Kelly Gibney – freelance food writer, stylist and photographer – aims to show people that healthy food can be utterly delicious and full of joy. She believes in good food over guilt or deprivation. Kelly helms kellygibney.com a wholehearted blog centred on nourishing, wholesome food, and this philosophy extends to her fortnightly wholefoods column Green Mondays. We asked Kelly what she’s getting up to these days, and – as with her cooking – she was happy to share.
Where’d you go for your summer break (and who’d you take)?
We headed into Northland for a camping holiday at a fairly remote spot. Right on a beach. It was heavenly. I have this childlike love of sleeping in tents. I love looking over and seeing my partner, my daughter and I all nestled together in the morning. Being able to swim every day is the best and feeling far, far away from the busyness of everyday life was amazing. I’m feeling motivated to find ways to incorporate some of that peace into my everyday life.
One of my favourite things was waking up and having tea and honey toast together in our tent (this is true – not just saying it because I’m chatting to you!). We would have these lovely little chats and laughs before we joined the rest of the group we were holidaying with. One of those lovely, simple things that brings so much pleasure.
Tell us what you got up to this week.
I’ve been relaunching my website and moving from working under a blog name to just working under my own name. It’s very exciting and feels like the perfect time to do it. The website makeover was lots of work but I’m excited to have a more dynamic online space where my recipes are more easily accessible for readers. I also started planning for the release of my debut cookbook ‘Wholehearted’. It’ll be on shelves March 1st. Exciting time ahead!
Please share your food philosophy.
My philosophy is pretty simple. I love good quality, delicious, real food. I’m super passionate about looking after myself and crafting recipes that nourish my readers but I’m a food lover first and foremost. Eating should be pleasurable. There is too much good food out there to eat and share, to get caught up in diet rigidity or too many food rules.
Please share the sights, sounds and smells of your corner of the world.
I live in Auckland, New Zealand. One of the best things about Auckland is being part of a bustling city with great energy, excellent food and coffee and culturally lots happening. It almost makes up for the traffic woes. It’s also really close to lots of lovely beaches and remote places when you need to get away. We spend lots of time in beautiful Northland and dream of being able to buy our own little plot of land hidden away somewhere.
How do you like to use Manuka honey?
My little family really love Manuka Honey. We have the higher MGO stuff as a daily health booster. A spoonful a day – my 4-year-old daughter especially loves this! I also love Manuka honey as a wholesome sweetener, in herbal tea, dressings, smoothies and spread thickly on homemade baked goods. It’s one of those pure foods that feels really good to use.
Kelly Gibney has been very busy lately! As well as launching her new website kellygibney.com, she’s got her first cookbook, ‘Wholehearted’ in the works. It’s due to be published by Beatnik in March 2017. So watch this space.