Hello, I'm Nicole! Food Lover | Avid Gardener | Nutritionist | Cooking Coach.

I am a university qualified, NZ Registered Nutritionist, with a down-to-earth, no nonsense approach to nutrition and well-being.

I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating. We are all built differently and it's about finding what works for YOU!

Ways we could work together:

  • Learn how to live a healthy life without the need for fad diets or expensive crazy ingredients.
  • Learn about simple, sensible food swaps for living with chronic diseases, e.g coeliac disease, or food allergies.
  • Gain confidence in the kitchen and at the supermarket.
  • Break the diet cycle and cut through the confusion.

You can find out more about me and how we can work together (by clicking on the highlighted words).

 

Summer yum! Bright and fresh summer salads.

Some summer days it really is just too hot to be bothered cooking. That is where a simple and tasty salad is a great lunch or dinner option.

Pile a bowl full of shredded lettuce. Combine a bunch of other delicious bits and bobs in a mixing bowl, such as:

  • cucumber, carrot, capsicum, radish
  • fresh, green peas 'n' beans
  • herbs - chives, parsley, mint, basil
  • tomatoes - fresh or sun-dried
  • meat or fish or tofu
  • avocado
  • fruit and nuts and seeds
  • even edible flowers

You are only limited by your imagination and what you have on hand

Dress with your favourite dressing or just a squeeze of lemon juice, a little olive oil and a grind of fresh pepper. Pile on top of the shredded lettuce and dig in!

To keep up to date with everything that is going on with Nicole's Nutrition Kitchen, and for new recipe ideas, please follow the Nicole's Nutrition Kitchen facebook page.

 

Welcome to the new home of Elocin Specialty Foods: great food that's gluten free!

Since closing down the kitchen at the end of 2014 I have been (slowly) working on the recipes to change them to suitable for making in a home kitchen.

The Elocin Foods recipes have now been incorporated into those recipes used in my various gluten-free cooking classes. To access more information on either in-person or online cooking classes click here Cooking Classes.

To keep up to date with Elocin Foods activities, and for new recipes, please follow the Elocin Foods facebook page.

 

Pea and Feta Dip: Summer on a sandwich!

Summer is a great time for light and fresh food. For me peas and mint are a taste of summer, just like tomatoes and basil. Little bursts of sunshine on the palate. This dip is a fabulous addition to any picnic, platter or sandwich; great tossed through pasta with sun-ripened tomatoes and maybe even a little smoked salmon.

Watch the video to get the recipe for the Pea and Feta Dip.

 

Herb Crusted Salmon: I am not much of a meat eater but I do love fish. That means that you will see more fish than meat recipes throughout the website.

Fish is a great protein source to have in your diet. It contains many important nutrients such as vitamins A & D and also omega-3 fatty acids (what we call good fats). Fish such as Salmon, Tuna, Sardines and Mackerel are high in these nutrients, and tinned versions are just as good as fresh. Here in New Zealand we are lucky as Kahawai and Mussels are readily available, reasonably priced and are packed full of good nutrients. One great thing that you get from including tinned Salmon, Sardine or Mackerel dishes is that they contain the bones (do eat them, they are a little crunchy) which give you a boost of calcium and magnesium. The calcium boost they give is important for those of us who need an alternative source to dairy foods. I aim to include at least one fresh and one canned fish meal per week. Fresh or smoked Salmon is saved for a treat; with the smoked a little goes a long way and can add extra flavour to a dish using tinned Salmon. However, Kahawai is a weekly dish in our house – fresh or as Smoked Fish Pie.

Get the recipe for Herb Crusted Salmon.