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Hello there, and welcome to my blog. Previously known as Petite Kitchen, this space is a journal of sorts, a place where I delight in sharing recipes, ideas, and moments inspired by all things simple, and beautiful.

There’s a story that’s all too familiar for many of us. It’s one where we are constantly striving for more…more money, more things, more success, more self worth. I too, had become fixated on chasing these things, in the hope that I would feel fulfilled, and to validate my happiness. It wasn’t until my family and I went through some challenging times, that I began to understand that the experience of struggle and difficulty is far more valuable than the experience of success...I began to discover a life that is much more simple, and in turn, much more enjoyable.

I believe this method of simplifying can be applied to almost every aspect of your life, and that’s precisely why I felt compelled to write a book about it. I’m delighted to tell you that it will be published by Penguin Random House, and released in stores later this year.

A little more about me....

I am certainly no chef or trained professional, simply a home cook who is hopelessly in love with food. You can find my writing and photography in various publications, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Delicious, Taste Magazine, The Natural Parent Magazine, Homestyle, and my weekly column for Viva - The New Zealand Herald. I have written three cookbooks, best-selling My Petite Kitchen CookbookMy Family Table, and Sweet Delights. You can purchase signed copies here.

I have three beautiful children, Bella, Obi and little baby Archie, as well as a wonderful husband called Valentin. A few years ago, we moved from the hustle and bustle of Auckland city to a 1950’s beach house surrounded by native bush in the West Coast. It's a small, simple house, but it is ours, and it’s full of life. 

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you will stay for a little while.

Eleanor x


The above two images are captured by Greta Kenyon.


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