All things ‘foodie’

Kapi-Mana News - - FOOD - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

Food may be the fo­cus in most kitchens, but it is only the start­ing point for Tracey Steel and her Kapi-mana News on­line blog.

In My Kitchen went live on our web­site in March as part of our com­mit­ment to pro­vide dig­i­tal readers more fresh and ex­clu­sive con­tent on­line.

Tracey has proved the per­fect scribe to wax lyri­cal about all things ‘‘ foodie’’, from cook­ing shows to health- re­lated in­ter­views, to of­fer­ing her two cents on ‘‘Mar­maged­don’’ and kids’ fond­ness for tomato sauce.

From the start Tracey had no in­ter­est in just serv­ing up an­other col­umn about recipes. As the adage goes, the kitchen is the ‘‘heart of the home’’ and not just be­cause of the cook­ing ap­pli­ances.

‘‘When you sit at the kitchen ta­ble, you don’t just talk about food,’’ she says.

‘‘I try to find dif­fer­ent top­ics and keep it fresh.’’

Tracey says she is keen to blog about lo­cal peo­ple in the food trade who are suc­cess­ful, like Ruby’s cafe and Whit­taker’s.

‘‘I want to cel­e­brate lo­cal busi­ness. It’s a great way to pro­mote what’s good and great about Porirua.’’

She also plans to keep folks up­dated on food-re­lated events, smart shop­ping tips, and recipe at­tempts from new cook books.

‘‘If I could de­sign a kitchen it would have a whole li­brary wall of cook books,’’ says our food cul­ture blog­ger Tracey Steel. How­ever, a notepad is al­ways close by and ideas of­ten come on a whim.

Tracey has lived in Pukerua Bay for four years, and Whitby and Pare­mata be­fore that. She loves food cul­ture, from aprons to col­lect­ing rolling pins and kitchen gad­gets – both prac­ti­cal and novel.

‘‘I have an ice-cream scoop that says ‘ice-cream!’ when you use it.’’

When it comes to the cook­ing, olive oil, gar­lic and onions are her most trusted in­gre­di­ents. Just don’t ex­pect too many blog en­tries about host­ing din­ner par­ties.

‘‘You spend all day prep­ping, de­cid­ing what to do, the shop­ping. And I love the plan­ning. But by the time it’s ready to go in the oven, I’m over it – just give me a bucket of wine.’’

In My Kitchen is up­dated reg­u­larly at kapi­mananews.co.nz. We will en­deav­our to pub­lish one en­try each month in the print edi­tion.

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