Foodie in public service in Auckland New Zealand. When I say 'foodie' i mean: I like good food. I don't get to cook much because I board. So when I do cook I like to make it spectacular and for friends. Public Service? I'm a Case Manager for NZ's welfare state. It's good fun. I help people all day. I make being friendly and helpful my aim for perfection, I don't always make it but I usually get the friendly bit right! (Lots of people, it's always busy, sometimes i feel overworked, I usually stay at work far far too long... and it's all my choice! The taxpayer gets a good run for it's money out of my hours.) I'm working on improving my work life balance. mm-hmm uh-huh. I Like Sophie Gray's Destitute Gourmet Series. Still like the age old NZ classic "The Edmonds Cookbook" Pet peeves: coffee lumps in the sugar bowl. Favourie current party trick: turning up to a bbq with home 'doctored' icecream.