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About Peasepudding

A New Zealand Food Blog written by a Liverpudlian, Allison Pirrie-Mawer.

Born and raised in Liverpool, England, I began my career as an apprentice chef while studying for a three year diploma in French Cuisine. After many years working in hospitality industry in Liverpool, London and Germany I finally knew I had found home when I arrived in Muriwai on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand (Auckland) in 2000.

I had always dreamed of sharing my knowledge through cooking workshops and writing a cook book. Hubby was a bit smarter, he knows me well with my short attention span and suggested I practice writing for a book in the form of a blog. That was 4 years ago and my short attention span still loves blogging, it’s forever evolving and growing with me and whatever fad I have at the time.

Why call it Peasepudding (also know as pease porridge)? Particularly since my passion is for desserts not peas! Pease pudding is a nursery rhyme I remember from my childhood in Northern England. I had a big Mother Goose rhyme book and this was one of my favourites, even though I hated peas as a child! When I was looking for a Blog name I wanted not only something to do with food but also a link to my heritage which was unique to food Blogs, hence peasepudding.


The origins of this rhyme are unknown. The name refers to a type of porridge made from peas, pease pudding, also known as pease pottage (in Middle English. (“Pease” was treated as a mass noun, similar to “oatmeal” and from that we get the singular pea and plural peas.) One theory is that the rhyme is a doggerel by partisans of Princess Mary (Queen Mary I of England), celebrating the downfall, and disparaging the pretentions of Lady Jane Grey, the “Nine Days Queen”, indicating that she was less than royal–pease pottage being a staple of lower class commoners.

An early version of Pease Porridge Hot is a riddle found in John Newbery‘s Mother Goose’s Melody (c. 1760). See Mother Goose’s Melody 41:

peaseporridgehotimage19202The lyrics to the rhyme are:

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

When I’m not blogging or working, or perhaps that should be the other way around, I like to spend as much time in the ocean when conditions permit doing one of my new found passions, surfing. It keeps me fit, gives a great adrenalin rush and burns off al those dessert calories!

If you would like to get in touch with me via email you can reach me at:

62 Comments Post a comment
  1. Joss #

    Love it! Can’t wait to try some of the recipes – either cooked by you, me or around Muriwai.

    December 27, 2008
  2. Evie #

    Love it keep it up, will try making some of the recipes, as you know we are in Liverpool UK

    January 7, 2009
  3. Gorgeous photos, and a nice, simple blog design.
    Keep up the good work!

    March 14, 2009
  4. Fi #

    chocolate orange does it for me, may just have to make time for that one! Look forward to seeing the tower and of course indulging!

    April 7, 2009
  5. taylorsoutback #

    Just found your blog – we both appear on the listing for “Growing Blogs” hosted by WordPress which came up today! I will add you to one of my favorite places to visit – your site is filled with lovely photos and recipes. Sounds like you are very busy right now, but when you have a moment, please come for a visit and sign my “guestbook.”


    June 2, 2009
  6. Rai #

    Hi! PEAS – Golly that takes me back you use to shuffle them around your plate as your hungry sibblings waited in anticipation for you to put your fork down, so we could have seconds!
    We’d have had no chance if we,d being waiting for desert! thank goodness for PEAS!
    Fantastic food, I am the next to do a Fenton Pitts Dozen (Cornwall) Black Tie and Ballgown Dinner Party – Don’t worry you have plenty of time – I need recipies for starters and desserts that can be prepared and left earlier (think I may have them sorted since looking at your mouth watering site) any mains that you could suggest and put on your blog – (for beginner) Looking forward to the Wedding – well Wedding Cake anyway.

    Yours Porridge (YUK)

    June 18, 2009
  7. Julie #

    What a wonderful Blog! Your photos are great and creations delightful. Well done! I think you should visit us in Alaska and add some seafood recipes!

    July 22, 2009
  8. s #

    super blog..super super pictures,,every one of them

    September 27, 2009
  9. Joy Tayoor #

    Brought up on Pease pudding and Ham in Sunderland.UK – you cannot beat it!

    September 29, 2009

    What a wonderful website and brilliant recipes and photos, too. Have you published any cookbooks?
    Enjoy life and keep writing!

    October 21, 2009
  11. Hi there. The California Strawberry Commission is created a free iPhone app featuring 50 strawberry recipes from bloggers. We’d love to include this one. Email me if you’d like to participate.

    Jodi Reinman
    California Strawberry Commission

    October 22, 2009
  12. Very nice to meet you, and thank you for the kind comment on my blog! Your photos are gorgeous and your recipes look wonderful!

    October 27, 2009
  13. So nice to meet you and discover your blog! And I remember that rhyme even though I grew up in the US!

    November 3, 2009
  14. Janine Hedley #

    Wonderful blog! I live up the road from you (Huapai) and would love to know more about your cooking classes – are you planning any for 2010?

    December 4, 2009
  15. Kathleen Pease #

    Your website was of particular interest to me, hence the name Pease. Lovely photographs and delicious recipes. Would love to buy a cook book if there is one available.

    December 14, 2009
  16. Pop #

    Hi Alli. Just got onto your site. (about time too I hear you say) I am writing this while I nibble away at one of your choc/vanilla swirl shortbreads that Charlotte made yesterday.. I almost impressed but I shall have to sample several before I can really make up my mind!!!!

    The Everest Chef of the Year

    December 16, 2009
  17. I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long time now, I just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work you put into the blog. The fennel & goats cheese tarts look yum 🙂

    January 10, 2010
    • peasepudding #

      Thank you for posting a comment, as now I have found your site and will be visiting often too!

      January 11, 2010
  18. Pretty nice blog. I will be a regular reader now. Thanks for the hard work. Such blogs are a dream for any foodie.

    April 25, 2010
  19. Stopping in to invite you to check out our new food photo submission site, We love your photos and hope you will give us a try. All the needed info is included in our FAQ and submission guidelines.

    May 12, 2010
  20. I have been Googling the recipe for Pease Pudding. We had a family reunion yesterday and if Mum had be alive there would have been Pease Pudding on the menu.

    July 26, 2010
    • peasepudding #

      Sorry there is no Pease Pudding recipe on my Blog, bit naughty, I really should post one for posterity! I hope your mum would have approved of a blog named after the dish :o)

      July 29, 2010
  21. LindyLambChopsNZ #

    Found your blog when searching the net for Lavendar Cookies…..I so want to make some now! Thanks for the recipes. Nice blog. I am also in NZ. In the South Island 😉

    November 9, 2010
    • peasepudding #

      Hi Lindy, thanks for your lovely comment, good luck with the lavender shortbread, mine isn’t in bloom yet but I can’t wait to cook with it again.

      November 9, 2010
  22. Hi Alli,

    (Sorry for leaving a comment here, I couldn’t find an email address to reply to). Did you find someone to take your place at the macaron class in December? I know some foodies in Sydney who might be interested if I ask them.


    November 14, 2010
    • peasepudding #

      Unfortunately I have already donated it to someone else, thanks for asking though.

      November 14, 2010
  23. ann #

    HI – thanks so much for your visit this week to my little blog – so nice to find another Auckland foodie – so helpful to find out where to go to find the good stuff – I miss the groaning delis you find in bigger cities but Auckland has some gems… beautiful pics too. Yummo. A x

    November 26, 2010
  24. My friend sent me an email suggesting i read this. I love it, i bookmarked your site. Keep the updates coming.

    January 27, 2011
  25. Hi there,
    I am helping promote the Taste Farmers Markets New Zealand Awards 2011 (, and we are also going to promote NZ food bloggers at the same time. There’s free publicity and a foodie prize pack up for grabs! Please contact me at[at]gmail[dot]com if you’re interested, and keep up the fantastic blogging!

    March 5, 2011
  26. Hi Allison
    Thanks for the invite to join I’ve registered for membership. Looking forward to getting updates!

    June 27, 2011
  27. I am also from Northern England. I ended up in Buffalo New York. I am from Bradford. Hense my reference to Yorkshire Sticky Parkin. I am sure that I have many years on you as I grew up a couple of years before the second world war. If I tried to surf I would end up food for the Sharks. Some of our fare during the war was. jelly and custard, cornish pasties a lot of Americans think I am talking about those tassles that strippers wear.
    We also had Jordan Cake It was a golden colour not unlike a sponge cake only different somehow. If you have a recipe for that I would be most appreciative. TA LUV.

    July 16, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      Hi Bernard, thanks for your comment, I’m glad you dropped by. I actually have never made Parkin but something I have always meant to make so maybe this winter while I am craving Traditional cakes and puds. We have also just been making pasties after visiting Cornwall but I haven’t got around to writing about it yet but feel free to forward your recipe :0) keep I touch, Alli

      July 16, 2011
  28. Just discovered your blog and think it’s great. Something about Antipodeans – whether migrated from or to Aus/NZ – I just reckon we do food obsession well!

    October 26, 2011
  29. Hello from another Northern Lass in France now! Love your blog and will be following………….
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

    November 8, 2011
  30. Hi Allison! Thanks for dropping by adobodownunder and all the best on your upcoming weekend conference. Maybe when you’re in town, we can meet up. Cheers.

    November 10, 2011
  31. Great Blog,
    Like you mentioned, great to meet another Kiwi Blogger!

    December 4, 2011
  32. Hi there and thanks for subscribing to my blog! I have only recently discovered that I have a distant relative in NZ…miles from you though in Nelson…but having visited the country for 3 weeks about 6 years ago I am still intrigued! I am looking forward to reading more of your blog…am off now to check out your pork pie post as I am having cravings 😦

    December 30, 2011
  33. Hello, I was over at Roger’s and seen your name and just had to snoop! Love your blog… what little time I have to explore… I know Pease porridge hot… I use to say it to my children as I fed them. I will be back to read some of your posts as time allows and I hope that you can come by sometime would love to have you! I just noticed that Tanya, Chica Andaluza is here too!

    February 20, 2012
  34. Hello, for having such a spectacular and beautiful blog I am honored to pass on the Liebster Blog Award to you! Come by and read my post and you will see what you need to do!

    February 23, 2012
  35. Amy #

    Wow, you have a really gorgeous blog! So many yummy recipes, love it! 🙂 x

    June 23, 2012
  36. I am now following your blog and what an inspiration! Please keep up the beautiful work!

    July 15, 2012
  37. I have just followed your blog. It’s great to be able to make contact with another New Zealand blog and I am about to go through your list of NZ bloggers on the side. By the way, what is the Sweet New Zealand blogging event?

    July 20, 2012
  38. I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award on my blog because Pease Pudding is one of my favourites. If you wish to pick up the award, please come visit my blog.

    August 4, 2012
  39. Your recipes are mouthwatering – we’d love to use them on our site to add some flavour! Please get in touch if you’re interested in creating more exposure to your site.

    August 14, 2012
  40. vinicooksveg #

    You have amazing blog! Pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!Looking forward for more good stuff.

    September 29, 2012
  41. So happy to visit you in New Zealand. What a lovely and whimsical blog title. I can’t wait to discover your space and possibly read about surfing stories!

    October 16, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      thanks Sarah, I’m looking forward to more of you photos on your blog

      October 16, 2012
  42. Pop #

    Found it at long last. Better late than never,

    November 1, 2012
  43. Hi Alli. I found your blog through Sweet New Zealand. Your blog title piqued my interest. My Grandad was born and raised in Wallasey, later migrating to Auckland. I remember well being bounced on his knee while he sang me Peas Pudding. I can still hear the tune. We visited Wallasey and Liverpool in May this year. The accents were something else! Your blog is really lovely and your photography is beautiful.

    November 3, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Hi Anita, thanks for stopping by. My Kiwi hubby can’t understand a word when we go and visit and they don’t understand his accent either…very funny a,

      November 4, 2012
  44. Hello! So happy that I came across your blog! Looking forward to trying some recipes!

    November 8, 2012
  45. Janine Hedley #

    Ali, where has your fantastic tropical christmas cake recipe gone? Every year I link people to your blog to share it but this year I can’t find it! Luckily I have a printed copy for myself 🙂

    December 14, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Hi Janine, Hope you are well? Sorry I have gone into business this year selling my tropical Christmas cake so I thought I better hide my recipe in case other local companies took a liking to it. You know who to ask if you loose your copy or if you don’t get round to making it one year ;o)

      December 17, 2012
  46. deliciouslynell #

    Hi there, I’ve nominated you and your amazing blog for the sunshine award. If you’re interested please do check out this post for the rules, etc. And have a happy new year!

    December 30, 2012
  47. Have just discovered your blog, your recipes look delicious. Looking forward to trying some.

    April 19, 2013
  48. I really like your blog, so pretty and the food looks incredible and your photos are beautiful, will be checking in regularly! I lived in NZ for half a year btw, in wellington, loved it. Take care!

    May 20, 2013
  49. Great blog!!!! Plus, your Lamingtons caught my eye – I worked for an Australian in Chicago and that’s where I was first introduced to them. Can’t wait to see what else you post!

    September 6, 2013
  50. Nice blog! I’m a Geordie girl and we kind of consider pease pudding to be ‘ours’. When I was a child my grandmother lived near the pease pudding factory and I used to love walking past to smell that wonderful aroma of cooking split peas

    October 4, 2013
    • peasepudding #

      I would loved to have smelt it, probably no longer there hey?

      November 7, 2013
  51. Rudolf Ian Ballena #

    Hi Allison, im interested with sausagemaking. Is there any class this december and january next year?

    Ian from Dannemora

    December 8, 2013
  52. Yes, how well I remember that Nursery rhyme from my childhood and I began to recite it to myself ! I am third generation Brit. Both my great grandparents migrated from Kent to Halifax, NS and then to North Beverly, Massachusetts. Both my grandmother and my great grandmother did a lot of cooking and I learned some of the traditional and rare Brit recipes from them and I was raised from early childhood on the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes….I am a year away from age 80 and still cooking and entertaining !

    January 22, 2014

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