Nestled into a bank of native trees with views over the Manukau Harbour, Eleanor Ozich of Petite Kitchen's home is as calm and tranquil as the woman herself. Walking us through her new family home, Eleanor points out the parts she loves and the parts that are a work-in-progress. Inevitably, we finish the tour in her favourite part of the house — the kitchen.
Showered with food-related tips, such as how to grow our own skoby for kombucha and the best local eats, we pore through Eleanor's insane cookbook collection, some of which have been handed down from family members who are equally as keen on honest, wholesome food. One pre-loved cookbook in particular was passed on from her Swedish grandfather which comes equipped with recipe notes, such as "different, but good", and "this tastes really great"!
After a leisurely chat in the backyard, filled with sunshine, garden herbs and established kauri trees, we were treated to a white bean 'blondie' and tea (the alternative to regular chocolate brownie), with dark chocolate chunks and a sweet earthy taste.
She may be petite in stature and calm in nature, but when it comes to food, Eleanor is passionate and courageous... Only weeks away from expecting her third child, Eleanor has recently managed to publish her own book, Petite Kitchen 'Sweet Delights', an exploration in delectable yet nourishing recipes, which will be available at Tessuti in the next few weeks!
[image above features Rachel Carley Facet Bowl in golden syrup]
[image above features Wundaire ceramic jar (coming to Tessuti next month) and Wooden Tasting Spoons]
[image above features Rattan Round Stool]
[image above features Black Pot Plant Stand by Trestle Union]
Petite Kitchen's 'Sweet Delights' will be available in store and online.