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Our Growing Edge April Round Up

our-growing-edge-badgeEvery foodie enjoys a good foodie bucket list. We read them like a true/false quiz. Bucket lists really light my fire and several foodie bucket list items were tackled this month right here on Our Growing Edge. We cooked and ate home made pastas, master level baking, new vegetables, social occasions and experiments.

This month’s challenge was largely dominated by New Zealanders and we also had bloggers from Singapore, Australia, Canada and the US.


Danielle from Keeping Up With The Holsbys conquered one of her culinary nemesis: gnocchi. She even went a step further and made it gluten free! Rants, Raves and Rations made homemade pasta with lovely step by step photos and report to prove it.


Jessie from Purple House Cafe made a stunning raspberry white chocolate croquembouche to tick off her bucket list. Jess is Canadian and did a stint here in New Zealand where she learned to pour a real coffee.


Over in New York, ex-pat Hayley from Condiments On A City Life whipped up a casual soufflé.


Jess from Jessness Required is Cali girl living in New Zealand and took on the ambitious challenge of posting a recipe a day.

Sonya from And More Food held a cheese and wine party and you can see her photos and party tips here. Sonya is next month’s link party host.


Nom Nom Panda tested the murky waters of the Social Cooking. Alicia from Big Vegan Affair tried her first parsnips. I ate the first radishes from our vegetable garden. Gray from Food Is The Best Shit Ever conjured up a moroccan lamb sandwich after a store bought version failed to satisfy.


Speaking of experimental, Marnelli from Sweets and Brains experimented with apples, yoghurt and rice flour and came up with this scrumptious apple and yoghurt cake. I wish I could make up recipes on the fly like her (and have them come out edible!).


Linda from The Orange Bee was gifted an adorable honeycomb cake pan and made a honey lemon bee cake with it. Linda lives a charmed life in Texas, raising bees and making honey. Living the dream!


It was a pleasure to have the Food Opera sisters join us this month: Vanessa and Ingrid Opera. Vanessa is a graphics teacher, the Ingrid a freelance graphic designer here in New Zealand and going by their blog, the are very competitive with each other when it comes to cooking. Ingrid submitted this adorable cake she baked for her baby girl’s first birthday.

I’d like to end this post with a strong inspiring note: Things To Food Before I Die by Chef Kevin Blakeman. Kevin is head chef at one of Auckland’s most beloved Italian restaurants and his list of 50 bucket list items is insightful.

Edit: Late entry Chandler from The Chef With The Red Shoes tested out and made a bunch of mistakes on her Torrone Morbido journey.


Join us!

If you have a blog (it doesn’t have to be a food blog) and would like to tick off a foodie bucket list item this month or try something deliciously new, you are welcome to join us. More information can be found here or you can link up to the party directly here.


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  2. While I’m not a huge fan of bucket lists, we need some motivation to full engage with our temporary home town (okay, it’s always been my hometown, but that doesn’t mean I can’t work harder to appreciate it). I’ve decided to take full advantage of the vast international cuisine on offer in the city and create a targeted bucket list of restaurants to try before we leave town for good.

  3. Genie, I just shared a link for Our Growing Edge. I had just posted it this morning on my blog so I added the badge and the links at the bottom of my post just now. I would love to contribute next month and will be more on the ball, meaning that my post will be specifically for and direct to Our Growing Edge. Thanks Genie for all of this!

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