Lime Salted Kale & Parsley Chips – Chasing Crusoe.


Juice of 1/2 a small lime

A handful of kale (any variety)

A handful of parsley

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or alternative good quality oil of your choice)

Salt (I use Mrs Roger’s Fine Sea Salt, but any alternative of your choice is fine)

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Avocado – Chasing Crusoe.

A guide to the ripening process & getting the most out of your avocado+ some faq’s…


Avocados are classed as a super food – packed with over 20 vitamin and mineral nutrients, it’s easy to understand why.

They are full of monounsaturated fatty acids (the healthy type of fat) as well as being high in fibre.

Avocados are delicious, filling and enjoyed au naturale through to in en trend recipes such as avocado cheesecake and avocado mousse.

But avocados also have a reputation for being hard to manage…thankfully it really isn’t that complicated with a little background knowledge…here I address some faq’s… Continue reading “Getting The Most Out Of Your Avocado – Chasing Crusoe.”

Parsley & Spinach Aioli – Chasing Crusoe.

Parsley and spinach are garden staples. They are versatile as they can be used raw in salads as well as in many different dishes.

They are also low maintenance & easy to grow – pop them in a garden or pot and get ready for harvesting – it’s that simple! Winter is a great time of year to pop both of these in the garden.

Parsley and spinach make great additions to delicious homemade aioli… Continue reading “Parsley & Spinach Aioli – Chasing Crusoe.”

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Soup – Chasing Crusoe.


20190617_102815.jpgWinter is upon us and there’s nothing quite like a warming soup, enjoyed with fresh homemade bread.

I have tried lots of variations to perfect pumpkin soup, but this combination of honey, garlic, herbs & kumara is divine and roasting the pumpkin first, makes the soup all the more full of of flavour.

This soup freezes well…perfect to heat up for ravenous family members who you want to ensure are getting healthy nutritional goodness.

It is perfect for an entree, lunch or light meal. And I hope that you love this recipe as much as my family does! Continue reading “Honey Roasted Pumpkin Soup – Chasing Crusoe.”

Stalks, Stems & Skins – Chasing Crusoe.

Stalks, stems and skins – embracing fruit and vegetables in their entirety in an attempt to help reduce the global food waste epidemic.

Food waste is a colossal worldwide problem. Globally, millions of tonnes of food waste enters landfills every year, resulting in detrimental effects to our environment. According to data from Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand, New Zealanders alone contribute 150,000 tonnes annually to this growing worldwide problem.

It appears that the problems we are facing globally, are overwhelming and that perhaps, our own personal every day decisions could not even come close to having a positive effect or even making a slight difference.

But one simple way in which we could make a start is in our homes…to utilise the parts of vegetables and fruits that we tend to discard. Even if you couldn’t manage to achieve all of this, try beginning with one or two changes and it may not be merely bearable, but also surprisingly pleasant!

Oftentimes, a lot of the taste, texture and nutrients are higher in the parts of vegetables and fruits that we have become accustomed to discarding… Continue reading “Stalks, Stems & Skins – Chasing Crusoe.”

Kiwiana Fried Green Tomatoes – Chasing Crusoe.

No doubt the heartwarming 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes springs to mind when you hear ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’. If you haven’t watched it, it’s definitely a goodie.💛

Fried Green Tomatoes are an iconic food commonly enjoyed in Southern states of America. They are enjoyed as a side dish or a main meal.

I have lots and lots of green tomatoes still in the garden. I have resigned myself to the fact that they will not further ripen. Instead, I decided to try something new, add a Kiwiana touch and cook some Fried Green Tomatoes. Wow, to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised! These are actually delicious…! Continue reading “Kiwiana Fried Green Tomatoes – Chasing Crusoe.”