Journal

Coffee With Cook Republic - May 2019
Coffee With Cook Republic - May 2019

For the first time in many months, I was lucky enough to wrap up all my projects at the same time. So with a bit of downtime before the next set of projects began, I showed a little love to the things that get neglected the most when I am working - my home, my garden...

Coffee With Cook Republic - April 2019
Coffee With Cook Republic - April 2019

Autumn is here, although not well and truly. We still have the late summer hot and wet spells every week which has made the lawn go berserk but other than that and a billion cobwebs, our gardens aren't growing anything at the moment. When we went away to India and...

Coffee With Cook Republic
Coffee With Cook Republic

I wish I could invite you all into a great big room with rustic white bricks and big old metal windows that streamed in the sun. I wish I could sit across from you around a great big trestle table on cushion-scattered Bentwood chairs and have a conversation while...

11 Years Of Food Blogging, Losing The Joy Of Food And Reconnecting
11 Years Of Food Blogging, Losing The Joy Of Food And Reconnecting

I have now been blogging for over a decade. My blog just turned 11. It is only a few months younger than my oldest boy who is on the cusp of turning 12 and planning high school next year. When I first started blogging, I had no plan or time frame in mind. I wasn’t...

New Zealand Trip Part II
New Zealand Trip Part II

After the first leg of our New Zealand road trip of North Island earlier this year, we drove to Waitomo and stayed in a charming little country cottage. We had booked ourselves in for the three hour Spellbound cave tours and the adventure we had while caving in the...

New Zealand Trip Part I
New Zealand Trip Part I

We are homebodies. We are not world travelers. We seek adventure close to home. Usually a short drive which isn’t long or windy enough to bring on our motion sickness demons. But once in a while, we all throw caution to the wind and let the liberating emotion of...

She is gone
She is gone

  I have been scared of animals and birds for as long as I can remember. But I gave into that fear when we brought home 4 chickens three years ago. I was terrified of holding them and petting them only under supervision. But I loved them fiercely right from day...

Welcome To Our New Kitchen (Renovation Before And After)
Welcome To Our New Kitchen (Renovation Before And After)

For 8 years, I worked day and night on a single steel bench overflowing with kitchen paraphernalia, food, portable cooktop and very little working space. The barely functioning kitchen housed an old oven, a leaking sink, sunken and peeling countertops and basically...