Welcome to “Food By Ayaka,” a cozy corner on the internet that initially started as my personal collection of beloved recipes. When I first began this blog, it was all about sharing the dishes I adored cooking and baking. Over time, though, it’s blossomed into something much bigger. It’s become a place where I not only share recipes but also weave together a tapestry of stories, anecdotes, and discoveries.

This space has grown to encompass more than just cooking. While recipes remain at its heart, I’ve found joy in sharing my love for various things. From discussions about wines that pair perfectly with certain meals to showcasing my favorite products and even delving into the beauty of seasonal fruits and vegetables, each post reflects a slice of what brings me happiness. Oh, and when Christmas rolls around, it’s craft time galore here – I absolutely adore exploring crafts, especially during the festive season.

As I’ve journeyed through this blog, I’ve discovered a newfound appreciation for cooking with seasonal produce. There’s something magical about using ingredients that are at their prime, and it’s taught me the value of sourcing local, fresh produce. Additionally, I’ve stumbled upon the art of food styling and photography – capturing the beauty of a dish is a joy, even if it means sometimes having cold dinners in pursuit of that perfect shot!

My time spent in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand has profoundly influenced my culinary journey. It’s a place that’s incredibly close to my heart, mainly because of the amazing food experiences it offers. Exploring the numerous Farmers’ Markets here is a delight; there’s an abundance of fresh, flavorful produce thanks to the fantastic soil and warm weather. I’ve highlighted many talented artisans and their specialty food items in my blog, showcasing the incredible creativity that thrives here. And let’s not forget the wines – they’re a prominent part of this region’s charm, and I can’t help but share their magnificence whenever I get the chance.

Change is inevitable, and my blog has grown and evolved just like life itself. I embrace these changes wholeheartedly because it means I’m doing something I truly love.

Thank you for joining me on this culinary journey. I hope you discover a wealth of delightful things within these pages that resonate with you.