About Me

My name is Nicki and I am a cookbook addict.IMG_8201

Having a cookbook addiction is a wondrous thing; I am never short of a new recipe to try which I find incredibly exciting (as does the family)!

This blog is about the food I cook, the cookbooks I use, the successes and the not quite successes.  But most of all, it is an opportunity to connect with other like-minded addicts out there.

So please leave comments, share stories or tell me about the recipes and cookbooks that you love, I want to hear about them!

A bit more about me

I live in Christchurch, New Zealand…the land of earthquakes.

IMG_3686Following the earthquake in September 2010 I realised how reliant we are on supermarkets to provide us with food.  Since then I’ve ramped up my vegetable garden to try and become a little bit more self-sufficient.

Having my own garden has made me more attuned to seasonal produce and so I try to cook to the seasons as much as possible.


So how did I become a cookbook addict?

Two key events pushed me in the direction of the cookbook addict that I am today:

  1. Building a house

My husband and I used to eat out quite regularly, but deciding to build a house meant we no longer had the funds available to continue this habit.

If we wanted to continue to eat fancy food then we needed a solution and fast.  Our solution? “Why not try cooking fancier meals at home”?  We could buy some good quality ingredients, learn some new techniques and splash out on a nice bottle of wine for a fraction of the cost of eating out (red wine jus with steak was our initial specialty)!  The more we did this the more our confidence grew and the more we enjoyed cooking…and our bellies were content.

  1. Culling my cookbooks

It might sound surprising that culling my cookbooks would spark a cookbook addiction but this is exactly what happened.  Fed up with not using my cookbooks, I got rid of all the ones that I was never likely to use.  Of those remaining, I made a list of recipes that I wanted to try and started to work my way through it.

Now…I’m an organiser and list keeper from way back!  So I couldn’t resist keeping a list of what I cooked, what recipe book it was from and some comments about it.  As you will see, this is what morphed into my blog.

As I started to make better use of my cookbooks I began to get cravings for more…and more.  ”Sachie’s Kitchen” and “Peter Gordon Everyday” were the next two cookbooks I bought following the cull and these started me off on the road to what has now become a rather large (and constantly growing) collection.

Ahhh, life’s good 🙂

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A very small part of the collection



4 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I also love cookbooks. When I was packing to move last spring, I debated getting rid of some of them. However, it felt like getting rid of old friends. So they are all in a box, easily accessible when I want them. 🙂

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    1. Hi Kate, thanks for your message! I love second-hand cookbooks as well; so satisfying when you find a bargain or find something interesting that you can’t get in the shops. The last couple of years I’ve gone along to the Christchurch library book sale and picked up some fantastic books; in fact the book I cooked the courgette lasagna from is one of those books! As you say, great to find a fellow addict 🙂


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