So this month it’s all about Wellington here at Munch. In this post we get to meet a great Wellingtonian, Rochelle Gribble of Kiwi Families. She tells us about her family, work and shares one of her favourite recipes. This is what she had to say…

Rochelle Gribble tells us about herself

Q) Tell us about your family?

I have a wonderful little crew of girls aged 1 ,3 and 5. My poor, long suffering husband likes to watch shoot ’em up movies to compensate.
Q) What did you do before you had children?
I can’t really remember 😉 Slept more? Wore more clean clothes? Also taught English and Drama at high school level.
Q) Tell us about what you do now?
Now I have the great privilege of being the editor (and co-owner) of www.kiwifamilies.co.nz and www.babybites.co.nzwww.kiwifamilies.co.nz is New Zealand’s leading parenting information website and www.babybites.co.nz is a lovely boutique site that showcases gorgeous things for mums, bubs and kids.
Q) What does your working day or week look like?
It’s incredibly varied! Like most parents, the first part of my day is getting everyone to where they should be. I mostly work from home but sometimes from cafes or libraries and often drag my 1 year old around with me. I get to meet wonderfully interesting people and think about fun things for families. And then at 2:40 (on the dot!), I race off for the afternoon pick up. I also do quite a lot of work in the evenings.
Q) How do you fit working in around your family life?
Ooo it’s great and also tricky. I fit things in around other things a lot; send lots of emails from my phone; work lots of evenings… but I also go to the park on sunny afternoons.
Q) What is unique about your enterprise?
www.kiwifamilies.co.nz has the most astonishing collection of information about anything and everything parent-related. If you can think of it, we’ve probably got something on it. We also have an amazing group of writers who regularly contribute and offer so much insight and wisdom. Both sites give me such a nice way to meet people who are passionate about what they are doing and creating.
Q) What are your long term ambitions or goals for your enterprise?
I’d love for www.kiwifamilies.co.nz to be the first site that Kiwi mums and dads go to for information. We want it to be the kind of brand that *every* parent knows. We know we’ve got an awesome site and we want everyone to know about it. Similarly, we’d love www.babybites.co.nz to be a place that people visit regularly for inspiration on clothes, accessories, decor etc. We showcase some beautiful things, created by clever people (mostly mamas!) and we’d love every mama to see it!
Q) What is it that inspires you or motivates you?
I’m inspired by people who create the kind of life that they want to live – not just live a life they feel they have no control over. I’m in awe of people who juggle business and parenthood and love hearing stories about how people build their businesses and careers without sacrificing their families. I’m motivated by the idea that my girls will see two parents who use their skills and talents but always have time for them. Boy, it’s hard, though! Advice always welcome on this.
Q) Can you share a favourite recipe with our readers?
I find favourites extremely hard- I can never really decide. However, a current fave is Easy Chocolate Mousse (not for pregnant mamas; based on a Delia Smith recipe).
Thanks Rochelle Gribble, it was very nice to meet you!

 

Easy Chocolate Mousse
 
Ingredients
  • 200 g dark chocolate broken into pieces (I used Whittaker's 70%)
  • 20ml warm water
  • 3 large eggs, separated
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a pot of water on the stove. Add the water and stir together.
  2. Give it a good stir until it's thick and glossy. Leave it to cool.
  3. Add one egg yolk to the chocolate mix.
  4. Beat the egg whites and very, very gently, fold the egg whites into the chocolate mix. Don't over beat it.
  5. Put in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
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