Christina and Jesse, a New Zealand couple, living in the isolated community of Norman Wells, north of 60˚ in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
We like adventure and we cook real food.
The stories and recipes on De La Casa range right back to our early marriage (2 years ago) where we lived as frugal students in central New Zealand, embarking on the journey of cooking whole food from scratch, on a budget, with an eye for nutrition. It began with the simplest of homemade meals, learning about creating a garden entirely from seed, and experimenting with technical desserts.
De La Casa has since evolved into a log of our journey to the far North of Canada where we are currently living out the adventure we had been seeking. Jesse flies people and supplies into the nearby communities while I immerse myself in studying the contrast of food culture (New Zealand does have a unique foodie culture after all) and using real, homemade food to bring people together.
Living in an isolated northern town has its difficulties, even more so for those aiming to maintain a clean diet, support locally grown, avoid commercial products and improve food photography – the winter can be rather long and dark. We have learnt to live off local, wild meat and storable grains and make the monthly import of groceries last an incredibly long time.
We have chosen to enjoy and embrace this once-in-a-lifetime experience – from the all-day summer sunlight, to the northern lights during the -50˚C winters – and learn more about ourselves, each other, and our culinary dreams, all with love, all de la casa.