- Give active people the key nutrients they need to perform
- Be amazing!
Their blogs will tell you all you need to know about their snack boxes, and their NutriBombs.
Listen to our chat and then…. ‘Join The Uprising’ – An explosion of raw nutrition. Made by humans for humanity.
Food, Family & Friends Podcast 20: Professor of Public Health Grant Schofield & Dietitian Caryn Zinn
Grant is leading the wave of change in how we think about our health, including how we exercise, how we sleep, how we (and our kids) play, and how we connect. The central place real food plays in our health and wellbeing, and a desire to help people “be the best they can be”, drives his research and practice.
Dubbed “The Fat Professor”, he is at the forefront of challenging the widespread fat phobia that has pushed us to eat a diet full of processed, carb-laden food. “It’s time to help the world change,” he says. Prof Grant is a respected PhD public health academic of 20 years with all the boxes ticked in a high-achieving career.
Caryn is a Registered Dietitian and sports nutritionist. Her master’s degree was in the area of sports nutrition and her
She believes this mix of academia and practice keeps her real and on the cutting edge of knowledge (and busy).
Special thanks to Grant and Caryn for being on the podcast.
Jono Beattie is an example of a young man blessed with an innate natural skill in creating plates of delicious food which appear as works of art. His passion for flavour and his love of nature translate to meals which seem too pretty to touch.
Jono’s aspiration to be a top Chef has seen him seek inspiration and education from around the world, where he moved from place to place to gain a breadth of experience before setting out to create his own unique dining offering.
He is now the whisper around town as guests privileged to have had his bespoke, private dining experience are entranced by the degustation in-home restaurant he is able to create.
Jono is generous and giving. He cooks for charities and guides others in realising their own talents. His quiet humility is what is most endearing – along with his truly amazing ability with food.
This has led to others within the industry taking note also and since this podcast was recorded Jono has cooked along side Chef’s Blakeman, Southon and Bosley and will be a Celebrity Chef for an upcoming Ora King Slamon 2016 Collaboration dinner series alongside David Schofiled and Makoto Tokuyama.
I am privileged to have met Jono through our mutual association with Ronald McDonald House Charity, and am excited to watch his achievements and proud to call him a friend.
Jono’s Private Dining Experience is known as TEXTURE.
Lalele is the brainchild of Nathan and Mulan who set about coming up with a healthy delicious treat for their own children – and then sharing it with the world. This is true small batch locally made, organic gelato.
Mulan a Chinese immigrant who worked 7 days a week in her parents Fruit and Veg shop was wooed by her customer Nathan who romantically (or strategically) encouraged her to join him for dinner and then romanced her until she became his wife. They now have 4 children and a rather time hungry Food Truck, where they have combined their passion and experience into a business that has truly become their life.
From building their own production kitchen, to working as a family at all the Street Food venues they can find – this is a story of starting from scratch – of grit and determination. It is a moving tale of long nights followed by exhausting days.
Why do they do it? Because they are passionate about bringing their healthy options to the community. They are uplifted by their customer feedback and the continued positive vibe they get when out in their truck. They love the community of other vendors, who are building their own community together.
This is not an episode to highlight the romance of the Food Industry, nor is it an effort to put you off. More it is the story of a journey of one couple who have been compelled by their own passion for natural flavours and the dream to one day own a property where they can grow their produce and continue to produce an organic and vegan gelato range.
See Lalele Organic Facebook page for posts, photos, reviews and upcoming events they will be serving their Gourmet Vegan Popolato – Pops.
If you are a foodie in New Zealand then you know of Ginny Grant. Her name is synonymous with well written recipes, up to date foodie news and she is often found at the yummiest of food events.
It took a lot of courage to eventually say hi to Ginny, I had revered her for years. As the Senior Food Writer for NZ’s famous Cuisine magazine I felt that she was unapproachable. How wrong I have been. Ginny is without doubt a lover of food and is also well educated and trained in her passion for cooking and writing – yet she is a warm and engaging woman who was more than happy to find time in her crazy schedule for a chat.
I feel hugely privileged to have had this opportunity and am so excited to share this episode with you. Ginny shares her journey as a young Chef and foodie in London where she simply rocked up to The River Cafe and asked Rose Gray for a job. Her determination and ‘get-it-done’ attitude are obvious and her love of food and family are paramount. Ginny shares so much of herself and her philosophy around food and the journey it has woven around her own life, in this chat.
Settle in for a wonderful escapade into the real Ginny Grant – a self proclaimed over-lover of lemons, cumin, parsley and gin.
Note: for overseas listeners – try to get your hands on a copy of the NZ CUISINE Magazine – it is divine!
Special thanks to Ginny for coming on the podcast.
Stacey Morrison is a well known voice as she is the host of The Hits Drive Time each weekday afternoon with Flynny. We met on the set of Whānau Living where Stacey hosts a gorgeous bilingual home show with an emphasis on tips and techniques for enjoying your home from garden to kitchen and beyond.
I had no idea on first meeting that she was one and the same Stacey that I often listened to in the car whilst waiting to pick up my boys from school. Stacey is busy with TV and Radio and writing for magazines and hosting events. Yet, her priority is in raising her three lovely children with her husband, Scotty, who is also in media as a broadcaster and author.
View Vanessa and Stacey cooking together on Whānau Living tv – moreish and approachable recipes such as ‘Cheese and Bacon Spinach Pie’, and ‘Mango Pudding with Coconut, Pineapple and Tapioca’.
Tony Murrell is a household name in NZ as the host of The Home and Garden Show on Radio Live and one of the hosts of the TV ONE show Kiwi Living. He has the loveliest radio voice and you would think he had been in the media for his whole life.
In this interview I discover that Tony studied to be Chef in London – his claim to fame at this point being that he attended the same culinary college as Jamie Oliver (though not at the same time!)
Tony shares his passion for life and his belief that you must live doing what you love. He is enigmatic and engaging and truly appreciates the connections people make through their food and sharing it with others.
He shares his determination to never say NO but to grab opportunities as they are presented and to approach mistakes with the attitude they can be the pathways to success.
Tony’s ‘real business’ is as a Garden Designer
“I’m passionate about gardens and garden design which is why I have been in the horticultural industry for most of my working career, almost 30 years. I throughly enjoy meeting and working with people designing and building beautiful outdoor environments.”
This is an episode full of lively conversation, life-skill suggestions, upping your brave and living your life as an adventure.
I am deeply honoured to bring you this episode with this well known media figure in NZ.
You can tune into Tony’s Home & Garden show (Radio Live) on Saturdays and Sundays from 6-8am. Check out Tony’s book – Garden Designs to Enhance your Life and his website. Also, these Facebook pages for Home and Garden and Kiwi Living.