Mairi Herbert

My name is Mairi Herbert and I love to cook food, read about food, write about food, take photos of food and of course eat food. 
Basically I love anything to do with food, all sorts of food.  I think it's wonderful how food can bring people together and for me my favourite place to relax is in the kitchen, chopping, cooking, simmering, baking.  For me it was a natural extension to share it and to start writing about it.  I also had a few friends of the can’t cook won’t cook school of thought and I wanted to show them how easy it really is to put delicious food on the table.
 
Originally from bonnie Scotland, I studied Law at Edinburgh University with an idealistic ideal that I might fight injustices and change the world. That wasn’t to be for me and I find it easier to  bring a little joy one meal or cake at a time.  Since then there were a number of years in London, and a year in Australia. I finally ended up in New Zealand over 10 years ago, the most gorgeous little corner of the world and one that I feel blessed to live in.
 
Toast is all about what I have been cooking (or eating!). It's where I write about what I have been concocting in my little Kiwi kitchen, and by little I do mean little! 
 
The recipes and inspiration come from everywhere - favourite cookbooks, great food writers, great food bloggers, my Mum, my Grandmothers, friends or conjured up by me. The focus for me is on fresh and seasonal with a little sprinkle of indulgence as we all need a little of that. 
 
Thanks for stopping by & I hope you enjoy!

My Blogs

Cauliflower Soup...simplicity itself.

Cauliflower Soup...simplicity itself. Happy New Year everyone!...more
@sassymonkey I haven't but I think I might have to try it that way....sounds delicious :)more

Home Smoked Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Home Smoked Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Almonds My new addiction is home smoked chicken th...more

Asparagus!

The First Spring Asparagus    ...more
Thanks Virgina, loving asparagus & making the most of the short season! @HomeRearedChefmore

Herbed Olives

Herbed Olives These are the perfect little accompaniment to an ap...more
Thanks Victorias...you should, so easy & so delicious. Thanks for stopping by. :) @victorias_viewmore

Benne Wafers

Benne Wafers I seem to be on a wee bit of a sweet phase this past week.  These have been on ...more

Hi Denise, you should make them! A few minutes is all it takes and yes they are sooo good! M :)more

Welcome to a Month of Ice Cream on BlogHer!

In July, summer settles in for the long haul. Hot days and warm nights beg for a sweet but cool treat, and that’s why we’re celebrating ice cream all month long. From rich and creamy custard-based ice cream to dairy-free options, we’ll bring you recipes and stories that are guaranteed to keep you blissfully chilled out. ...more

Hi,hear are some of my favourites...enjoy! And hope to have a rhubarb & ginger one posted soon ...more

Is Food Blogging Too Hard?

Last week, I gave a 2-hour talk on how to start a food blog. I felt like a spoilsport. It all seems like so much work, someone responded. Why do you need to be a good photographer? Can't you just change one or two things in a recipeand share it with people, for fun? What if I only want to blog for fun? Who cares if people want to reprint my recipes elsewhere? ...more

Absolutely agree. For me it is a journey and I am just enjoying that. After all they do say it ...more

Is Food Blogging Too Hard?

Last week, I gave a 2-hour talk on how to start a food blog. I felt like a spoilsport. It all seems like so much work, someone responded. Why do you need to be a good photographer? Can't you just change one or two things in a recipeand share it with people, for fun? What if I only want to blog for fun? Who cares if people want to reprint my recipes elsewhere? ...more

I am fairly new to writing a food blog so absolutely appreciate tips on how to do it better - so ...more

A Month of Side Dishes: Delicious Pumpkin

December is BlogHer's Month of Side Dishes, and we want you to share your favorite side! Click here to see how to play along. And check out all the sides we're craving in the Month of Side Dishes series....more

Glad you like it, if you love veg Plenty is an amazing book.more

Jamie Oliver and Taking A Stand for Healthy Lunches

Later on that evening Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was on TV. Now -- you may say that Jamie Oliver is a bit crazy; who does this guy think he is, coming over to America and telling people how to eat? Why does he care? Why should anyone listen to him, anyway? Does it really matter that 31 million children participate in the USDA’s school lunch program and 11 million in the breakfast program? Or that many of those kids are consuming up to half of their daily calories at school? He kicked the leg of the desk noisily as I squatted down to look him in the eye. ...more

So glad to here that good work is still happening. You just can't but help be in awe of his ...more