Writers: Cassandra Heke

Cassandra Heke

Cassandra and her partner Rick live in the sunny Hawkes Bay, with their two beautiful girls. She has a passion for good food and has worked with many top chefs in a range of food roles. Cassandra loves creating great food for her family and friends and also loves to share this love with others.

Healthy Eating for Under 5s

Heathy eating for under 5's

I had the pleasure of being invited along to a Seminar on Nutrition Nuts & Bolts run by Robin Piggot, Active Families Preschool Coordinator. The seminar included healthy eating tips for under 5s, oral hygiene tips, as well as looking at our own eating habits, and how these affect the people around us. Continue reading »

Beef bone broth recipe

Beef bone broth recipe

This month we’ve been looking at family¬†wellness and I could look¬†no further than my beef bone broth recipe.

Bone broths¬†are all the trend at the moment for wellness, health, digestive aid and skin health. In fact, bone broth cafes are popping up everywhere as an alternative to the morning coffee: Continue reading »

Slow cooker pulled pork

Slow cooker pulled pork

When I am in the kitchen creating dishes for my friends and family is when I am the happiest. I love the way the smells and aromas from cooking a beautiful meal, waft through the house and are memory causing. Slow cooked meals are the best in Autumn and Winter with the shorter days and colder nights. The following recipe is one that I feel brings the family together enjoying the flavours of Autumn.

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Chicken and Noodle Lettuce Cups with Miso-Soy dressing


New Beginnings…. this might come in the form of introducing a baby into our lives, introducing a pet into our family, a move of house or a transitional period. As a family, we try to approach these times with calm: with routine and with love. In summer we love the simplicity of tasty, fresh foods that fuel our bodies with the energy it deserves and needs. This has become a favourite in our house this summer.¬† I hope you and your family and friends enjoy it too. Continue reading »

Prawn rice paper rolls

prawn rice paper rolls

My daughter turned ONE recently and one of the dishes I created for my guests were rice paper rolls filled with prawns. This dish is beautiful to prepare and allows you to take the time to enjoy the rawness of the vegetables used in these rolls. When they are finished they look magical on the plate and almost burst with life and vitality. Continue reading »

Classic kiwi pavlova

Classic kiwi pavlova

The perfect end to our Christmas is a classic kiwi pavlova. It’s just one of those dishes that is a people pleaser and I can remember having this dessert since I was a little toddler – 3 years old (quite some time ago now!) Continue reading »

Traditional Christmas fruit mince pies


I LOVE starting Christmas day early. We all get up around 5.30am and gather in the lounge. I love a nice strong flat white in hand and get the oven on warming the traditional Christmas fruit mince pies. Continue reading »

Smoked chicken salad for summer

Smoked chicken salad

Coming into the summer months meals need to be simple, yet tasty. This smoked chicken salad¬†is such a delightful dinner as a main course for 4-6 people but is also a great dish to bring dinner parties and used as a shared plate. Continue reading »

Fish and herb parcels

fish and herb parcels recipe

Following my dreams in Spring 2015, meant getting pregnant and giving birth to Faeryn Rose in October 2014.¬†It’s important for me to provide a healthy meal for my loved ones and fish is one if the favourite dishes: a¬†parcel of fish served with a salad & crusty bread is such a great, light meal during the warmer months. Continue reading »

Cass’s Choc ‘n’ Beet Cake

Choc 'n' beet cake

Father’s Day is a time for sharing and reflecting, planning for the long summer ahead, board games and walks in the local bush. Afternoon tea for the past 3 years has been this delicious Chocolate and Beetroot cake. For us, it was about creating a moment in time which is now part of “Our Family tradition”! I hope that through the generations, this will now be passed on as “Cass’s Choc n Beet Cake” Happy eating! Continue reading »

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