What an enormous challenge, to condense all my years of adventures, learning, traveling, understanding and interests into a comprehensive paragraph – and what an opportunity! My motto these days is  ‘back foot forward’ and begin. I can always tweak later.

I live on a small island in the South Pacific. I grew up in New Zealand and left for France at 18 years old  making a quick stopover in the U.S. on the way – I had always wanted to visit San Francisco, Alaska, New York and New Orleans. Seventeen years later I was still in the U.S. Things never turn out quite how you expect. How wonderful is that!!

In 2000, I moved back to N.Z,  in particular to a small island in the Hauraki Gulf about 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland city, and began a bit of a commute. For 6 years my daughter and I spent half the year on the island and the other half in Europe and the US with her dad.  Having degrees in Education and English and a background in alternative education, I happily home-schooled Zuzu until she was 8 because we traveled so often, but when a new International Baccalaureate Primary/Middle school opened on the island, I enrolled her. Now, quite a few years on, it is much harder to leave the island. Our group of friends and our connection to the community and her school is quite firm. We still make our yearly pilgrimage to the U.S and since we are traveling so far and flight options generally support it with no extra cost, we usually manage a stopover in Europe.

Zuzu is in her last year of Intermediate and will begin High School next year. There are lots of options and plans but for now we are both feeling great about where we are.

Now, I have developed an interesting preoccupation with food and recipes and I am teaching myself to cook. With cooking and food as the scaffolding I intend to chronicle this adventure so I can watch it unfold.   I love the idea that the preparation of food and an attention to the particulars of a meal – such as: healthy ingredients, cost efficiency, spectacular taste and the effort and intention of the process – can serve as a wonderful constant in an ever changing story.  I want to capture the essence of my experiences in relation to the meals I will learn to create. Of course,  my story wouldn’t be complete without the details. 🙂

About my moniker:  Dandylion is a name I have answered to for many, many years. It seems likely that in a forum such as this, where a kind of  intimacy can develop between blogger and reader at such an enormous distance, a personal detail such as a nickname can be of assistance.

Dandylion xx


2 responses

16 03 2011
Zilvinas Juraska

Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!

1 08 2011
Ray Sharp

Hi from across broad waters

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