Cakes, Sweet

Easy Banana Cake

We love bananas! Fresh bananas, baked bananas, banana split, bananas dipped in chocolate, you name it! But the good old faithful Banana Bread took a new turn when I was introduced to Banana Cake with Lemon Icing.  This recipe is a great way to use up bananas that are over ripe but not yet ready… Continue reading Easy Banana Cake

Light Meals, Soup

Roast Tomato and Bacon Soup

I'm definitely a summer person, preferring the long, hot, sunny days enjoying ice cream on the beach or watching my little one playing at the water's edge learning to boogie board.  BBQ on the deck as the sun goes down is a great family time too, smelling the meat sizzling away, chatting with friends over… Continue reading Roast Tomato and Bacon Soup

Fudge, Slices, Sweet

Caramel and White Chocolate Fudge

Fudge can be a tricky treat as you're working with sugar and sugar is not always a willing participant. Sugar needs to reach a very high temperature before it caramelises, but the trickiness is that it can seize/crystalise) and if this happens, I've been known to empty out the pot into the bin and start… Continue reading Caramel and White Chocolate Fudge


Banoffee Pie

This combination of caramel, banana and cream is simply scrumptious and another favourite in our home.  You don't get much easier than this! A traditional biscuit/butter base can be used, but I often find these bases temperamental so prefer an easy sweet shortcrust pastry, specifically as I almost always have frozen ready-rolled pastry in the… Continue reading Banoffee Pie


Coke Chicken

The last time I tried making coke chicken was about 10 years ago, but it was just too rich with the combination of ingredients.  My husband recently brought up the topic again so, of course, I jumped straight in looking for that awesome mixture that would delight the taste buds.  I came across a recipe… Continue reading Coke Chicken

Biscuits / Cookies, Cakes, Cupcakes, Sweet

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Strawberry Butter Cream Icing

I had no idea what a Whoopie Pie was until I watched an episode of Chelsea New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker and these were part of a 5 item challenge.  Afterwards I was eager to try the recipe, but it called for Cocoa Butter - perhaps a misprint?  I wasn't sure, but after a bit… Continue reading Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Strawberry Butter Cream Icing

Light Meals

Creamy Bacon, Courgette and Lemon Pasta

Friends invited us to dinner last Saturday night and we were treated to a delicious pasta dish - Creamy Bacon, Courgette and Lemon Linguine.  I'm a HUGE fan of all things lemon so I couldn't wait to try it out at home tonight.  Having no linguine in the pantry wasn't a deterrent, any pasta shape… Continue reading Creamy Bacon, Courgette and Lemon Pasta