Hi world,

This is me with the object of my desire over my shoulder in the background…. the garden and what will unfold come summer…. hopefully mouthwatering dishes aplenty,  that’s if I can coax some life out of it and actually grow something. It’s an experiment waiting to unfold.  As a New Zealand transplant into New York City,  I realized that after 16 years I still love New York City, I just don’t need to love it on a 7 day a week, 24 hour a day basis so, as a freelancer I have the best of both worlds by splitting my time between upstate New York and what I call Downstate. This is my adventures in all things country, of which I know absolutely nothing about, my obession with being able to eat what I grow and the calm of country living.


snowboarding down our bunny hill….. yes somewhere under that snow I’m standing on a board.




  1. lisaschweitzer
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    AAAAWWWWW, i love a good catskill kiwi!

  2. Sarah
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Love it!!! Go Kiwi!

  3. noire68
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see how green those fingers are!

  4. deborah
    Posted February 8, 2009 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    this is great!
    thanks for sharing!!!

  5. June
    Posted February 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great scone recipe ! This is a fun read.

  6. Jesika
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    the smile on your face says it all!

  7. julie
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Toni, looks a bit cold your neck of the woods. It’s pretty hot in Auckland at present.Had afternoon tea with Jan, Karen, Jacy,Jill, Henry, Col and Joy on Sunday. All is well. Look forward to reading all your news.
    love, Julie.

  8. Jan
    Posted March 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    What a great Blog this is! keep it up – love Mum

  9. wendelltwebber
    Posted March 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Brogan you have out done youself! Miss you!

    Wendell T.

  10. Janelle
    Posted March 30, 2009 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Love it, love it, love it! My daughter keeps saying to me, why do you always need the computer to cook mommy? Well because you are fabulous and you make a non-cooker want to get in that kitchen and cook her littly booty off!

  11. k
    Posted March 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    i have lived in nyc for 8 years and am feeling the pull of country life. your site is making me yearn for wide open spaces even more. i’ve visted areas in the catskills before; woodstock and pond eddy are a couple. what town are you in or close to? i know nothing about the towns but would love to call one of them home someday!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted March 31, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi, we are in Roxbury, in Delaware county, it is ridiculously beautiful there.. I highly recommend the country escape!!

  12. Posted May 17, 2009 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    all you need for a great garden is a big compost pile.

  13. Dara
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Get your grundies off (you left that out of your kiwi glossary).

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted May 20, 2009 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      actually I used to taunt my brother by saying I was going to give him a “grundy stretch” = wedgie!

  14. uptownsmalltown
    Posted June 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi Catskill Kiwi ~ great blog! It’s nice to “meet” a fellow city/country girl. 🙂


  15. Posted July 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Wow, what a beautiful place you live at.

  16. The Catskill Chronicle
    Posted July 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I love your site, not just for the absolutley wonderful recipes, but because of the conversations you have with us, the reader. I am one of the co-operators of The Catskill Chronicle. The instant I saw your site I added it to the blogroll on my site so that our readers can also enjoy your adventures.
    Thank you so much for all the good food and the wonderful tales from yours and Mr.Weiss’s life. – Leni

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted July 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Hey thanks for you very kind comments! and welcome to my little world… oh how I love it up here!! please come back again.

  17. Posted July 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    A wonderful idea you have. A lot of work to do, till that garden of your dreams will became real.
    Plants need time – so does anyone else. Keep unfolding, and grow, grow, grow!

    🙂 greetings from austria (no kangaroes here!-europe)

  18. Posted August 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    We tried something similar with San Francisco and Point Reyes Station — what an experience! ENJOY!

  19. Posted September 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh, your blog is lovely…you’re going on my list!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted September 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      hey thanks for that! and thanks for stopping on by!

  20. Posted September 7, 2009 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    Just found your blog, love it! And love the Kiwi in NY… I hope to be there some day. It looks beautiful.

  21. Posted September 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    this is my current favorite kiwi musician (don’t laugh, the list is long)- http://www.kraus.co.nz/
    goes really well with perusing this site.

  22. Posted September 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    awesome blog! been following you for about a year and have been excited to see new posts and what you’re up to. It’s inspired me to start my own. check it out if you want http://closetchef.wordpress.com/
    all the best and happy writing

  23. Posted October 6, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I’m trying to figure out a way to do something similar, but it’s slightly different seeing that I am already in a fairly small area. Nonetheless…
    Good Luck to ya!


  24. Catherine
    Posted October 13, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Permalink


    I just stumbled on your blog and wanted to say how happy I was to see it–I’m from Wellington originally, also transplanted to New York (Orange County, in my case). And also a food lover.

    Looking forward to reading your posts!


    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted October 14, 2009 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Wellingtonian, my favorite city in N.Z! there will be lots of good ole kiwi recipes coming up, so stick around for classic kiwi nostalgia!

      • Catherine
        Posted October 14, 2009 at 11:37 am | Permalink

        Sounds good–I just got done with some passionfruit yo-yo biscuits myself. 😉

  25. Posted January 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink


    This is Chris Olsen from Salamida Marinades – I have read your blog quite a bit, and I just wanted to get in touch. I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing one of our products? Since you are also from upstate, I would be happy to send you any of our products – specifically a combination of our Original Spiedie Sauce and a dry seasoning called Pinch. The marinade is perfect for any meat, especially chicken, pork, and lamb. The seasoning can be used as a dry rub for beef or other meat, as well as an alternative to table salt.

    If you aren’t very familiar with our company, we were founded in 1975 and have been producing Spiedie Marinades since that time. Over the years we have added many more marinades, sauces, and dry seasonings. We even have a line of hunting-based products for wild game. We still produce all of our marinades locally in Binghamton, employ many workers in the region, and have sold over 2 million bottles of our Spiedie Sauce. In case you don’t yet know what a Spiedie is – Spiedies are made of a single kind of meat, traditionally lamb, but now quite often pork or chicken, that has been cut into one inch cubes, marinated for 24 hours or more, roasted on skewers over a grill, and then served on a slice of Italian bread or on a sub roll. If you would like to know more, please check out our website at http://www.spiedie.com, and specifically http://www.spiedie.com/aboutus.mv.

    If you would be interested in trying and reviewing our product, we would be happy to send you a sample. We will also link to your blog, both from our own blog, and from our website (once our new site is online). We would also be happy to Tweet or post on Facebook whenever you have something you would like the world to know about. Just send us an email and we’d be happy to let others know about you.

    Thank you so much for your time, please let us know if you would be interested. If so, please also send an address that we could ship the product to.

    Chris Olsen

    Salamida Marinades
    Marketing Director

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted February 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi Chris thanks for stopping by, and sure I would be totally up for reviewing your product. Please provide an email address I can contact you at.
      the catskill kiwi

  26. Posted February 4, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    hey toni- amy here, bonnie’s mate. I added your link to my blog, love it! we started an Etsy vintage store, no good 60s dresses yet like I know you like but hopefully soon after another trip out mid-west, hope to hang out and talk s**t about new zealand again soon, Im going on 21st feb with the boy, taking him to meet fam…arrgghhh! Amy.

  27. Posted February 4, 2010 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    love those pics of Iceland! amazing! added your link to my blog, hope to hang out with you and bonnie again soon one day, headed to nz in a couple of weeks, freaky, taking the boy to meet the fam! Amy.

  28. Posted February 4, 2010 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    SOOORRRRYYYY I don’t know why two posted I deleted one! arrgghhh am having tech issues…amy.

  29. Ms Wing
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Yo! I am still alive, and I see that you are too, so that’s awesome . . . I have been thinking about you guys and hope you are both good. There have been some big changes in my life, well in my working life anyhow, so email me to get the full info. Love, Mon xx

  30. Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I would love to know if you would be open to letting me shoot a (fashion) collection in your (upstate) home? Please check out the site & e-mail if you are open to it. I would love to hear from you!

    Thanks so much- I appreciate your time and consideration!

    Best Regards-

  31. Ana Charro
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 4:33 am | Permalink


    I like the post you wrote about your New York appartment. I would like to ask you where did you buy the Chinese Girl Tretchikoff art print. I love it and I would like to get one. Would you recommend a poster?
    Thank you. I live in Spain.


    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted December 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ana, i got it on ebay, most of them are reproduction prints and are easily available. this is my favorite tretchikoff!

  32. Posted April 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi–found your gorgeous site through the Catskill Chronicle. I can see that you are a creative person, so I thought you might like to know about the Wildcat Fellowship Program of Claryville, NY, which I curate.
    http://wildcatfellowshipprogram.net/ In a very small way, we have an artist’s residency program. Each summer we give an emerging artist a chance to work in and enjoy the Catskills.This summer, we are collaborating with our local stream-management agency to call attention to the beauty and importance of the Neversink River. It would be wonderful if you came to one of the events and wrote about it for this great blog.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted April 12, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

      I would absolutely due that! Let me know when the events are and hopefully I can co-ordinate going when I’m upstate.

  33. Posted April 12, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Thank you! I can let you know when events are in the comments section here, or–easier for me–I can add you to the press list and e-mail you invitations, press releases, stuff like that. If the latter is OK, please send a regular e-mail to me w. the e-mail address you’d like me to use. I promise not to bombard you w. stuff. There will probably be three or four mailings between now and the end of October. I plan to try some of your recipes, btw, and will put a link to your blog on ours.

    Peace and light,

  34. Posted July 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I love your site and I added a short review and link to my blog page, “Links You’ll Like”:


    Hope that’s ok! Thanks for the always great food pix and recipes.

    Warm regards-


    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted July 26, 2011 at 7:14 am | Permalink

      Hey Rhonda, thank you, love it!

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