Month: April 2015

Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake!

After several days on the road scouting for a film location, Shannon sends me a text “shall I make us some dairy-free cheesecake?”….”OK” I hastily replied! My favourite desert EVER, is cheesecake! But because most are made from dairy (cream cheese), I haven’t been eating it… yeah, its been real tough! Sure I could cheat, its not like I’m allergic to dairy.  No, it’s because our body doesn’t need dairy nor do I think cows should go through inhumane conditions for us…. and I’m not going to cheat on my own ethics! This recipe is raw, its dairy and gluten free, its delicious and if you eliminate the honey it’ll be sugar free too!  Stick to Green & Blacks chocolate for this recipe, its so devilishly healthy compared to other sugar loaded brands! Its pretty easy to make… from where I was standing anyway.  It takes about 45 mins to prep and then an hour standing by the fridge waiting for it to set! I felt like my face had been through some tough conditions while on the road, it …

A day with a volcano – Browns Island (Motukorea)

I’m on a boat with world renowned volcanologist, Dr Harry Keys! His sister Margi from Forest and Bird has organised this rare event to Browns Island (Motukorea).  I’ll be walking to the volcano summit and circumnavigate the island with my friend Jessamine and 28 other people.  There are 58 volcanoes in Auckland, all on the one field.  The field is dormant, for now   … this is my first ever Meet Up group!! Many friends questioned my decision to the island, one said it looks like a zit out of water, others said its just a grassy island with a hilly bit.  I would have to agree as I’ve actually been past this island many times on the ferry to Waiheke Island.  More than likely I would have been too busy drinking wines on the deck to notice Browns Island.  But when I saw this event come up on the Auckland Conservation Meetup… the nerd in me leaped out and said ‘do it woman’!! So I did and as we are waiting for our boat, Jessamine said to me “I hope the boat is big”. …

Waiotahi – a journey to my ancestors

I’m almost in Waiotahi, my jandals are off and I’m driving bare feet.  The smell of the ocean is swirling through my car.  This is how I like it.  Waiotahi is where part of me comes from, I’m a half-caste.  Maori/German. I’m here for a family reunion on my Maori side, my Great Grandparents Mariana & Te Waihirere. Our Kaumatua (Maori elders), including my mum, tell us stories in Te Reo (Maori Language) as we visit the pa and the house my mum grew up in. My ancestors roamed this land, they had food, water and each other.  Some lived on a pa, like this one I stand on.   A pa was not always a village though, they were often used to spot the enemy and defend their land. When they didn’t have to fight for their land, I’d like to think they had time to look at the view.  I’m also pleased to say that most pa sites in NZ are protected so no one can build a house on them.  They are for people to visit and to learn …