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We like adventure and we eat real food.

Having spent the last 18 months in the isolated near-Arctic community of Norman Wells (all day darkness in winter, all day light in summer) we now live big city-style in the center of Canada, Calgary.

While he flies planes, she explores the differences in food culture between New Zealand and Canada, documenting it here on de la casa.

Although we both primarily enjoy highly nutritious, well balanced meals and clean-eating, we do love to indulge.

Interested in the small cafe I set up in Norman Wells? Or just wanna hear a funny kiwi accent? Click on the following links



18 Comments leave one →
  1. Jayne permalink
    August 11, 2012 10:25 am

    What a gift (from a good friend) to have stumbled upon your blog Christina, I can attest that your fruit tarts at the art exhibition last week were simply stellar! Thank you for including the recipe in your blog. I look forward to more great inspiration & your photos are a pure delight to the eye!

  2. August 25, 2012 11:56 pm

    Hi, Christina! Sorry I couldn’t find your email address – I had a quick question about the header image on your blog. We are planning to organize a block party and were playing with an idea of making t-shirts. I thought something simple like your header could be perfect. If you don’t mind sharing – did you draw it yourself or is there a font that could be downloaded by people who don’t know how to draw…?

  3. September 3, 2012 10:08 pm

    Wow sounds like an incredible and challenging adventure! your site is full of such beautifully styled photos, I love it!

    • September 4, 2012 7:19 am

      Oh thank you Jess. It’s a lot of fun trying to make do with what we’ve got up here. It has been a great adventure so far :D

  4. Alex permalink
    November 16, 2012 10:40 am

    Good Job!!!!

    Greets from Germany

  5. November 29, 2012 3:51 pm

    I empathise with you and love your sentiments – I also have challenges sourcing and growing food here in the Outer Hebrides. I thought I could cook before I moved here, but I’ve learned to be much more resourcful because I have to be. I look forward to following you and reading about your delicious recipes. PS, I’m with Jesse. Coffee is king!

    • November 29, 2012 6:35 pm

      Hebrides! Wow – had to google that. How cool. I can only guess you have good espresso even there – being Europe after all. We miss it big time but have found the Italian press does the trick while we are here. Thanks for stopping by – appreciate the note :D

  6. January 20, 2013 10:23 pm

    ciao! luvFAB blog.

  7. Lyndsay permalink
    January 22, 2013 10:05 pm

    Hi Christina, I came across your blog last week after seeing your red wine cupcake recipe on pinterest (they’re delicious by the way). I’m really enjoying reading about your adventures in the NWT. If you’re ever in the Toronto area let me know, I’ll send you a list of foodie sites to see :)

    • January 23, 2013 11:37 am

      Hi Lyndsay! Oh wow, funnily enough we are visiting Toronto in April! We are just starting to plan the trip and would LOVE some suggestions for sure!

  8. Meg permalink
    January 26, 2013 8:44 pm

    Hi Christina, I just stumbled upon your blog in my search for a healthy icing recipe… what a lucky find! Your sea change sounds like such a fun (if not freezing cold!) adventure, and I love your natural approach to food and life. I have decided my new goal for 2013 is try all of your recipes… starting with carrot cake! :)

    • January 27, 2013 9:47 am

      Hi Meg! Nice to meet you :D How cool you’re cooking from my blog! Hope you enjoy, and if you come across ANY errors or have suggestions please let me know!

  9. February 10, 2013 3:15 pm

    Lovely blog and nice to find you! I’m looking out from my study across the frozen Rideau waterway – and then stumbled across your blog and read north of 60!

  10. Lyn permalink
    June 18, 2013 5:39 pm


  11. Cate permalink
    September 26, 2013 10:03 pm

    HI Christina !
    I’m searching for a Canadian source for Heilala Vanilla Paste and products .. And your blog is the only Canadian reference I managed to find ! Did you bring it with you when you came here … do you have any suggestions on finding it in Canada or know of a retailer who ships here ?
    BTW , awesome blog , and you are very brave to undertake such an adventure … I’m Canadian and I’m not sure I’d make such a northern attempt ( but it sure sounds like the food is worth it ! )

    • September 30, 2013 10:10 am

      Hi Cate. Yes my mother sent it over from New Zealand. I would recommend contacting Heilala through their website to see if they ship, but to be honest I’m sure there are great retailers of vanilla here in Canada. A Nothern visit is well worth it – quite unlike anything else in Canada (or the world).

  12. Cate permalink
    September 30, 2013 11:25 am

    Thank you !

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