I’ve recorded a podcast about moving to New Zealand

With 2018 looming on the horizon, I decided it was time to start writing down my adventures in my new home country: Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud. A year and a half ago I made a leap in the dark; I left my steady job and gave up my apartment in Melbourne, to reinvent my life in New Zealand. It’s a move I have never regretted, although there have been times when starting over felt like the hardest climb I’ve ever done. Earthquakes, job changes, snow, rain, tears, panic attacks, boils (ick)…the universe has thrown a few challenges my way. But there’s also been so much wonder and discovery also, and I feel humbled and blessed to call Christchurch my home (for better and for worse). So here is my podcast – called ‘Firmly on Shaky Ground’ – and I’d be honoured if you had a listen to my first episode.



Bashing squid, simmering tomatoes and a chowing down on carbonara

In honour of Mother’s Day, a review of Only in Naples: Katherine Wilson’s guide to finding a happy life, Neapolitan-style

Katherine Wilson is an insecure ‘good girl’ from a wealthy American family when she first lands in Naples. Her college internship with the US Consulate quickly turns into a love affair with Italy and with the Avallones, a Neapolitan family who welcome her with open arms. Years later, she marries Salvatore Avallone, son of the formidable Raffaella. Raffaella is the true heroine of Wilson’s travel/foodie memoir and the one to impart the secrets to happiness, Neapolitan-style. Inevitably, these involve gargantuan amounts of béchamel. Continue reading