Friday, January 16, 2009

Sweet on You

Check out the February edition of NZ House & Garden for my article about cake decorating: Sweet on You.
In perfect time for Valentine, cake expert Jenny Nicholls of
has prepared a beautiful selection of cakes and decorating ideas.

Also visit the NZ House & Garden website, and click here to learn how to create this lovely mini rose cake.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Full Garden

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Basilico Genovese
Sweet corn
Full garden, lower right bed.
Corn, beans and zucchini
Upper bed

Most seeds came from King Seeds.

A special birthday

January 14: Happy Birthday Dan!

And welcome new pizza oven!

Slow Food Waitakere Piha Walk and Picnic

Sunday January 18th 2009


Meet at North Piha carpark by information sign, 10.30 am

Walk up to White's Beach Lookout [ around 30 mins each way ]. Beautiful views up and down coastline.

Optional swim at North Piha patrolled area [there is also a lovely stream which meets the beach].

Picnic in shade North Piha Clearing OR at clearing in Marawhara track.


Anyone who would like to fish for eels here, bring a pole, string and a little bit of meat for bait. Fun just to watch the eels for kids.


Bring summer picnic food to share and plenty of water.


RSVP, or for more information phone Claire 812 8192.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Summer Salad

Photo by Alessandra Zecchini ©
Summer salad from my garden: rocket, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, orange and yellow calendula petals and borage flowers. Dressed with extra virgin olive oil, salt and a drop of Aceto Balsamico di Modena.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Muriwai Beach

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

A seal!
The gannets colony

Friday, January 9, 2009

January, in the garden

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©
All kinds of beans and peas,
the first tomatoes,
zucchini, celery, parlsey and onions,
carrots, leeks and radishes,
All in the pot!

I can't believe it...I am still getting broccoli!

Ah, new potatoes..
...and to end: tomatillo flowers! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Here to stay, Italians in New Zealand

Click here to watch the TVNZ programme
(available to New Zealand viewers only)

La befana vien di notte...

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

...Actually, in Auckland Befana arrived on January 4th, at midday, to deliver presents to the children of the Dante Alighieri Italian Society. And what a beautiful Befana she was! Thank you Befana!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

A trip to Kawau Island on board of Timetama

The Yacht Timetama

Kawau Island is one of the larger islands in the Hauraki Gulf and can be found 8kms off the coast about 45 km north of Auckland, New Zealand. The island covers an area of approximately 5000 acres and the climate is sub-tropical. Access to the island is by boat and ferry and water taxis travel daily from Sandspit, near Warkworth, about one and a half hour’s drive from Auckland.

Ladies' Bay

Mansion House in Mansion House Bay.

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


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