About Me

20150204_085356 (2)“I must get around to writing about food”. And I finally did, around five years ago.

Back then I was navigating the new mum course, working part time and training for a marathon. How things have changed. My little guy is now at school, I quit work to go the Chef school and I finished the run.

About the only constant over the years has been the blog. Some months, I’ve been a prolific poster and others I’ve wondered if I’ll ever write again. It’s a little bit like life, somewhat erratic.

Welcome and thanks for dropping by. I’m Marija (that’s Maria in Croatian) and I live in the coolest little capital in the word, Wellington.

When I’m not pottering around the kitchen or trawling food emporiums, I tutor cooking at Wellington High School community education and Crave Cooking School, teach children to cook in the Garden to Table programme, take private lessons, and do project work. I also love to cook for Good Bitches Baking.

Drop me an email or facebook message if you are keen to talk about working together.

I have an on-going and close relationship with Kenny – my Kenwood mixer. He features frequently in my posts and has revolutionised my cooking.

When I’m not in the kitchen, eating or hanging out with the little guy (and his Dad), I like to run – but, I do seem to be injured more than I’m not. That doesn’t stop me from looking for fabulous places around the globe to visit for a run. It’s purely coincidental that they are often foodie havens.

You can follow my blog by clicking on the link, or liking my facebook page. Feel free to leave comments or message me – it’s always good to know that someone is out there.

Happy cooking.


7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey Marija, I just found your cooking blog – how cool! Can’t wait to see what you are up to in the kitchen. Back in Melbourne, so if you need any research in the form of tasting, just let me know – happy to help xx Lisa


  2. Thank you for following my blog. I really appreciate the kind gesture. Nice to know that you love cooking and eating. I do too. I look forward to receiving posts from your blog. Kind regards!


  3. Hi Marija, made your bread on Tuesday and it was so easy. I just have a couple of queries. When you use the dough hook about how long do you beat it for. I found that my bread was quite dense, is this how it is meant to be.


    • Hi Pat. Really pleased to hear you tried the bread. It is a little more dense than bread that has proved but it should not be stodgy. This is not a ‘light and fluffy’ loaf, more a robust bread that won’t leave you feeling hungry. Perfect for soup dunking – or just eating as is with butter or olive oil. When kneading by hand, I knead for anything from between five-ten minutes and probably do the same with a dough hook. The dough should be lovely, smooth and elastic when it goes into the oven. Hope this helps 🙂


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