MY STORY




Welcome friends, family & curious minds to Petite Kitchen. 

Simple is not a word honored in today’s busy lifestyle. However, it is from this very word that this little blog began. Petite Kitchen is created from my heart, every recipe encapsulates my experiences of personal research, trial and test. Resulting in each recipe created as nature intended it to be, simple!

The road to simple eating began when our 4 year old daughter Izabella, developed what was seemingly incurable severe eczema. After countless visits to doctors and specialists, nobody could shine light on her condition, nor explain the impact it had on her behavior. In seamless despair, we visited a Naturopath, who explained to us that Izabella was suffering from Gut and Psychology Syndrome (also known as GAPS), which is an imbalance of bad gut bacteria causing toxins, which was resulting in the eczema and her extreme mood fluctuations. 



The remedy? To eliminate grain, sugar, additives and preservatives from her diet, and adopt a simple, clean way of eating that our generations seemed to have lost sight of. 

It has been around 6 months since we have changed our way of eating, and I am happy to tell you that our little girl is back. Her eczema and her behavioral problems are now a distant memory. Not only has this change in diet helped our little girl in a way I cant even explain, the impact it has had on my husband, my one year old son and of course myself, have been almost unbelievable. Energy, positivity and a new lease on life now graces our home.

Petite Kitchen is the nurtured result of this transformation. It is inspiring that food, the very item that is causing obesity, depression and health epidemics of unfathomable proportions, is also the very thing that can be used to cure, cleanse and fix our body and mind.

The recipes that you find on Petite Kitchen, will nourish every aspect of your life. Simply by exchanging sugar and grains for whole, natural and unprocessed alternatives you can enjoy life’s delicious pleasures whilst creating positivity in both your mental and physical life.

Enjoy, look, and ask, but most of all, I invite you to taste. Get lost for the afternoon in your kitchen. This is the essence of my mission, to provide others with the joy and lifestyle that has graced our family. All by the execution of one little word, Simple. 


Petite Kitchen. 

For PR enquiries please email: AngelaR@allenandunwin.com
For Book distribution enquiries please email: nyssab@allenandunwin.com
For all other enquiries please email: info@petite-kitchen.com

Please understand that I am a one person operation, therefore I may not reply to every email or Facebook message I receive. Please do not be offended. Thanks so much for reading. 

To get in touch with our wonderful Naturopath contact:

Jennifer Garrett ND RCHom
The Natural Medicine Specialist
Ph: (09) 625 9966
www.jennifergarrett.co.nz
jg@jennifergarrett.co.nz

53 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story, gives one alot of hope. Good luck and thank you for sharing. Anne Hansen Gain. :)

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    1. Thank you Anne! and thanks for reading :)

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  2. Loving your blog from half way around the world! Thank you!
    Morven Baker, Ashland, Ohio USA

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    1. Hi Morven! So cool to hear you are from the other side of the world! Thanks so much for reading. Eleanor :)

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  4. I agree, it is an awesome story and it is fantastic to see all of these sugar and gluten free, clean recipes - thank you so much for sharing! I made the roast cabbage and a chicken dish tonight and cannot wait to make so many more. Cassie in Wellington

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    1. Thank you for reading Cassie! so glad you like my Recipes. Hope you enjoyed the roast cabbage and chicken!Eleanor :)

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  5. Your amazing blog will be a huge help for me to eat a gluten-free, sugar-free, processed-foods free, wholesome diet to naturally help cure my Crohn's. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Love from Belgium,
    Sarah.

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    1. Hi Sarah! I am so glad that I can help you to eat a more wholesome diet. Thanks for reading, and all the best. Eleanor x

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  6. I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon your site today and it's exquisite! From your recipes, to photographs. I love that you use some Fairtrade products. Definitely will be a regular from now on. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

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    1. Hi Ashlee!

      Thanks so much for your lovely words, I really appreciate the support! I hope you enjoy trying out some of my recipes. Eleanor :)

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  7. Hi Sarah,
    Wow a much needed and awesome to see blog come from NZ :-)

    So much on-line content comes from the 'other' hemisphere and it's great to see something more local where ingredients can be sourced.

    I have only found your blog today and am dying to try all the raw recipes, especially. I have spent a good while now woooing friends with my raw carrot cake- looking forward to expanding my repertoire.


    Thanks for the inspiration and great work!

    Kevin (Wellington)

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    1. Ooops I am so sorry, I meant Eleanor. Dumb dumb.

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    2. Hi Kevin! Thanks for your comment! so glad that you like my blog, and hope that you enjoy trying out my recipes! Your carrot cake sounds lovely. I have never made a raw carrot cake before! All the best, Eleanor :)

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  8. Have you eliminated rice as well ?
    Alanna Ratna

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    1. Hey! yes we did in the beginning, but now as we have been following the GAPS diet for quite some time, we do include other carbohydrates in to our diet in small amounts, such as rice, potatoes, chickpeas etc :) Thanks for reading! Eleanor x

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  9. I just commented on one of your recipes but had to say something here. Your blog is absolutely beautiful!

    I am paleo so don't eat grains, dairy or added sugar and your site has given me so much inspiration. I can't wait to spend the weekend baking some of your recipes - the pecan lemon cookies and raw ginger and cashew slice look amazing. My work colleagues can't understand how the way I eat is delicious or satisfying - I will have to prove them wrong with these!

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    1. Hey Jenna!

      Thanks so much for you lovely message. I hope you enjoyed your weekend of baking, and enjoy trying out my recipes. Thanks for reading. Eleanor X

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  10. Just received my Winter Journal in the mail yesterday! Love, love, love!!! Can't wait to try all the recipes and can't wait for the next Journal. Love your blog and your recipes.

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    1. Hey June! So glad that you like it! Thanks so much for the support, I really appreciate it! Eleanor X

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  11. Love your story Eleanor, it's simply inspiring! x

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  12. Eleanor,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful blog and resource. You have truly played a huge role in helping me to learn how to cook and enjoy food in a whole new way. I just placed an order for a cookbook and I can hardly wait for it to arrive. Thanks again!

    Katie

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    1. Hi Katie! thanks so much for your message. So glad that you enjoy my recipes, and hope that you enjoy the journal. Thanks so much for the support! Eleanor X

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  13. My cousin introduced me to your blog (and journal) last weekend and I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and recipes. We are dairy free because of my sons anaphylactic allergy and so it's lovely to find you, and that you're local too!

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    1. Hello Meg!

      Thanks for your message. I am so glad that you like my blog, and hope that you enjoy trying out some recipes. All the best, Eleanor X

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  14. Happy to have found you today via the Loving Earth newsletter. I started looking into the GAPS diet when my baby girl was diagnosed with cows and soy milk protein intolerance, and there was few resources out there about how to get the right nutrition into her and heal her gut lining. Many thanks for sharing your recipes. I look forward to browsing through them, and it's nice to know there's other mums out there dealing positively with the same issues. Naomi Lee

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  15. I found your blog today and just from skimming, I am very impressed. I have been trying to eat more natural products for the past year now. (though my husband is on a different page at this point). Also, my 5 year old daughter started to have behavior problems with no noticeable trigger about 6 months ago. I had just started to wonder about food sensitivities. (She does not have eczema like your daughter, but back in the winter I noticed she had two white patches on her cheeks, which I assumed were from the cold, however, she still has them in the summer, so again my mind went to food sensitivities!) Reading your intro, just makes me want to look into it all the more.

    Thanks for blogging. :)

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  16. Hi Sarah,
    I think your blog is really beautiful! The photos and recipes are both very inspiring. My blog is starting to have a similar focus on simple, natural foods as an alternative treatment to otherwise incurable illness for a family member. Sometimes it can be a challenge to think up new gluten, sugar, dairy, peanut and processed grain free desserts but recipes like yours are really helpful in thinking up new ideas and persevering.
    Lillian

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  17. This website was referred to me today .......the timing is perfect as I am always complaining of ailments in my middle aged body together with extreme tiredness and lethagy ... this will be a clean out the pantry week and a test fir my sugar weakness :-):-)

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  18. OMG – I am SO excited to have ‘discovered’ you and Home-Grown Kitchen, my hubby is gluten-intolerant, and is coming off sugar; my children are also lactose intolerant… life is becoming more and more difficult in the kitchen! So I have been thinking about how to change our lifestyle to make it work for us – you both are inspirations, and I am looking forward to finding time to really sit down and read (my children are three and one year(s) old, so time is limited)! I am even more excited about the fact you’re both kiwis, which means the ingredients are local and easy to find… roll on summer, and a chance to restart our garden again!

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  19. Thank you for your story! Your petite kitchen has been the inspiration behind my new eating regime, finally allowing me to really get it on track as well as the inspiration behind my blog post on food and health (http://bit.ly/13r4P4y) and I plan much more!

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  20. My friend shared your blog with me today ( she is in QLD) and I have book marked it, signed up for the newsletter and can't wait to try your baking recipes especially.
    I'm off sugar so these are brilliant, thank you.
    Nicola in Whangarei

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  21. What an amazing blog and simply gorgeous recipes! So glad more and more people are waking up and turning to natural ways of health. yay!

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  22. Hi, I'm a new reader to Petite Kitchen. I too, like your daughter, have eczema. It is a horrible condition. Soul destroying I'd say. I had an huge break out in my late teens, after an allergic reaction to some washing powder. It made me very depressed and I couldn't see a way to make it better. I have found that eating in a cleaner more wholesome way has definitely helped my eczema. I have less break outs. My skin is softer. I totally agree that simple is the best. I'm looking forward to eczema friendly recipes :)

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  23. Hi Eleanor, I just stumbled upon your blog today and after reading your story, I now have a new favourite blog! I intend to spend my afternoon cruising through your posts. I have a similar story to yours, except the skin condition was mine. I suffered from acne for ten years - since I was 14 - and my awesome mum took me to every specialist and bought me every cleanser, toner and moisturiser she was told would "fix" the problem, my doctor put me on all sorts of drugs and, at age 24 last year, I was still battling it. My brother suggested I go see a naturopath he had seen and that hour I spent with her changed my life. I'm a vegetarian and I have eliminated all processed foods from my diet and also some dairy products, and now I totally relate to what you said about the "energy, positivity, and new lease on life", because it's done that for me too. I also started a blog because of it and plan to study nutrition and help others with nasty confidence-shattering skin problems. Wow this is a long message, but I just wanted to make contact because it's so amazing to find someone else taking a similar journey.
    Take care, and can't wait to see more from you.
    Sarah xo
    P.S. The link to my blog is you're interested: http://greenroomnz.blogspot.co.nz/

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  24. Hi there,

    I just want to say how happy I am to have come across this Petite Kitchen!
    I have been a vegetarian my whole life and am also allergic to all nuts.
    I'm an addict to food blogs and trying out new recipes, however majority of blogs seem to incorporate nuts into most of their recipes. This is difficult for me, as it never tastes great when I try to substitute the nuts with a seed!
    I am so so grateful that a lot of your recipes don't include nuts, thank you! I can now use a blog that works for me!

    Fenella xx

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  25. Thank you so much for your blog, I cannot tell you how much this has helped our family. Our son had numerous health issues and was going deaf and following the GAPS diet prevented him having operations. However after three months I was really struggling to find recipes for food that the whole family could eat. Anyway, now we have all your amazing recipes that have been enjoyed very much. Could you also please do a blog on stock staples and treats that can be bought in NZ? I did a lot of research when in the UK but now we have moved to NZ I am lost! Thank you in advance

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  26. So happy to have stumbled on your blog through Taste Magazine! Been looking for fellow NZ blogs :D

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  27. Hi Eleanor,

    I just came across your web site following an article on www.ynet.co.il (yes, your recipe was in the Israeli news)
    It's great to see how diet had changed your family's life and your recipes are very inspirational.
    Just thought I'd recommend a kitchen appliance called Thermomix - it's an absolute awesome machine which will make your life in the kitchen so much easier - you should check this out. I have my Thermomix for 2.5 years now and I just LOVE using it to prepare healthy, raw food.
    The Australian forum for recipes is: http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/ and you will find lots of healthy recipes (as well as not so healthy ones) there.

    Keep on the good work
    Yael Manor

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  28. Hey Elenor and your Followers,
    Well done on all your work and sharing. And I'm delighted to hear your family are all so happy & healthy now.
    Maybe it's been mentioned above or somewhere else on your site...however, just in case it hasn't, a great book I've used and recommended a lot to people I've worked with is:
    Gut & Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD
    This book talks about eczema, as well as autism, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, depression, schizophrenia...
    and has been a valuable resource for myself, as well as the many I have shared it with.
    So I share it here with the trust that it will also help to support many other on their journey to optimum health & happiness.
    With love
    Mary Jane, Christchurch NZ

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  29. P.S. In my work, research and personal experience, how we live, what we feed, hydrate and nourish our bodies with, as well as what goes into our whole being through our thoughts, words, feelings and emotions all play a vital part in our overall well-being and as such, I would also like to recommend EFT or tapping for supporting healing, health & happiness. It's possibilities to heal are amazing. A good website to start looking would be The Tapping Solution or the founder of EFT Gary Craig and his website or Dr Mercola also has some extensive research on his site too. There are many more sites also doing great work out there too, with a common purpose to bring out the best in people for a happier healthier world.
    I wish this for us all
    Blessings,
    Mary Jane, x

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  30. I just found your blog and I have to say it's lovely and inspiring. Recipes look amazing (I'll start trying them soon!) and the photos are gorgeous. Keep on making amazing stuff! Saludos desde Colombia!

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  31. Goodmorning
    I enjoy reading your recipies and wondered if you have any suggestions about managing your families diet outside of the home. What do you avoid and what grains etc... do you include. Do you use raw milk products or avoid these?
    I have a three year old that devours anything with white flour (outside of home), she often suffers from a bloated stomach (as do I and I am gluten free) and I am wondering if it is linked to this or to diary/fruit?
    Do you have any suggestions, and how do you keep the male in the family full for lunch?
    Kind Regards,
    Ineke

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  32. My little one also showed signs of eczema at 5 months. Since then I've been giving her fermented coconut water (kefir) that I make myself. No signs of it since. I also had eczema as a child and went on several elimination diets. Found lots of food alternatives though and you have some great recipes here. I can highly recommend fermented foods and all their good bacteria glory!

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  33. Hi Eleanor, I would love to get a copy of your cookbook and wondered if you sell it anywhere in Wanaka or online? I see your site has sold out. Many thanks Nicki

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  34. Hi Eleanor, I was just wondering how long it took for your daughters eczema to start to clearing up after you went gluten free? Was she ever tested for celiacs disease? I have been suffering from persistent dermatitis for the last 5-6 months which I have been told is just eczema, however I disagree. After doing some research, I see that in some people this can be a symptom of celiacs. I am just interested to learn of your daughters experience. Cheers, Kim

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  35. HI Eleanor, I have not received my copy of your book yet, though I see it is in bookshops.
    I paid by PayPal on 7 April. Is it still coming? or can you please advise what I should do. Thanks
    Marion

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  36. Hi, I just bought your book and love it thank you! Hmmm what to cook this weekend .....

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  37. HI Eleanor. I'm loving your book, got it as my Bday pressie through Fly Buys! Your story re your daughter has been so inspiring, my daughter Ariel is 4, and has eczema and the mood swings. I want to stay away from chemical creams, and am using coconut oil and was looking for ways to treat her skin from the inside, and yay found your book. I shall also make contact with your naturopath. I appreciate your openess and honesty, it's rare these days, and wonderful to see how helpful it is to others. I would love to see some more picnic/school lunch recipes, so I can keep those nasty carbs out of the lunchbox, keep up the great work, and may your journey continue to be a great one.
    Warm regards,
    Sarah

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  38. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should

    let it grow and share it with the world.>learner

    motivation

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  39. Hi Eleanor, so glad to have have found your blog. My 4 year old also has severe eczema and at just 8 weeks of age my 3rd child also has it. We have been in and out of the childrens hospital and am tired of using steroid creams. We are going to go down the Paleo path and am hoping that we see some results from that. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  40. Hi Eleanor,
    I know this is a little strange but I love your hair and I recently read an article from the NZ Woman's Weekly where you shared your hair tip of rinsing your hair with apple cider, honey and water. May I ask what the benefit of the rise is? Does it make your softer or shinier etc.? I would absolutely love to be able to style my hair similarly, do you use any other products in it? I also love your new cook book!! I'm actually taking a trip to NZ toward the end of the year and your cafe is definitely on the list!

    Anyway, thanks!

    Kristie

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