Be­hind the scenes

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

SARAH TENNANT FOOD WRITER

Sarah Tennant says her mum is re­spon­si­ble for her culi­nary ex­per­tise. “She hated cook­ing. Ev­ery time I asked if I could make dessert, she said: ‘Yes, if you cook din­ner too.’” Sarah cre­ated the lus­cious pumpkin-based sweet recipes for this is­sue (page 126). Te Awa­mu­tubased Sarah also works as a jour­nal­ist, writ­ing mostly about par­ent­ing – she is ex­pect­ing her fourth child in July.

Why pumpkin? I was born in the US, so I picked up the whole pumpkin pie thing. Then I started us­ing it in other bak­ing. What else are you bak­ing? I’ve been mak­ing soft, fluffy Japanese Hokkaido bread – it makes great raisin buns. Lessons learned? I make a lot of ice cream. I did try mak­ing can­died ba­con ice cream, but I don’t think I’ll do that again.

VIC­TO­RIA CLARK FREE­LANCE WRITER

Nel­son-based Vic­to­ria Clark writes about Detlef and Marek Baum’s new coastal home on page 20, but hav­ing just come through breast cancer treat­ment, the writ­ing that’s clos­est to her heart is her blog, just­makeme­soup.com.

Was work­ing dur­ing treat­ment hard? In­ter­view­ing peo­ple was a good dis­trac­tion. I did a NZ House and Gar­den in­ter­view when I was com­pletely bald and swel­ter­ing in a hat. The in­ter­vie­wees were so kind – they told me to take off my hat, as­sured me I rocked the ninja look and plied me with glasses of wa­ter.

What do you like about the Baums’ place? It’s a beau­ti­ful, clean de­sign in a su­perb lo­ca­tion. A lovely friend­ship has de­vel­oped from do­ing this story – Detlef and Marek even vis­ited me in hospi­tal.

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