KAI - Recipes

Crustless Quiche


  • 8 Eggs
  • 8  Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 small pack frozen spinach
  • Handfull of Feta Cheese
  • 1 cup Cream
  • Handfull of Grated Cheese
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Sprinkle Dried Herbs (sage, oregano, rosemary use your favourites or whatever you have on hand)
  • Feel free to also add an optional sprinkle of onion or garlic powder for a bit of extra flavour and seasoning.

Crack eggs into bowl, whisk with cream and salt and pepper. Defrost spinach if using frozen and remove all the liquid. If using fresh spinach, lightly sautee in a pan with a dash of oil to remove all the moisture. Lightly grease quiche dish. Arrange spinach loosely to cover the base of the dish.


Pour egg mixture over spinach base. Cut tomatoes and place into dish. Crumble feta over the top. Season well with a sprinkle of dried herbs, and optional garlic or onion powder. Bake in a pre-heated oven on 180 degrees celsius for 20mins. (We have a fan forced oven, so timing may vary between different oven models)


At the 20 minute check, remove from oven and sprinkle the grated cheese over the top. Place back into oven and cook for a further 10 – 15mins ( again timings may vary depending on your oven). Once cooked, the egg mixture will be cooked all the way through and all the moisture should have evaporated. The quiche will be light and fluffy, and the cheese golden brown. 


Slice + serve!



KAI - Recipes

Raw Fish – Pacific Delicacy

Eating well has been a big focus for our whanau this year, and with the recent lock downs and food restrictions, it’s become even more important as we try to keep healthy and fit while being confined to our home.

Whenever we have raw fish it’s like a huge hug for the soul. Knowing there’s a bowl chilling in the fridge just puts me at ease. It is the ultimate comfort food and Pacific delicacy. During these uncertain and stressful times I think it’s nice to make traditional foods where we can. It helps maintain that feeling of connection. Everyone has their own way of preparing this dish but this is the recipe I make for our whanau and will be passing down to my tamariki.

At the moment meat is selling out pretty quickly in the supermarkets, but surprisingly there always seems to be fish available, which is fantastic for the seafood lovers in our whare. For this version I will be using fresh Bassa fillets (easily available in Australia and really economical). But you can use any firm fish with white flesh fish like snapper or tarakihi.

You will need: 

2-3 fillets of Bassa fish

1 can x Coconut cream

Lime or lemon juice



Onion (spring, red or white – what ever you have available)

Salt + Pepper to taste


1- The first step is to cube the fish fillets and place in a bowl. Cover with just enough lemon or lime juice. Cover and chill in the fridge for a few hours. The acid from the juice will turn the fish opaque white. You will know it is done when has turned white all the way through and the fish has a nice firm texture. Drain the excess juice by half and season well 

2 – Wash + chop the cucumber, tomato and onion into a small dice – everything should be of a similar size.


3 – Add the vegetables and the can of coconut cream to the bowl. Mix through, then season to taste.

4 – Cover and chill for a few more hours or overnight for best results.


5 – Test the seasoning again and add more if required. Serve + enjoy!




Whanau-Family Time

Geometric Line Drawings

While completing a few tasks in one of our workbooks, I noticed on one of the activities, my son was struggling to use a ruler correctly. In school, they still rule their pages with a header and margin in red pencil, and I did see sometimes his lines would be a bit off centre but I just put it down to needing more practice. So what better time than the present to get some extra practice in!

To help him develop this skill I found a few examples of geometric drawings over on Pinterest. There truly are some amazing artists out there creating extraordinary work in this style. I saved them and had a go at drawing a few examples myself. All you need for this activity is some plain paper (or even grid paper if you have it) a ruler and a pencil. My son found using a smaller plastic ruler more manageable as you need to frequently change angles and hand positions often.

I set us up, each with our own supplies. Then I showed him what to do. For example we started with a 3-D star shape. I would demonstrate first by ruling a line on the blank page then I would get him to copy, making clear when and where we needed to join two points, just like dot to dot but with a ruler edge.

Now don’t panic if things go a bit wonky to start with. Remember practice makes perfect and if we focus on the fact that we are developing a skill, the result of the image is really secondary. The more lines ruled the better 😉

Here are a few designs that we tried, I added some shading to the lions head just for interest (I couldn’t help it). What I love most, is you only need 3 x items to complete this activity. Pencil, ruler + paper! You can get really intricate by adding more lines. I might even try this on a canvas… Anyway head over to Pinterest for even more inspiration whanau!  Enjoy, happy creating xx





Whanau-Family Time

Amazing Mini Maze


  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Small treasures


Today we had a go at making a cardboard mini maze. It took us about 30 mins to complete. First my son sketched out the true path of the maze he wanted it to follow on a flat base piece of recycled cardboard with pencil. Then cutting thinner pieces of cardboard into strips we started constructing the maze walls.

We dabbed hot glue then positioned the wall in place holding for a few seconds to make sure it was secured in place. Then we would trim to size as per the hand drawn guidelines.

Once the true path was complete we set about constructing the dead ends of the maze and rooms. He even added a secret door complete with button which leads to the hidden treasure (also secured in place with hot glue) 

Not only can he now play with this mini maze it will work as a great adventure story writing prompt. Or he can give instructional writing a go, listing the materials and steps needed from start to finish. We can switch out the characters to make a brand new story  and maybe we will paint and decorate with different props or obstacles to start a new adventure. It really is amazing how one little project can lead to many more learning opportunities! Happy creating whanau xx




Whanau-Family Time

Planning hints to help make the most of being home with your tamariki

I’ve been inspired by a FB Live I watched this morning, by a super woman, design & business powerhouse actually. Adrienne Whitewood of ahu boutique in my home town of Rotorua, New Zealand. I haven’t had the privilege of meeting her in person, but I have been a fan of her beautiful work in fashion for a while. What deeply resonated with me immediately while viewing the live, was her passion to give back to the community in these trying + testing times. I adore people who direct their energy towards solutions. The world is ever changing, we need to adapt and we need to do better. She offered tips on how to start an online business and various insights on how to manage an online store. This live had my brain churning all day. Making me ask ALL the questions! What can I do? What can I offer? How can I help?

We are currently in voluntary self isolation, doing our part to help flatten the curve of this virus in Western Australia. Only making essential trips out for grocery shopping and supplies. One way I thought I could ’give back’ during this time would be to share some simple ideas, activities and fun ways to help make the most of being at home with your tamariki.

We have decided to keep our children home from school until further notice. I have a 14 year old + a seven year old. As my daughter is in year 9 most of her learning resources and lessons will be completed online. My son who is in Year 2, however needs a bit more structure, planning and hands on learning experiences.

Given the current circumstances, it’s understandable things may be a bit overwhelming right now. I have to admit I had a bit of a freak out when the news first broke of what was going on. A quick phone call from Dad calmed my fears (and tears) as he helped me gain perspective and reminded me of what’s really important. Whanau and aroha. I drew strength from his words and got myself organised and drew up a plan.

I am just a Mum, sharing my experience, trying my best to support my whanau through these uncertain times. Here’s a few hints I’ve discovered, which are helping me navigate these uncharted waters. Hopefully they will be helpful for you too, if you find yourself in the same boat.

Have a daily schedule

Basing our new schedule off the regular class timetable is really working for us. It’s serving as a great guide and offers some familiarity from the school setting. My son responds well to routine and he likes to know what we will be covering and when. I have written up the daily plan on a clip board so he can see it, setting it out day by day.  It’s simple, clear and manageable.  


Tackle learning tasks in the morning

We do all of our school work in the morning when concentration levels are their highest. We leave the afternoons free to do family things like gardening, baking, cooking, games, chores + learning life skills.

Not everything has to be a written lesson or activity

Everyday experiences can become an opportunity for learning. Working in the garden, fixing or cleaning something or even hanging the washing can provide rich learning experiences. Use pegs to count, add and subtract to work out simple equations. Get them to hang small items by pinching and attaching the pegs to a clothes horse to strengthen their fine motor skills. Talk about the different colours they can see, can they name them all? Ask them questions like, how many socks can you find? Can you count them in two’s? Have those conversations. No doubt you will be confined to your whare and your babies will be sticking close to your side, think about how you can bring them along while you complete your daily tasks. Talk, explain, describe, demonstrate, ask questions and take turns. Allow them to teach you! It’s all valuable! 

Make lessons fun

Our lessons are short but engaging. As we are stuck at home for sometime I think it’s important to make lessons as enjoyable as possible. We get the more challenging tasks done first thing and always finish with something fun like Music, Art or Science. It really helps with motivation to have something exciting to look forward too. The amount of resources, tutorials and activities available online are almost limit less, use them!

Be prepared

We have a few supplies + some materials on hand ready to go so we aren’t wasting time finding things. It ain’t fancy, but it works! Everything is kept neat and put away ready for next time. A basic supply of pencils, a sharpener, a ruler, scissors, a glue stick and a few exercise books and we are set. 


Improvise, invent, innovate

You don’t need a tonne of expensive supplies or resources. Use what you have at home. Collect pieces of cardboard for projects and boxes to store craft materials. Old magazines, scrap paper, cardboard tubes, cereal boxes – they are all useful.

Set up your space

Have a dedicated work space that is comfortable, with good chairs, air flow and good natural lighting. That way your children know it’s time for learning when they are in this space, I find it really helps to maintain a sense of calm in the home if everything is tidy and ready to go. We use our dining table so they have plenty of room and have a simple storage shelf which holds all of our resources. Once we are finished for the day everything gets packed away tidily ready for next time.

In all of this, it’s so important to look after yourself so you can look after the ones you love. If you need a break, allow it. Everything is changing constantly so allow flexibility to feature in your daily life. Take care, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Sing songs, share stories, play games, make something together, skype friends + family. Encourage, support and nurture. We are parents first so don’t place extra stress or pressure on yourself to be the ‘perfect ‘ teacher. Stick to what you know and what interests you, share your passions with your tamariki and enjoy this time together.  While we maybe isolated physically, we have the advantage of staying connected online showing awhi and support for one another, so let’s work together and make the most of it.












Thoughts + Reflections

It’s times like these, I wish you were here

Dear best friend,

It’s times like these I wish you were here. When the world is full of panic, dread and fear. I know you would listen. No judgement, no agenda, just an open ear.

A shoulder to lean on, a burden we’d share. Knowing that after our conversations and hearty laughter the air would be clear.

I would tell you how recently I went through a scare, a cyst on my breast which appeared out of no where. The scan has been done, and I need not worry, unless it doesn’t heal, in which case I must return in a hurry.

I would share good news too, my unrelenting excitement of becoming an Aunty, which would make us think back on our own pregnancy journey’s. What a gift life truly is. Memories flowing of oohing and ahhing over onsies and bibs.

I would tell you how I’m trying to over come my deepest fears and be the best I can be. In honour of you and your memory. It’s times like this, in the middle of the night, when I can’t pick up the phone and my thoughts turn to fright.

I am hurled back into a pit of despair and a cycle of grief. What is unfolding in the world is beyond belief. My young cousin has just passed away, we hope and pray he now has relief. Peace and rest for his soul. Returning home to the place of our ancestors, once more.

I know I am not the only one to have a hole in my heart, but you saw me for me, and to find that in another damn sure is hard. Your strength and character shone like the rays of the sun. Always at the ready, racing to yell shotgun!!

It’s times like these I wish you were here. You always knew how to make things better, the right things to say and do, no matter the weather. It’s your smile, laughter and hugs I miss the most. Tomatoes with heeeeeaps of salt + pepper and real butter on toast.

I know your work on earth was complete, your angel wings carried you away, no weight on your feet. Here I stay hoping and wishing just one more conversation, just one last adventurous mission. I hold you in my heart, thoughts and prayers knowing one day I’ll see you on those stairs.

But for now I must be brave, have courage and faith, I must carry on and be strong, especially when things all go wrong. I will dig deep, sustain and endure, writing as I go so you can be sure. If you are there looking down, I hope you can see, just how much you really did mean to me.

Take care of our loved ones, give them the chur bro’s, the east-coast wave, wat ups and hellos!!! For now I’ll cry my tears into my pillow, till it’s soggy and a mess. Which reminds me, I must find my black dress, heart heavy in my chest. It’s times like these I wish you were here, no one knows me like you know me, you knew me best.