The Recollection Diaries: Belgium

As we left Amsterdam on a bus bound for Belgium, the reality that was going to be our next few months started to set in. Travelling for months on end sure sounds like a holiday, but it actually still involves quite a lot of work!  As the ‘organised one’ I was constantly researching each of…

The Recollection Diaries: Amsterdam

Our first stop in Europe was Amsterdam. Our flight had felt long, it had been long! Our layover was in a Chinese airport with literally nothing open.  Despite only being in transit we were still required to line up and give fingerprints – honestly the last thing I felt like. It was such a relief…

The Recollection Diaries 2019

Rapidly approaching is the anniversary of when I left New Zealand. My last day of work was May 3, now over a year ago. I then spent a bit of time in Hawkes Bay and Mount Maunganui respectively with my family before flying out of Auckland. It was pretty surreal packing, difficult too: European summer…

Eating my way around Italy

Pizza, pasta and gelato all jump to mind when I think of my favourite Italian food memories. Understandably. But Italy is so much more than that. Situated on the Mediteranan coast, Italy’s sunshine and warm climate brings with it mouth-watering olives, focaccia and cured meats. The coffee culture is unlike any other and of course,…

A guide to Turkish food

I definitely view Turkish food as something to get excited about. Countries that specialise in markets tend to have yummy fruits, nuts, sweets and other snacks which makes me one super happy human. Food in Turkey was generally cheap, always filling and it often fit into the category of comfort food. After our two weeks…

Recipe: Chickpea and Peanut Soup

Peanut soup? I know what you’re thinking. But think about it, everyone loves satay and why shouldn’t it be in soup form? Also, West African people actually use peanuts/peanut butter to help thicken up their soup, so I promise it is a legitimate concept. Using peanut butter is a great alternative to using cream and…

Covid19 and the little things

Less than a year ago I was sitting at my desk in Wellington, eating yet another homemade lunch as I pocketed every last penny for my adventure to come. Since then I’ve visited 24 different countries, creating many memories I will treasure forever. Some of those memories are less than savoury: including encountering serious political…

Stanley Park, a poem

Five minutes walk from home; over 1000 acres of green space. Our backyard, basically. The Lost Lagoon, a nature lover’s paradise. Lonely herons wading in the shallows or standing camouflaged amongst the reeds. Canadian Geese, commanding ownership of the pathways, strategically positioned to protect their young. Ducks lurk in masses, congregating near the shore. I…

Recipe: Nuts and seeds crackers

My favourite thing about making crackers is that I know every ingredient that has gone in to making them. I love hummus (see my previous post!) and pestos and other various dips, so naturally I need a good cracker to enjoy them with. Far too frequently though, when I’m checking out the ingredient list on…

Recipe: Hummus

Hummus is way more versatile than it gets credit for. Not only does it make the most epic dip for carrots or crackers, it also serves as a good spread in burgers, sandwiches and wraps. I love having it alongside guacamole when I make nachos and also whenever we have pitas. Hummus creates the foundations…